The Congos - Heart of the Congos

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  1. garrincha

    garrincha Well-Known Member Thread Starter

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  2. hutlock

    hutlock Forum Resident

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    The Blood & Fire version. By a country mile.
     
  3. Arkay_East

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    Given the choice I would get the B&F also. Having said that, I just picked up whatever version is currently in print for $15 and it does not sound terrible when compared to a lot of other reggae releases. Some of the records that were pressed by big labels sound great, but anything even a little bit off the beaten path usually sounds a little bit "lofi" shall we say.

    I would be very interested in a reggae best pressing thread for some of the releases by Culture, Congos, U-Roy etc.
     
  4. Neonbeam

    Neonbeam All Art Was Once Contemporary

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    100% the B&F version. It comes close to being "definitive":righton:
     
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  5. Dubmart

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    If you aren't bothered about the extra tracks then get the Go Feet, it's an almost contemporary issue, is nicely done and pressed and costs a lot less than the BAF, at least in the real world if not on Discogs.

    If you want extra tracks and lovely packaging go BAF, if you want them with a nicer pressings go Simply Vinyl.
     
  6. jawaka1000

    jawaka1000 Well-Known Member

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    You want the extra tracks!
     
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  7. Dubmart

    Dubmart Forum Resident

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    Incidentally has everyone recommending the BAF actually listened to the Go Feet? Just because the BAF is nice doesn't mean the Go Feet isn't.
     
  8. Dubmart

    Dubmart Forum Resident

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    Then you need the 12" as well, or just buy the CD version.
     
  9. zphage

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    June 2nd US:

    40th anniversary of original or 20th anniversary of reissue:


    20 years after the release of Blood & Fire’s outstanding but now deleted ‘Heart Of The Congos’ reissue, VP Records /17 North Parade release a definitive, 2017 remastered 3CD edition, put together with both respect and gratitude to that illustrious antecedent. This new deluxe 3CD edition is the first to feature the now almost impossible to find original mix of the album, unavailable since producer Lee Perry withdrew the set in 1977. Also includes the more well-known re-mix, dubs, disco mix, seven and twelve inch versions and ‘Don’t Blame It On I’ an overlooked previously unreleased track unearthed, too late to include on the Blood & Fire release, by Steve Barrow and David Katz in 1997. Look out for a featured track on the Songlines Magazine covermount CD, May 2017 issue!



    The Congos-Don't Blame it on I
     
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  10. quindembo

    quindembo New Member

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    Any reports on how the 40th anniversary version sounds?
     
  11. C6H12O6

    C6H12O6 Forum Resident

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    Damn, I didn't even know about this until they mentioned it on Sound Opinions. Price ain't bad:
    The Congos - Heart Of The Congos - Amazon.com Music

    They didn't really review the sound quality though, but Greg Kot mentioned that the album was commonly released in bootleg-quality releases and to avoid those (i.e. if you're going to get it, get this version).
     
  12. DRM

    DRM Forum Resident

    Initially I thought this thread was about the great music of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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  13. RZangpo2

    RZangpo2 Forum Know-It-All

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    Anyone had a chance to compare the 40th anniversary 3LP to the Blood & Fire pressing?
     
  14. Machiventa

    Machiventa Forum Resident

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    I'd like to know this also, as well as overall sound quality/pressing.
     
  15. Crush87

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    Bump for SQ reviews on the new vinyl reissue...
     
  16. mr.datsun

    mr.datsun Forum Resident

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    The Go Feat has the proper cover. If it sounded ok that would sway it for me.

    Can the 3xLP on VP be trusted? My VP repress of Lee Perry Roastfish was mastered at inconsistent speed. Maybe they are better today but I don't know.

    And what's the story concerning the mix? The VP press release says this is the first time the original mix has been available since 1977!
     
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  17. 99thfloor

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    Yes, the very first pressing had a different mix, which has not been reissued before, but that mix is not part of the 3-LP set, only the 3-CD (it was issued separately on LP for RSD), so it's a moot point if you're looking to get the vinyl. I only have the CD set, but I think you can safely expect the LPs to be excellent.

    Here is the story of the different pressings and the two mixes: Upsetter Station - Out Of Africa Comes The Congoman
     
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  18. mr.datsun

    mr.datsun Forum Resident

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    Fascinatingly complex pressing history. Thank-you.
     
  19. Willowman

    Willowman Forum Resident

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    That's a great read - thx.
     
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  20. mr.datsun

    mr.datsun Forum Resident

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    Reading the story – I would have thought that it was hard to get the original 53 minute full-length versions (both mixes) of the album onto an LP without compromise of sound quality, which is why, I guess, later versions had tracks shortened.
     
  21. 99thfloor

    99thfloor Forum Resident

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    This is Reggae we are talking about, do you really think there were such rational reasons behind it? :laugh:
     
  22. Dhreview16

    Dhreview16 Forum Resident

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    I have the Go Feet VPRL 1287 vinyl which I bought in 2015 (though Amazon lists it as release in 2010). It's about £15/$20 over here, new. It sounds OK, not great, to me! which rightly or wrongly I put down to the recording. I don't know how it compares to the Blood and Fire version, so that may well be better. (I'm happy to take Forum members expertise on that). I didn't really try to compare versions (different covers, tracks or lengths of tracks) but just got it alongside Culture's Two Sevens Clash after reading various reggae threads.
     
  23. mr.datsun

    mr.datsun Forum Resident

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    Not if you say otherwise!

    I thought the Go Feet mentioned was a 1980 pressing?
     
  24. Dubmart

    Dubmart Forum Resident

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    It is, the catalogue number is for one of the previous VP issues, there have been a few.
     

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