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October 10, 2008: Heptones part 1


The Heptones were one of the iconic Jamaican vocal trios of the 60s and 70s comprised of Leroy Sibbles, Earl Morgan and Barry Llewellyn. Starting off as the Hep Ones, they recorded a single for Ken Lack that didn't make much noise. Changing their name to the Heptones, they moved to Coxsone Dodd's Studio One and began a productive period that saw them recording many classic tunes. Leroy Sibbles was one of the cornerstones of Brentford Road, arranging and playing bass on many other Studio One classics. After Studio One they moved on to record with Joe Gibbs, Harry J and Rupie Edwards. Leroy Sibbles left for Canada in 1973 and the group was on hiatus until his return in 1976 when they hooked up again with Harry J. The next year saw them connecting with Lee Perry and releasing some more tracks during Scratch's prime period as a producer. Sibbles left to go solo after this and did some work with Augustus Pablo, and Sibbles was replaced by Naggo Morris who led the group through their last years of popularity.

For part one of this two part series, I start off with two of the Heptones' classic Studio One tracks, "Pretty Looks Isn't All" and "Sweet Talking" before moving into "Party Time" which they recorded for Coxsone Dodd, Phil Pratt and Lee Perry at different stages. This run of tunes allows you to hear the variations on the same theme, in different eras and with different backing bands. After this we move in to a Ken Lack produced track called "I Am Lonely" that was redone during their time with Lee Perry as "Crying Over You". Next up is a crucial track "Heptones Gonna Fight" that was done at Studio One and later recorded by Michael Prophet for producer Yabby U. Next we get into one on my favorite the set is "Black Man's Memory" produced by Niney.


SongArtistAlbumRiddimProducer
1Intro(none)
2Pretty Looks Isn't AllHeptonesRespect To Studio OnePretty Looks: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
3Pretty Looks VersionSound DimensionStudio One Archives Vol. 05Pretty Looks: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
4Compliment To Studio OneMichigan & SmileyRub A Dub StylePretty Looks: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
5Compliment To Studio One DubMichigan & SmileyRub A Dub StylePretty Looks: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
6CreationLennie HibbertCreationPretty Looks: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
7Pretty Looks Isn't AllCornell CampbellStudio One KingsPretty Looks: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
8Lion NiahDub SpecialistMello DubPretty Looks: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
9Never Give UpSugar MinottSugar Minott At Studio OnePretty Looks: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
10Sweet TalkingHeptonesFire Down BelowSweet Talking: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
11Sweet Talking Version (Part 1)Sound DimensionStudio One Discomixes Vol. 12Sweet Talking: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
12Sweet Talking Version (Part 2)Sound DimensionStudio One Discomixes Vol. 12Sweet Talking: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
13Sweet Talking VersionDennis AlcaponeForever VersionSweet Talking: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
14Forget Me NotDennis BrownDancehall Selection (14 Current Hits)Sweet Talking: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
15Chaunting DreadPablove BlackMr Music OriginallySweet Talking: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
16Chaunting Dread VersionSound DimensionMr Music OriginallySweet Talking: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
17Sweet Talkin'HeptonesNight FoodSweet Talking: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
18We're In the MoodHeptonesStudio One Archives Vol. 15We're In the Mood: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
19In the Mood VersionHeptonesStudio One Archives Vol. 15We're In the Mood: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
20Party TimeThe HeptonesBest of Studio One Vol 1Party Time: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
21Party Time DubHeptonesHeptones Dub DictionaryParty Time: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
22Party TimeSugar MinottSugar Minott At Studio OneParty Time: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
23Rub A Dub PartyJohnny OsbourneStudio One Archives Vol. 45Party Time: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
24Party DubDub SpecialistHi Fashion Dub Top TenParty Time: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
25LearnHeptonesSea of LoveParty Time: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
26Rockers PartyPablove BlackMr Music OriginallyParty Time: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
27New LoverSugar MassiveStudio One Archives Vol. 05Party Time: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
28Party TimeHeptonesPeace And Harmony [Anthology]Party Time: HeptonesPhil Pratt
29Sounds Of Now DubBobby KalphatKalphat SoundsParty Time: HeptonesPhil Pratt
30Zion SoundJah WooshWe Chat You Rock: Two DJ ClashParty Time: HeptonesPhil Pratt
31Sound Of Now DubBobby KalphatPhil Pratt ThingParty Time: HeptonesPhil Pratt
32Party Time 12? Part 1HeptonesParty TimeParty Time: HeptonesLee Perry
33Party Time (Pt. 2)UpsettersArkology Reel 2Party Time: HeptonesLee Perry
34Party Time 12? Part 2HeptonesParty TimeParty Time: HeptonesLee Perry
35Party TimeDennis BrownWolves And LeopardsParty Time: HeptonesDennis Brown & Niney & Castro Brown
36NiggerGregory IsaacsSlum In DubParty Time: HeptonesGregory Isaacs
37I Am LonelyHeptonesCaltone SpecialI Am Lonely: Heptones
38Crying Over YouHeptonesParty TimeI Am Lonely: HeptonesLee Perry
39Crying DubUpsettersProduced & Directed By The UpsetterI Am Lonely: HeptonesLee Perry
40Crying Over YouJah LionDisco DevilI Am Lonely: HeptonesLee Perry
41Heptones Gonna FightHeptonesOn TopFight It To The Top: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
42Fight It To The Top (Got To Fight On) Version (Part 1)Sound DimensionStudio One Discomixes Vol. 09Fight It To The Top: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
43Give Love A TryBarry BrownRoots and CultureFight It To The Top: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
44Give Love VersionSound DimensionStudio One Discomixes Vol. 08Fight It To The Top: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
45Stop The WarDillingerStudio One Archives Vol. 32Fight It To The Top: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
46Stop The War VersionSound DimensionStudio One Archives Vol. 32Fight It To The Top: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
47Lighter Shades Of BlueRichard AceStudio One Archives Vol. 16Fight It To The Top: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
48Time To Be HappyMichigan & SmileyRub A Dub StyleFight It To The Top: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
49Hail Don DSound DimensionSounds of Jamaica Top TenFight It To The Top: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
50Fight It To The Top / Lively TribulationMichael Prophet & TrinityShanty Town DeterminationFight It To The Top: HeptonesYabby You
51Dub It To The TopYabby UDub It To The Top 1976-1979Fight It To The Top: HeptonesYabby U
52Make Love Behind The Door DubLeroy SmartShowcase Rub A DubFight It To The Top: HeptonesAlvin Ranglin
53Dont Rape The Black DaughterMichael Prophet & Yabby UYabby U & Michael Prophet meet Scientist at Dub StationFight It To The Top: HeptonesYabby You
54I Love YouLeroy SmartShowcase Rub A DubFight It To The Top: HeptonesAlvin Ranglin
55Step Right InMichael ProphetKnow The RightFight It To The Top: HeptonesYabby You
56Ar-47 AutoRevolutionariesRevival Dub Roots NowFight It To The Top: Heptones
57I Am Your ManHeptonesFreedom LineIm Your Man: Heptones / Trying To Wreck Up My Life: Leroy Smart / Children of Israel: Dennis Brown / Ive Got the Right: Johnny ClarkeCoxsone Dodd
58Give Me This VersionThe Heptones & Sound DimensionsVersion Dread (18 Dub Hits From Studio One)Im Your Man: Heptones / Trying To Wreck Up My Life: Leroy Smart / Children Of Israel: Dennis Brown / Ive Got The Right: Johnny ClarkeCoxsone Dodd
59I've Got The RightJohnny ClarkeRoots Disco DubIm Your Man: Heptones / Trying To Wreck Up My Life: Leroy Smart / Children Of Israel: Dennis Brown / Ive Got The Right: Johnny ClarkeBunny Lee
60The Right DubAggrovatorsRoots Disco DubIm Your Man: Heptones / Trying To Wreck Up My Life: Leroy Smart / Children Of Israel: Dennis Brown / Ive Got The Right: Johnny ClarkeBunny Lee
61Children Of IsraelDennis BrownUnited Dreadlocks Vol 1Im Your Man: Heptones / Trying To Wreck Up My Life: Leroy Smart / Children Of Israel: Dennis Brown / Ive Got The Right: Johnny Clarke
62Sons Of DustPrince JammyUmoja / 20th Century DebwiseIm Your Man: Heptones / Trying To Wreck Up My Life: Leroy Smart / Children Of Israel: Dennis Brown / Ive Got The Right: Johnny ClarkeDennis Brown
63I Don't Like ItLeroy SmartLeroy Smart and FriendsIm Your Man: Heptones / Trying To Wreck Up My Life: Leroy Smart / Children of Israel: Dennis Brown / Ive Got the Right: Johnny Clarke
64Wreck Up A VersionAggrovatorsDub Gone Crazy Vol. 1Im Your Man: Heptones / Trying To Wreck Up My Life: Leroy Smart / Children of Israel: Dennis Brown / Ive Got the Right: Johnny ClarkeBunny Lee
65Keep Rocking And SwingingBig JoeLeroy Smart and FriendsIm Your Man: Heptones / Trying To Wreck Up My Life: Leroy Smart / Children of Israel: Dennis Brown / Ive Got the Right: Johnny Clarke
66Bionic ManRevolutionariesAggrovators Meet The Revolutionaries At Channel OneIm Your Man: Heptones / Trying To Wreck Up My Life: Leroy Smart / Children Of Israel: Dennis Brown / Ive Got The Right: Johnny Clarke
67Trial And CrossesDillingerTalking BluesIm Your Man: Heptones / Trying To Wreck Up My Life: Leroy Smart / Children of Israel: Dennis Brown / Ive Got the Right: Johnny ClarkeBunny Lee
68Kill No ManToyanTreasure Chest Vol 2Im Your Man: Heptones / Trying To Wreck Up My Life: Leroy Smart / Children of Israel: Dennis Brown / Ive Got the Right: Johnny Clarke
69Equal RightsHeptonesOn TopEqual Rights: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
70Equal Rights Version (Part 2)Freddie McGregorStudio One Discomixes Vol. 08Equal Rights: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
71Equal Rights Version (Part 1)Jah BuzzStudio One Discomixes Vol. 08Equal Rights: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
72Equal RightsDennis BrownMoney In My Pocket [Anthology]Equal Rights: Heptones
73Equal Rights DubBig YouthNatural MysticEqual Rights: Heptones
74Ten Years LatePrince MohammedOriginal DJ Classics Vol. 3Equal Rights: HeptonesJoe Gibbs
75Security ForceJoe Gibbs & the ProfessionalsState Of EmergencyEqual Rights: HeptonesJoe Gibbs
76Tripe GirlHeptonesFattie FattieTripe Girl: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
77Tripe Girl VersionSound DimensionStudio One Discomixes Vol. 06Tripe Girl: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
78Trying To Fool ISugar MinottUptempo ShowcaseTripe Girl: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
79Tripe GirlHeptonesThe Meaning Of Life: The BestTripe Girl: Heptones
80Tripe GirlI RoyPresenting I Roy Hell And SorrowTripe Girl: HeptonesAugustus Clarke
81Look A BoomI RoyDon't Check Me With No Lightweight StuffTripe Girl: Heptones
82Mighty RulerBim Sherman129 Beat Street: Ja-Man SpecialTripe Girl: HeptonesManzie
83Rasta FeelingJa Man All StarsIn The Dub ZoneTripe Girl: HeptonesManzie
84Tribal WarLone RangerRob's 12 Inch Singles Vol 13Tripe Girl: Heptones
85RevolutionLeroy HeptonesRelease The ChainsRevolution: Heptones
86Take TimeWackies All StarsRelease The ChainsRevolution: Heptones
87Revolution VersionBaba LesliePackin HouseRevolution: Heptones
88Total DestructionLeroy SibblesPackin HouseRevolution: Heptones
89The Time is NowStranger ColeRelease The ChainsRevolution: Heptones
90Take Time DubWackies All StarsRelease The ChainsRevolution: Heptones
91Tight SpotDave Barker & The UpsettersComplete UK Singles Vol. 3 #1Revolution: HeptonesLee Perry
92Forward On A YardHeptonesPackin HouseForward On A Yard: Heptones
93Forward On A Yard VersionTafari All StarsPackin HouseForward On A Yard: Heptones
94Sweet For Your BabyHeptonesBest Of Sun ShotSwept For You Baby: HeptonesPhil Pratt
95Sweating Dub PlateHeptonesHeptones Dub DictionarySwept For You Baby: HeptonesCoxsone Dodd
96Real CoolU RoyRaw Roots Vol. 1Swept For You Baby: HeptonesPhil Pratt
97African ChildrenHeptonesJack Ruby Presents The Black FoundationAfrican Child: HeptonesJack Ruby
98African BirthrightKing Tubby & Errol ThompsonBlack Foundation in DubAfrican Child: HeptonesJack Ruby
99African ChildHeptonesTruth & Rights Observer StyleAfrican Child: HeptonesNiney
100Move OnHeptonesPapa Dave's Killer 12 In Vol. 02Move On: Heptones
101Move On DubHeptonesPapa Dave's Killer 12 In Vol. 02Move On: Heptones
102You Want To Get I OutNaggo Morris & HeptonesPapa Dave's Killer 12 in Vol. 03You Want To Get I Out: Naggo Morris & Heptones
103You Want To Get I Out DubNaggo Morris & HeptonesPapa Dave's Killer 12 in Vol. 03You Want To Get I Out: Naggo Morris & Heptones
104Wicked Fayed AwayPrince MohammedNo One Remember AfricaYou Want To Get I Out: Naggo Morris & Heptones
105In ColdHeptonesRelease The ChainsWe Want It: Heptones
106In Cold BloodRevolutionariesStalk Of Shots Vol.2We Want It: Heptones
107Irie Jamaican GirlI RoyHotter YattaWe Want It: HeptonesNiney
108DeceiversHeptonesNight FoodDeceivers: Heptones
109DeceiversHeptonesThe Sound Of Phase One: We Are Getting BadDeceivers: HeptonesRoy Francis
110Through The Fire I Come (Extended Mix)HeptonesJah Love RockersThrough The Fire I Come: HeptonesNiney
111Black Man MemoryHeptonesGood LifeBlack Man Memory: Heptones
112Blackman?s Memory VersionHeptonesArc Angel Killer Shots Vol 01Black Man Memory: Heptones