Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Heptones

I assure you its a coincidence...two old-school Jamaican vocal group posts in two days...The Heptones don't shine as brightly for me as John Holt, the subject of yesterday's post, but there are some great jams to be dug out nonetheless...

In the rocksteady era and early-mid reggae period The Heptones were most closely aligned with Coxsone Dodd and Studio One. By the mid/late 70s they were securely in the Scratch camp. In between they worked with Joe Gibbs, Danny Holloway and others.

They didn't make the Rasta transition as well as John Holt did and by the late 70s were pretty outmoded though the carried on in different incarnations while ultimately reuniting the original members in the mid-90s.

Another wonderful bio at All Music Guide
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The Heptones: Dock of the Bay
from a Studio One 12" rip

I've Got a Feeling

from a Studio One 7" rip

Sea of Love
from a Studio One 7" rip

Streets of Gold

from a Tom Tom 12" rip

Earl Sixteen & The Heptones side A/King Tubby dub on side B (both in one MP3 here): Children Rise/Rising Dub
from a Trench Town 10" rip

The Heptones, Jah Buzz & Freddie McGregor: Equal Rights
from a Studio One 12" rip