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Heart Of The Congos [Original recording remastered]

Congos Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Audio CD (26 Jan 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blood & Fire
  • ASIN: B000005L86
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,225 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Fisherman
2. Congoman
3. Open Up The Gate
4. Children Crying
5. La La Bam-Bam
6. Can't Come In
7. Sodom And Gomorrow
8. The Wrong Thing
9. Ark Of The Covenant
10. Solid Foundation
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Congoman (12' Mix)
2. Congoman Chant
3. Bring The Mackaback
4. Noah Sugar Pan
5. Solid Foundation (Disco Cork Mix)

Customer Reviews

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this NOW! 23 Jun 2004
By Rudy
Format:Audio CD
This album is faultless. The harmonising is sublime with some backing vocals by Gregory Isaacs and The Heptones. For this album alone The Congos rate alongside The Wailers, Mighty Diamonds, Wailing Souls, The Abyssinians and Israel Vibration as one of the great Jamaican vocal groups. The production by Lee Perry is hard to describe, you literally need to hear it to understand what he achieved using equipment that wasn't exactly state of the art. Lee Perry is a genius, and this album is his Pet Sounds. The Black Ark studio produced some great albums like War Inna Babylon and Police and Thieves but this is the one true defining statement of Lee Perry's awesome talent. The only music that Perry produced that really compares is the African Herbsman and Soul Rebels albums by The Wailers.
Heart Of The Congos is the closest that roots reggae and dub ever came to combining cohesively on one album. The whole album is classic but if I had to pick a favourite it would be Open Up The Gate. Blood and Fire have a tremendous record in regards to their remasters and this certainly doesn't buck the trend. I can also recommend Heartbeat and Pressure Sounds record labels if you want some more reggae to add to the collection, just don't blame me when you end up spending all your money!
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This album, quite simply, is one of the most powerful musical statements ever committed to record. Beyond reggae it says something universal and entirely human about the desire for spiritual and social fufillment that lies within us all. Each and every song seems to come from a place of immense pain but with the promise of enlightment. As a complete fan of all Jamaican music I believe this to be the most complete version of all roots/Rastafarian beliefs -and I defy anyone to listen to 'Open up the Gate' without it turning to heart to stone with its pure and utter vocal beauty. An absolute classic. A must!!!!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Genius 7 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
This isn't just one of the best reggae albums ever. It's one of the best albums ever in any genre.

The sound is revolutionary and seems to drip with the sweat of the jungle. The harmonies are beautiful, The arrangements are imaginative and the packaging on the Blood & Fire release is so full of love for this album that it almost makes you weep.

Lee Perry once was the top record producer in the world, bar none. This is the evidence.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely the BEST REGGAE ALBUM EVER!! 22 Nov 2001
Format:Audio CD
In my opinion, there can be no argument. It is impossible to listen to this album more than once without being forced to sing along. You cannot fail to be captivated by its haunting beauty. (ooh yeah, what a la la bam bam bam) This is Lee 'Scratch' Perry's finest hour. If you think you may have ANY sort of interest in Reggae music then you MUST own this album.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Redeem your Soul. GET THIS! 8 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
Pardon my being repetitive, but it would be a cardinal sin not to share my opinion.

The praise can't be shouted loud enough. Please believe all the hype you have heard about this one!

'Open (your heart) up (to) the gates of Zion', because the genius that is Mr Lee S. Perry is DEFINITELY in full effect here with The Congos, the Upsetters, and his celestial ensemble of back up singers.

Don't do 'The wrong thing'! Build yourself a 'Solid Foundation'. 'Bring the Mackaback', and revel with brother ants inna 'Noah Sugar Pan'.

If the 'Ark of the Covenant' were music, this CD would definitely be it.

Beg, borrow, steal (or preferably) BUY this Album.

Redeem your soul, justify your existence, and lose yourself in the musical, visionary and artistic FEAST that is the 'Heart of the Congos'

The extra disc of mixes/versions is the cherry on top of a pie so sweet that you risk contracting diabetes.

Big up to 'Blood and Fire Limited' for getting this rarity re-released to one & all.

Ras Small Axe
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I bought this hoping it had some different mixes of the Congos best album, but it seems to have been mastered at a slightly faster speed than the edition on Blood & Fire [which has more & longer tracks]. VP should pay attention to details like that if they want to match the other B&F edition [which also has bonbus tracks included]
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the greatest Reggae album of all time 2 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A bold statement, but this is a real classic that has stood the test of time. The vinyl copy I own is worn to a frazzle, this CD version has the benefit of bonus tracks.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pure quality 18 Oct 2004
Format:Audio CD
what a superb album.this really does rank above even the gladiators;trenchtown mix up,twinkle brothers;countrymen and israel vibrations "same song.'scratch' perrys production is truly brilliant.an absolute must for any true reggae fans.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars heart of congos
The first track "Fisherman" is great but the rest of the album fails to appeal in the same way. Some of the reviews have perhaps overrated this.
Published 4 months ago by fridge magnet
3.0 out of 5 stars My fault I guess!
For Heart Of The Congos there are 2 versions available - the original CD or the cleaned up and remastered version. Read more
Published 4 months ago by fishyhoops
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet vocals showcase strong songs but the muted backing loses a sound...
This is a reggae milestone album. The 1977 album was a favourite of many reggae fans on release and like much of the roots/dub material on release from then it requires a fat sound... Read more
Published 7 months ago by "Belgo Geordie"
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing album
I had this album in my youth on Go Feet Records a label owned and produced by the beat. This was one of my first introductions to roots rock reggae. Read more
Published 15 months ago by The Book Corner
5.0 out of 5 stars Be careful which version you get
This is undoubtedly a superb piece of music. I bought a VP label release of this and was really disappointed with the muddy mix which sounds like an audio version of a movie filmed... Read more
Published on 17 May 2012 by James Osborn
1.0 out of 5 stars Muddy Mix
I agree with another reviewer, the music's magnificent but the mp3 version I downloaded is poorly mixed, muted vocals and drums, unclear bass. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2011 by K. Hannay
3.0 out of 5 stars This version suffers poor production
Firstly - fantastic album that deserves five stars without any difficulty. It's a supremely uplifting album with beautiful melodies all baked to perfection by Lee Perry in the... Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2011 by a23
5.0 out of 5 stars not a reggae album
Irrelevant that it ostensibly belongs to that category really. A music album, one of the best there has been. Read more
Published on 8 May 2011 by Dr. Tim J. Edensor
3.0 out of 5 stars misleading
amazon have collated the reviews for this- the vp release, and the blood and fire release. i only bought this because i read the reviews and assumed this was just a different blood... Read more
Published on 8 May 2011 by K. Nee
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware which version you get!
First off, if you're even remotely curious about the sounds of Jamaica in the '70s, this is an absolute must-have album. Read more
Published on 12 April 2011 by john bretherton
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