The CongosHeart Of The Congos

Label:17 North Parade – VPRL4212, VP Records – VPRL4212
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Vinyl, LP, Album, Compilation, Reissue
Vinyl, LP, Compilation
All Media, Remastered
Style:Roots Reggae, Dub


Heart Of The Congos (Album Reissue)
DrumsPaul Douglas
A3Open Up The Gate
A4Children Crying
Backing VocalsCandy McKenzie*
B1La La Bam-Bam
B2Can't Come In
B3Sodom & Gomorrow
Written-ByC. Myton*, R. Johnson*, Y. Myton*
B4The Wrong Thing
C1Ark Of The Covenant
C2Solid Foundation
Bonus Tracks
C3Don't Blame It On I
C4At The Feast
D2Solid Foundation (Disco Cork Mix)
D3Foundation Dub
E1Congoman (12" Mix)
E2Congoman Chant
F1Bring The Mackaback
F2Fisherman Dub
F3Noah Sugar Pan

Companies, etc.



℗ 2017 VP Music Group Inc.
© 2017 VP Music Group Inc.

Hype sticker: '3 album set remastered with extra tracks'

The cover features screenprinted yellow stripes to mimic those painted by hand on the original 1977 covers.
Tracks A1 to C2 are the remixed version of the album, released in 1978.
Tracks C3 to F3 are bonus tracks featuring various dubs, disco mixes, seven and twelve-inch versions from around the same time period.

A 3 CD version was also released at the same time as this release. This 3LP set is the same tracks as found on CD1 and CD2 of the 3 CD version.

VP Records also reissued the original 1977 version separately in April 2017 (Heart Of The Congos). This is the same tracks as CD3 of the 3 CD version.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 54645 42121 8
  • Label Code: LC 28703
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched): VPRL 4212 A MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched): VPRL 4212 B MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout, etched): VPRL 4212 C MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout, etched): VPRL 4212 D MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side E runout, etched): VPRL 4212 E MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side F runout, etched): VPRL 4212 F MPO

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Heart Of The Congos (LP, Album)Black ArtnoneJamaica1977
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Heart Of The Congos (LP, Album)Black ArtnoneJamaica1977
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Heart Of The Congos (LP, Album, Yellow paint)Black ArtnoneJamaica1977
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Heart Of The Congos (LP, Album, Reissue)Congo AshantynoneJamaica1978
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Heart Of The Congos (LP, Album, Green/white labels)Black ArtnoneJamaica1978



  • Nova-Records-UK's avatar
    Looks like a good pressing, packaging and sound is excellent.
    Unfortunately I had to return as all the records were severely warped? Not sure if there is a bad batch or I was unlucky? Hopefully the replacement records will be straight?
    • AlwaysThereTJ's avatar
      This 3xLP release of the Black Ark classic "Heart of the Congos" is an incredible reissue in my opinion! The original album is present in full along with several bonus tracks, dubs, discomixes, etc. Everything here is essential listening, and while I would also like to see the original mix re-released at some point separately, this reissue is by no means worse off for not including it. The art and packaging is top notch as well, with hand painted yellow stripes as per the original pressing. Very well done reissue by 17 North Parade and VP!
      • wingy's avatar
        If you're just looking for a solid pressing of this classic album, this is a very good one. I have an earlier VP records pressing and this one blows it away quality-wise. Also, has "Nicodemus", my favorite track.
        • KDSutherland's avatar
          Has anyone compared this version to the blood and fire release?
          • AlbertHofstein's avatar
            Edited 2 years ago
            One of the sadest reissue jokes in a long time ... you buy three records and on none of them you will find the original mix which you might actually looking for. The original mix just appears on a separate reissue, which already sold for ridiculous loads of money, because just few got copies pressed!
            • SpeedracerF's avatar
              I ordered this 3LP set online from my local record store. Even though the description did say that the original mix was included on the third LP, it wasn't. Perhaps there are sets out there that do include the original mix, but based on what other people are writing here and other websites I think it safe to assume that a 3LP set that includes the original mix does not exist.

              So if you were only planning to buy this set because it promised to include the original mix, don't. Or be very careful to make sure your copy does include it.

              That being said, if you are looking for a solid release of this album, I doubt you will be disappointed buying this one. Although I won't claim to be an expert on all the different releases of this album, I certainly had no problem with the sound of this one. I even did a quick comparison via Apple Music between the versions found on this set and the original mixes. To be honest I probably liked the version present here beter, although I can't say that for certain after one quick listening session.
              • sdh568's avatar
                Edited 7 years ago
                I am hearing that the 3-LP set follows Disc 1 & 2 from the CD, and is not the original Lee Perry mix. The original mix was issued as a 500 copy Record Store Day UK 2017 release. From a review: "...the set covering only the first two CD's of the CD version spread across the three LP's (i.e. no original Black Ark mixes!)..."
                • gluecklichetage's avatar
                  I'd also like to know whether LP 1 offers the original mix or the later one (with added overdubs etc). The cover with the yellow-overpainted blue sidebars suggests it is the original LP ( which VP also re-released for RSD as a single item (, but then the labels are clearly those from the second version ( that's been disseminated ever since.

                  The VP website is lamentably short of information on this.

                  Has anyone bought the set and is able to tell us? Some background information seems to be included on the back of the inner sleeve around LP 1, unfortunately, the picture included above is too small to read. Any help available out there?
                  • Vinylshopil's avatar
                    How do you know it does not have the original mix? Thanks
                    • Flipster100's avatar
                      Edited 7 years ago
                      The good thing is that they seem to have got the right speed with this pressing.
                      Can anyone confirm this?

                      I just tap-tempo-ed "Fisherman"
                      Blood & Fire CD: 84-85bpm
                      Regular VPR pressing: 89bpm
                      This reissue: 85bpm


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