The Heptones Sweet Talking
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- Released: May 8, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Heartbeat / Pgd
Dirty Linen - p.58"[T]he vocals and the songs themselves are more rooted in 60s American soul -- sweet and focused on romance..."
The Beat (Magazine) - p.13"Vocal harmony trio reached a high point with the original Heptones at Studio One....A crucial selection from one of the greatest vocal groups ever."
- 1.Equal Rights
- 2.Pretty Looks Isn't All
- 3.Sweet Talking
- 4.We Are In The Mood
- 5.Let's Try - (extended mix)
- 6.How Can I Leave You
- 7.One Love
- 8.Tripe Girl
- 9.It's Like Heaven
- 10.Only Sixteen
- 11.Every Day And Every Night
- 13.Message To The Blackman - (extended mix)
- 14.Give Me The Right
- 15.Sad Songs - (featuring Barry Llewelyn)
- 16.Glory Land
- 17.Why Did You Leave Me To Cry
- 18.In Love With You
The Heptones: Barrington 'Barry' Llewelyn, Earl Morgan, Leroy Sibbles (background vocals).
Personnel: Leroy Sibbles (vocals); Fil Callender, Hux Brown (guitar); Johnny Lee Moore (horns); Bunny Williams (drums).
Additional personnel: Eric Frater, Ernest Ranglin, Errol Walters, Huks Brown, Lyn Taitt, Patrick McDonald (guitar); "Deadly" Headley Bennett, David Madden, Glen DaCosta, Johnny Moore , Roland Alphonso, Vin Gordon, Bobby Ellis, Cedric Brooks (horns); Jackie Mittoo, Richard Ace, Robert Lyn (keyboards); Wallin Cameron, Boris Gardiner (bass instrument); Bunny Williams, Fil Callender, Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace (drums); Denzel Laing (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Chris "Poet" Wilson.
Recording information: Jamaica Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamaica.
Arranger: Clement "Coxsone" Dodd.
This collection of vintage late-1960s and early-'70s tracks from the Heptones' years at Coxsone Dodd's Studio One record label features many fine examples of the band's songwriter and lead singer Leroy Sibbles' blend of conscious lyrics and commercial pop. Notable among the latter are the gorgeous "Pretty Looks" and the bubbling "Sweet Talking," where Sibbles' honey-toned voice soars over an irresistibly danceable rhythm, while socially conscious cuts include the militant, Junior Murvin-sounding "Message to the Black Man" and the early "Equal Rights" (not the Peter Tosh song).
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