Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Sweet Talking
The Heptones
Heartbeat-Munich
CD
June 19, 2007

The Heptones - Sweet Talking Track list
  1. Equal Rights (Rare Stereo Mix, Previously Unreleased on CD)
  2. Pretty Looks Isn't All (Rare Stereo Mix, Previously Unreleased on CD)
  3. Sweet Talking
  4. We Are In The Mood (Rare Stereo Mix, Previously Unreleased on CD)
  5. Let's Try (Extended Mix, Previously Unreleased on CD)
  6. How Can I Leave You (Rare Stereo Mix, Previously Unreleased on CD)
  7. One Love (Rare Stereo Mix, Previously Unreleased on CD)
  8. Tripe Girl
  9. It's Like Heaven (Previously Unreleased on CD)
  10. Only Sixteen
  11. Every Day And Every Night (Rare Stereo Mix, Previously Unreleased on CD)
  12. Baby
  13. Message From A Blackman (Extended Mix, Previously Unreleased on CD)
  14. Give Me The Right (Rare Stereo Mix, Previously Unreleased on CD)
  15. Sad Songs (Previously Unreleased on CD)
  16. Glory Land (Rare Stereo Mix, Previously Unreleased on CD)
  17. Why Did You Leave Me To Cry (Original Mono Mix)
  18. In Love With You (Rare Stereo Mix, Previously Unreleased on CD)
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Total votes : 8
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Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4/5
There's no doubt that The Heptones were the backbone inside Coxsone Dodd's legendary Studio One. Consisting of Leroy Sibbles, Barry Llewelyn and Earl Morgan this vocal trio is widely regarded as one of the cornerstones of the Studio One sound. The fact that Leroy Sibbles was responsible for basslines and songs that are still versioned today, as well as most of the emotive lead vocals, demonstrates the breadth of his talent. It is impossible to imagine the course of reggae without the basslines of "Pretty Looks Isn't All", "Give Me The Right", "Heptones Gonna Fight" and "I Hold The Handle", to name a few.

Virtually everything The Heptones did at Studio One is essential and this brand new compilation has its share of classics, including "Equal Rights", "Pretty Looks Isn't All", "Sweet Talking", "How Can I Leave You (aka My Guiding Star)", "Tripe Girl", and "Give Me The Right". "Sweet Talking" contains a motherlode of rare and previously (on cd) unreleased tunes from the late-1960s and early-'70s, a period when rocksteady was transmuting into reggae.

From beginning to end the listener is treated to sweet Jamaican harmony soul wrapped up in easy rocksteady and early reggae songs, crafted by The Heptones with the backing of Brentford Road's finest musicians including Eric Frater, Ernest Ranglin, Lyn Taitt, Hux Brown, David Madden, Glen DaCosta, Headley Bennett, Johnny Moore, Roland Alphonso, Vin Gordon, Bobby Ellis, Cedric 'Im' Brooks, Jackie Mittoo, Richard Ace, Robbie Lyn, Boris Gardiner, Fil Callender, Bunny Williams, Leroy Wallace and Denzil Laing.

The voices are sublime and the songs -- covering both love and reality themes -- are still great to hear after all these years. Overall this is a worthwhile purchase, not to be overlooked by any self-respecting vintage fan.