Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Curly Locks
Junior Byles
Heartbeat/Munich
CD
11-03-1997

Track list
  1. Da da
  2. Come da da
  3. Fever
  4. Lick the pipe Peter (with Jah T & Errol Thompson)
  5. A place called Africa
  6. Africa stand (with Dennis Alcapone)
  7. Long way
  8. When will better come (prev. unissued alternate mix)
  9. Informer man
  10. Curly locks (original version)
  11. Curly locks #2 (prec. unissued version, take 2)
  12. Curly locks #3 (prev. unissued alternate mix)
  13. Fun and games (prev. unissued version, take 2)
  14. Education rock
  15. Got the tip
  16. What is this world coming to (prev. unissued, take 2)
  17. Demonstration
  18. Cutting razor (with The Versatiles)
  19. Now generation
  20. Thanks we get
  21. A matter of time
  22. Are you leading me on (prev. unissued)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4
Junior Byles, once frontman of the Versatiles, has made a string of high quality recordings in the seventies for Lee "Scratch" Perry. Most of these vintage tracks are collected by HeartBeat on this perfect compilation album. All tracks were recorded at Randy's Studio 17 and at the legendary Black Ark Studios in the period 1970-1976. The Upsetters laid down the riddims, while "Scratch" and Errol Thompson did the engineering. This album has it all : hits, versions, alternate takes and some unissued tracks. The presentation is, as ever, totally faultless, eye catching and informative, matching and enhancing the quality of the music.
For more Junior Byles check out the Trojan "Beat Down Babylon. The Upsetter Years" album.