- Released: March 1, 1997
- Label: Heartbeat / Pgd
- 1.Be a Man
- 2.Stick Man
- 3.Sea of Love
- 4.Tea for Two
- 5.Choice of Color - (Extended Mix)
- 6.Young Gifted and Black
- 7.Ting a Ling
- 8.Please Be True
- 9.Get in the Groove - (Extended Mix)
- 11.I Shall Be Released
- 12.Nine Pounds of Steel
- 13.Love Won't Come Easy
- 14.Love Me with All of Your Heart
- 15.You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
- 16.Joy Joy
The Heptones: Leroy Sibbles (vocals, bass); Barry Llewelyn, Earl Morgan (vocals).
Additional personnel includes: Eric Frater, Ernest Ranglin (guitar); Deadley Hedley (alto saxophone); Cedric Brooks, Roland Alphonso (tenor saxophone); David Madden (trumpet); Vin Gordon (trombone); Jackie Mittoo, Richard Ace (keyboards); Bryan Atkinson (bass); Leroy Wallace, Phil Callender, Bunny Williams (drums); The Soul Vendors, Sound Dimension, Soul Defenders.
Compilation producers: C.S. Dodd, Chris Wilson.
Recorded at Jamaica Recording And Publishing, Kingston, Jamaica. Includes liner notes by Roger Steffens.
Personnel: Earl Morgan, Underground Vegetables, Barry Llewellyn, Leroy Sibbles, Anthony Ellis (vocals); Eric Frater, Ernest Ranglin (guitar); Deadly Headley (alto saxophone); Roland Alphonso, Cedric Brooks (tenor saxophone); David Madden (trumpet); Vin Gordon (trombone); Jackie Mittoo, Richard Ace (keyboards); Bunny Williams, Phil Callender, Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace (drums).
Audio Remixer: Chris Wilson.
Liner Note Author: Roger Steffens.
Recording information: Jamaica Recordings, 13 Brentford Road, Kingston, Jamaic.
Photographer: Chris Wilson.
Unknown Contributor Role: Chris Wilson.
Arrangers: Clement "Coxsone" Dodd; Jackie Mittoo; Richard Ace.
Sixteen tracks recorded under the direction of Clement "Coxsone" Dodd at Studio One, probably from the late '60s and early '70s. (The liner notes, as is par for the course on reggae reissues, seem to avoid even general estimates of the actual dates as if these were sensitive state secrets.) Studio One maintained an extremely consistent track record during this era, and the Heptones, though not the very best Jamaican harmonizers, were certainly in the top league. So it comes as no surprise to find Sea of Love a fine collection of rocksteady cuts, including quality originals and soulful covers of hits by Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, and the Righteous Brothers. Especially sweet is the version of "I Shall Be Released," one of the finest overlooked Bob Dylan covers. ~ Richie Unterberger