The heptones - time will tell


To add to this already grand project, acclaimed filmmakers Rick Mereki (of MOVE, EAT, LEARN fame), producer Lauren Rosa Beck and photographer Lara Merrington traveled to Cuba and Jamaica to capture every moment on film. They will be providing an independent documentary which will celebrate the music and stories of the artists involved against the backdrop of three diverse nations.

He may have more in common with Iggy Pop, who’s seventh album, if you count his first band The Stooges and the  Kill City album, was  New Values  (1979) at the age of 32. Or since we didn’t count the Yardbirds and Kyuss , for Page and Homme, we could say it’s  Blah Blah Blah (1986), when Iggy was 39. While that album may seem to be clearly post-peak Pop, it’s a lot more interesting in retrospect. Besides having a decent radio hit with “Real Wild Child (Wild One),” it was co-produced by his old pal David Bowie , (seventh album, 1974’s Diamond Dogs , age 27) included the Sex Pistols ‘ Steve Jones in the band, and sported a fascinating metallic sheen that balanced between the worlds of AOR, pop and heavy metal. And “Cry For Love” and “Winners & Losers” were pretty awesome. Despite I’m sure many predictions for his early death, Pop kept trucking along, making more okay to good albums, reuniting with The Stooges for several awe-inspiring tours, then collaborating with one Josh Homme for the excellent  Post Pop Depression (2016) at the age of 69. Continue reading →

In 1973, the Heptones began a wandering existence, moving from studio to studio, cutting singles for most of the name producers on the island. Some of their most successful numbers were recorded under the aegis of Harry J., "Book of Rules" included. Leroy Sibbles arranged the song and provided his signature bass line to the proceedings. The pretty piano line is prominent and creates a counter rhythm that worked well for those keen to show off their John Crow dance moves, while in later years roots' crowds would follow Sibbles' own skank-friendly pulsating rhythm. "Book" was one of the group's first major contributions to the roots movement, and this religiously themed single proved to be a great favorite both in Jamaica and in Britain, where it crept into the bottom reaches of the pop chart. The song was given a further boost when it was included on the Rockers soundtrack. Having signed to Island Records in 1975, a number of the trio's hits were revisited, "Book" included, on their label debut, Night Food. As was typical of Island back then, the songs were rejigged for white audiences, and "Book" was lumbered with a totally extraneous lush string section. The original was perfect as it was.

Hiroshi Yoshimura — Music For Nine Postcards: Hiroshi Yoshimura intended the nine one-bar pieces that make up Music For Nine Postcards to be played slowly, over and over again, with slight drifts in the melody and tempo meant to recreate the movements of the cloud and shade he’d see out of his window. The recordings he made with Satoshi Ashikawa and released in 1982 (reissued by Empire of Signs in November) move at a cosmic pace, and their intermixed sadness and sweetness give it a sense of personhood missing from much ambient music before or since. ( buy )

1. No Woman, No Cry – Bob Marley and the Wailers
2. Israelites – Desmond Dekker
3. Stir It Up – Bob Marley
4. Pressure Drop – Toots & The Maytals
5. The Harder They Come – Jimmy Cliff
6. One Love – Bob Marley/The Wailers
7. 54-46 That’s My Number – Toots & the Maytals
8. Satta Massagana – The Abyssinians
9. Funky Kingston – Toots & The Maytals
10. Montego Bay – Freddie Notes & The Rudies
11. Many Rivers To Cross – Jimmy Cliff
12. Marcus Garvey – Burning Spear
13. Legalize It – Peter Tosh
14. Redemption Song – Bob Marley
15. Here I Come – Dennis Brown
16. Get up, Stand Up – Bob Marley
17. Rudy Got Soul – Desmond Dekker & the Aces
18. The Tide Is High – The Paragons
19. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley and the Wailers
20. Everything I Own – Ken Boothe
21. Night Nurse – Gregory Isaacs
22. You Don’t Care – The Techniques
23. Viet Nam – Jimmy Cliff
24. Rivers of Babylon – The Melodians
25. Police and Thieves – Junior Murvin
26. Buffalo Soldier – Bob Marley & the Wailers
27. Red Red Wine – UB40
28. Cherry Oh Baby – Eric Donaldson
29. The Upsetter – Lee “Scratch” Perry
30. Sitting and Watching – Dennis Brown
31. Jamming – Bob Marley and The Wailers
32. Wear You to the Ball – The Paragons
33. Two Sevens Clash – Culture
34. I Shot the Sheriff – Bob Marley
35. Armagideon Time – Willie Williams
36. 007 (Shanty town) – Desmond Dekker
37. A Love I Can Feel – John Holt
38. Revolution, Pt. 1 – Dennis Brown
39. Queen Majesty – The Techniques
40. Natty Rebel – U-Roy
41. Loving Pauper – Dobby Dobson
42. Natural Mystic – Bob Marley
43. Equal Rights/Downpresser Man – Peter Tosh
44. Rock Steady – Alton Ellis
45. Do The Reggay – Toots & The Maytals
46. Don’t Stay Away – Phyllis Dillon
47. Baby Why – The Cables
48. One Blood – Jr. Reid
49. Iron Lion Zion – Bob Marley
50. Books Of Rules – The Heptones
51. Telephone Love – . Lodge
52. Blackheart Man – Bunny Wailer
53. Nanny Goat – Larry & Alvin Marshall
54. Unchained – Bob Andy
55. Tenement Yard – Jacob Miller
56. Ba Ba Boom – The Jamaicans
57. I Am Still in Love – Alton Ellis
58. Pass the Kouchie – The Mighty Diamonds
59. Wonderful World, Beautiful People – Jimmy Cliff
60. Mama Africa – Peter Tosh
61. Fade Away – Junior Byles
62. How Could I Leave – Dennis Brown
63. Soon Forward – Gregory Isaacs
64. Trenchtown Rock – Bob Marley/The Wailers
65. Westbound Train – Dennis Brown
66. Cool Rasta – The Heptones
67. My Conversation – Slim Smith & The Uniques
68. You Can Get it if You Really Want – Jimmy Cliff
69. Now That We Found Love – Third World
70. Talk About Love – Pat Kelly
71. I Need a Roof – The Mighty Diamonds
72. 1865 (96 Degrees in the Shade) – Third World
73. Declaration of Rights – The Abyssinians
74. War Ina Babylon – Max Romeo
75. Big Ship – Freddie McGregor
76. Waiting In Vain – Bob Marley
77. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – Black Uhuru
78. I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
79. What One Dance Can Do – Beres Hammond
80. Crying Over You – Ken Boothe
81. Someone Loves You – JC Lodge
82. Sonny’s Lettah (Anti-Sus Poem) – Linton Kwesi Johnson
83. What Kind Of World – The Cables
84. Rain from the Skies – Delroy Wilson
85. Everything Crash – The Ethiopians
86. Love Me Forever – Carlton & The Shoes
87. Johnny Too Bad – The Slickers
88. Love Is My Religion – Ziggy Marley
89. Monkey Man – Toots & The Maytals
90. War/No More Trouble – Bob Marley and the Wailers
91. Can I Change My Mind – Alton Ellis
92. Duppy Gunman – Ernie Smith
93. Zungguzgung -Yellowman
94. Black Cinderella – Errol Dunkley
95. Have Mercy – The Mighty Diamonds
96. Tumblin’ Down – Ziggy Marley & The Melod…
97. My Boy Lollipop – Millie Small
98. Hold Me Tight – Johnny Nash
99. Angel – Shaggy
100. Dreadlocks in Moonlight – Lee “Scratch” Perry


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