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|Official Release Date||Mar 03, 2009|
- Manufacturer: Ernie B
track listing1. Equal Rights2. Pretty Looks Isn't All3. Sweet Talking4. We Are in the Mood5. Let's Try [extended Mix]6. How Can I Leave You7. One Love8. Tripe Girl9. It's Like Heaven10. Only Sixteen11. Every Day and Every Night12. Baby13. Message From a Blackman [extended Mix]14. Give Me the Right15. Sad Songs - the Heptones, Barry Llewelyn16. Glory Land17. Why Did You Leave Me to Cry18. In Love with You
descriptionA plethora of compilations has been dedicated to the phenomenal recordings of the Heptones, but so prolific were they, and so high-quality their music, that no single collection can really do the band's career justice. Sweet Talking doesn't try, preferring to focus exclusively on the trio's stunning work at Studio One during the rocksteady and early reggae years. The Heartbeat label has previously scattered a number of these tracks across their numerous Studio One compilations, while many others are easily found on Trojan sets. However, three songs are debuting on CD here, with the rest of the album mostly culled from rare stereo mixes that are also making their first appearance on CD, a boon for audiophiles and collectors. As for the selection itself, well, it's hard to go wrong when you're picking from this period, and many of the Heptones' finest moments are featured within. But there are some surprising omissions; their 1967 breakout hit, "Fatty Fatty," and the much versioned "Get in the Groove" spring immediately to mind, and with the set clocking in at just under an hour, there was room for both. Which is good, because fans wouldn't want to lose any of the tracks that are included, from the most familiar to the lesser-known gems, like the Motown-perfect "Sad Songs" and the flawless extended mix of "Let's Try." That latter number features absolutely inspired work from Studio One's house band, and it's impossible to mention the Heptones without noting the sensational backings that supported them. This compilation is as great a tribute to the label's incredibly talented musicians and arrangers as it is to the vocal group itself. Some critics claim that Studio One produced the most gorgeous music ever recorded, and this compilation further advances their argument.
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