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Image: 1609331 The ultimate edition of the Roots Reggae masterpiece release 1977-2017! The album classic was originally issued in 1977 in Jamaica only and 20 years later in 1997 released by the Blood & Fire label as the outstanding but now deleted "Heart Of The Congos". VP Records' sub-label 17 North Parade has released now the definitive 2017 re-mastered 3LP deluxe edition put together with both respect and gratitude to that illustrious antecedent (also available as 3CD-set incl. the ultrarare original LP mix). This new 3LP-Vinyl-set is based on the more well-known mix and master from the Blood & Fire re-release, plus dubs, disco mixes, seven and twelve inch versions and has with "Don’t Blame It On I" an overlooked previously unreleased track unearthed. The 3LP-Vinyl was state-of the-art re-mastered again by Kevin Metcalfe and comes in a 6mm spine jacket sleeve with full colour printed illustrated inner sleeves and the liner notes by Noel Hawks. Stickered with the quote: "The best roots reggae album ever..." (Lloyd Bradley)

3LP-Vinyl
A1. Fisherman
A2. Congoman
A3. Open Up The Gate
A4. Children Crying
B1. La La Bam-Bam
B2. Can’t Come In
B3. Sodom And Gomorrow
B4. The Wrong Thing
C1. Ark Of The Covenant
C2. Solid Foundation
C3. Don’t Blame It On I
C4. At The Feast
D1. Neckodeemus
D2. Solid Foundation (Disco Cork Mix)
D3. Foundation Dub
E1. Congoman (12Inch Mix)
E2. Congoman Chant
F1. Bring The Mackaback
F2. Fisherman Dub
F3. Noah Sugar Pan

CREDITS
Bass: Boris Gardiner, Geoffrey Chung (Track 1), Winston 'Brubeck' Wright (Track 2)
Drums: Mikey 'Boo' Richards, Lowell 'Sly' Dunbar, Paul Douglas (Track 1)
Lead Guitar: Ernest Ranglin
Rhythm Guitar: Robert 'Billy' Johnson
Organ: Winston 'Brubeck' Wright
Piano: Keith Stewart
Percussion: Lee Perry, Noel 'Skully' Simms, Uziah 'Sticky' Thompson
Backing Vocals: Watty 'King' Burnett, The Meditations, Candy McKenzie (Track 4), Barry Llewellyn, Earl Morgan, Gregory Isaacs (all Track 5)
Written by Cedric Myton, Roydel Johnson, Lee Perry
Produced by Lee 'Scratch' Perry and The Congos
Recorded in The Black Ark

MARKETING
Print advertising: Reggae Vibes (FR), Echoes (GB), Riddim (DE/AT/CH), Piranha (DE)
Web banner: Reggae.be (BE), Vibes FM (GB) (both 4-weeks commencing week of release)
Social media: Facebook campaign commencing week of release.
PROMOTION
Reviews / interviews targeted in print media: Songlines Magazine (GB), Echoes (GB), MOJO (GB), Guardian Newspaper (GB), Reggae Vibes (FR), Q Magazine (GB), Piranha Magazine (DE), The Voice (GB), The Wire (GB), Riddim Magazine (DE/AT/CH).
Online media: Party Time (FR), Reggaemani (SE), Gaffa.dk (DK), Hot MC (IT) / Reggaeville (WORLDWIDE) / Reggae Portugal (PT) / Reggae.be (BE) / Reggae-vibe.com (NL) / World A Reggae (NL).
Radio / Specialized shows: BBC 1Xtra David Rodigan / BBC Radio Lancashire / BBC Radio Leicester / BBC Radio 6 / BBC Radio Bristol /Black Echoes (Dublin) / BCFM (Bristol) / Colourful Radio (London) / Conscious Radio (London) / Mi-Soul (London) / Mouv’ (France) / New Style (Birmingham) / Peace FM (Manchester) / RTS Radio (Switzerland) / Ujima Radio (Bristol) / Kemet Radio (Nottingham) / Soho Radio (London)
Social media: (Facebook, Twitter, Shazam, Instagram, iTunes) commencing week of release. Available from 19.05.2017
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