There is something that warms me everytime that I see this album cover – maybe it’s the lack of pretension, the totally natural album artwork, or maybe my response is influenced by the incredible music that is contained on this record. This is basically the best reggae album that you’ve never heard (and if you have heard it, then you’ve already got your reward).
These tracks were recorded and produced in 1977 by Lee Perry at The Black Ark studio, yet strangely they weren’t released until 1993 on the Seven Leaves record label. The album was pressed in limited numbers and is pretty much impossible to find now. I always wanted the Blood and Fire label to pick this one up for re-release and give it the attention it deserves.
The Congos “Heart of the Congos” album is usually referenced as being one of the defining works to come from the Black Ark Studio when Lee Perry was at the height of his production powers, but for our money, this record is right up there too.
This album is packed full of glorious singing, amazing harmonies and first rate songwriting, all recorded over some incredible, dark, and complex Black Art productions.
Plus if I ever found myself wanting to go on a fishing trip – then it would be with these guys.
- Conscious Man
- Brotherly Love
- Have A Little Faith
- Back Biter
- Cool Down
- Babylon A Fight Rasta
- Dread Dreader
- Play Play
Listen to Conscious Man by The Jolly Brothers:
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Listen to Dread Dreader by The Jolly Brothers: