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Congos “Heart of the Congos” is perhaps the greatest LP recorded at the Black Ark by Lee Perry. Conscious lyrics, psychedelic instrumentation, beautiful harmonies and brilliant production techniques involving echoed drum machines and nyabinghi drumming permeate this classic, recently re-invigorated by RVNG’s project with the group. I scored an original copy of this when I worked at Princeton Record Exchange for $8.00 in the late 90’s. It completely changed my opinion of Jamaican music.
Culture “Two Sevens Clash” was a major hit in Jamaica and in reggae circles around the world. Based on a prophecy that New Years Day, 1977 would bring about the Judgement Day (when the two sevens clash), the song had such an effect that stores and school’s around Jamaica closed on that day. One of the best written albums of the genre with the unbelievable lead vocals of Joseph Hill (RIP), this is a record that cemented Joe Gibbs as one of the greatest producers of the era.
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Together they give a great snapshot of underground music from both sides of the Atlantic at the time. Ayers’s more whimsical and playful English qualities are counter-parted with the more naturaland free-flowing Americana apparent on Thompson’s LP.