A 40th anniversary edition of the iconic reggae album “Heart of the Congos” will be released by VP Records on June 9th. The album will be its most complete version for this edition.
Produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry in 1977, the release was re-mastered by Kevin Metcalfe at the Soundmasters, UK and features the original mix with dubs, disco mixes and ‘Don’t Blame It On I’- a "missing track" discovered by Steve Barrow and David Katz in 1997. Christopher Chin of VP Music Group Inc. served as the Executive Producer of the project.
First released in Jamaica in late 1977, The Congos soon after issued the album in Jamaica on their Congo Ashanty label and soon saw its first international release in 1980 on Jah Live in France. Subsequently, “Heart of the Congos” gained its first UK release on the Go Feet label operated by The Beat (aka The English Beat).