The Congos ‎– Heart Of The Congos

VP Records ‎– VPRL 1287
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue


A1 Fisherman
A2 Congoman
A3 Open Up The Gate
A4 Children Crying
A5 La La Bam-Bam
B1 Can't Come In
B2 Sodom & Gomorrow
B3 The Wrong Thing
B4 Ark Of Covenant
B5 Solid Foundation

Companies, etc.



Track 2 on side A label is misspelled as 'Gongoman'. Identical version of Heart Of The Congos also exists with "Congoman" spelled correctly on side A label.

Jacked Made in Canada

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 5464-51287-1 1
  • Barcode: 054645128711
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout): CONGOS A SIDE VPRL 1287 A
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout): CONGOS-B SIDE VPRL 1287 B

Other Versions (5 of 47) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none The Congos Heart Of The Congos(LP, Album, Yel) Black Art none Jamaica 1977 Sell This Version
none The Congos Heart Of The Congos(LP, Album) Franck R. Records none France Unknown Sell This Version
BAFCD 009 The Congos Heart Of The Congos(CD, Album, RM + CD, Comp + RE, RP, Sli) Blood & Fire BAFCD 009 UK Unknown Sell This Version
none The Congos Heart Of The Congos(LP, Album) Black Art none Jamaica 1977 Sell This Version
VP4212 The Congos Heart Of The Congos(CD, Album, RE, 197 + CD, Comp + CD, Album, RE, 197) 17 North Parade, VP Records VP4212 US 2017 Sell This Version


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February 27, 2020
I bought this copy as it is affordable and not spread over multiple discs. IMO the fidelity is excellent, nice quiet and clean pressing and mine came in a poly lined sleeve so that's always a plus. I read somewhere that Lee would blow herb smoke into the microphone occasionally to impart a "hazy" sound. I actually prefer that sound and this version to the others, it is still very detailed musically to me, just a little rough around the edges soundwise. Like unearthing an audio gem, recommended for sure.


August 21, 2019
edited 9 months ago

Just the worst reissue i ever came across of the HOTC... sold at to me at Hardwax record Store in Berlin ... be aware!


May 9, 2019

Echoing the previous comments. Terrible pressing. Dull, flat, lifeless, very quiet. Sounds like it was mastered by a deaf person via satellite telephone link. So bad is it in fact, that it made me wonder if my speakers had blown. Avoid this like the plague. If someone actually pressed the plague onto vinyl it would sound better than this.


February 10, 2019

This is a very disappointed in this pressing...flat, lifeless, muddy. Does not come to close to the quality I was expecting. Hopefully I will come across a better one at some point.


June 25, 2018

The sound lacks brightness, it has no definition in the instruments, no depth. A disappointment unfortunately this album. A bad job of VP Records. Quality control is a disaster.


May 13, 2017
My version has track A2 spelled correctly on the label. I bought it in Boston circa 2003-4.


March 4, 2017
edited over 4 years ago

Mine doesn't sound good... is it because of this press?


December 14, 2016
It is a shame how muddy this record from VP sounds compared to the issue put out by Blood & Fire. I bought this a bit ago and immediately noticed the difference when I put the needle on the wax. As an album, hard to say this isn't THE best single album that ever came off that island. A masterpiece along the lines of Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland in terms of a single conception.


July 31, 2015

This is not the original Jamaica (Black Art) mix as the gentleman below states, but the common Island mix.