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The Heptones

One of the definitive rocksteady vocal groups, the Heptones were also one of the few to successfully make the transition to the reggae era. The group was fronted by Leroy Sibbles, who was not only an exquisite singer but also a talented songwriter, arranger, and session bassist at the legendary Studio One. Penning much of its own material, the group boasted one of the deepest catalogs of its time, full of high-quality numbers that were widely imitated for their close-harmony vocals, and widely recycled for their loose, liquid, melodic instrumental grooves. The Heptones were formed in Kingston in 1965, with a lineup of Sibbles, Barry Llewellyn, and Earl Morgan. At first they called themselves the Hep Ones, but a one-word name seemed to make more sense to fans, and the change was made accordingly. They made their first recording for Ken Lack's Caltone label that year, a strange ska adaptation of "The William Tell Overture" titled "Gun Men Coming to Town."

Things started to take off for the group in 1966 when they caught on at Clement "Coxsone" Dodd's Studio One, the pre-eminent hit factory of the rocksteady era. Dodd helped train the group in the art of harmony singing, and also guided budding songwriter Sibbles, who developed a sly, sarcastic sense of humor to underpin his tales of broken-hearted lovers. The Heptones had their first hit later that year with "Fattie Fattie," a ribald paean to large women that was banned from Jamaican radio but sold briskly nonetheless. They went on to record vast amounts of material for Dodd over the next five years, including their first-ever LP, On Top, in 1970. As the hits piled up, Sibbles became a staff songwriter and arranger, played bass with the Studio One house band on a multitude of recordings, and worked as an assistant producer and talent scout as well. However, by 1971, a Rastafarian social consciousness was emerging in his writing, and he had grown tired of the boundaries of working in Dodd's studio system; that sense of confinement led to an acrimonious split with Dodd.

Over the next few years, Sibbles took the Heptones on a virtual tour of Jamaica's top producers, cutting material for Joe Gibbs, Harry J, Augustus Pablo, Rupie Edwards, and many others. In 1973, they moved briefly to Canada, but soon returned to Jamaica. The Heptones signed a major-label deal with Island in 1975 and released their label debut, Night Food, the following year; it was produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry and featured mostly new versions of old Studio One material. The follow-up, 1977's Party Time, followed a similar blueprint, and also included an eye-opening cover of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released." It proved to be the group's biggest-selling album in the international market, but the 1978 follow-up, Better Days, sold disappointingly by comparison, and Sibbles departed for a solo career not long after.

The remaining Heptones replaced him with Naggo Morris and soldiered on with 1979's Joseph Hoo Kim-produced Good Life. They continued to record and perform during the '80s, though without the success they had enjoyed with Sibbles out front; gradually, other members drifted through the ranks, including Glen Adams and Joseph Forester. The original trio of Sibbles, Llewellyn, and Morgan finally reunited in 1995 for the album Pressure!, produced by Tappa Zukie. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Fattie Fattie

1. Fattie Fattie

2. Why Must I

3. Only Sixteen

4. Mama

5. The Best Things In Life

6. Gee Wee

7. I've Got A Feeling

8. Tripe Girl

9. Baby

10. Let's Fall In Love

11. Take A Tip From Me

12. Cry Baby Cry

13. Why Did You Leave

14. Get In The Groove

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Track List: Black & White

1. Too Much Trouble In The World

2. Oh Jah Jah

3. If I Had A Hammer

4. Praise Jah

5. Say Say

6. Just Say You Love Me

7. You Can't Keep Me Down

8. Money, Money, Money

9. Happy Days Are Here Again

10. Money Addict

11. Love Affair Problems

12. It's Party Time

13. The System Is Hard

14. Reggae Music All Night

15. Come In To My Life

16. I Will Never Stray

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Track List: The Heptones In Treasure Land

1. Reggae Town

2. Jah Will Never Leave Me Lonely

3. Mr. Thompson

4. Rude Boy Put Down Yu Gun

5. Gee Wee

6. Talking On The Phone

7. You Flying High

8. Music, Music, Music

9. Ain't Too Proud To Beg

10. What Am I To Do?

11. Give Me The Night

12. Never Give Up

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Track List: Them Can't Hold We

1. Falling In Love Again

2. You're All I Ever Had

3. In My House Jah Live

4. Play On Rasta Music

5. Good Music Gone

6. Fight With All My Might

7. One A Dem Come

8. Mi No Mix Up With Kin-Naw-Kaw

9. Loving Jah Jah

10. Two Timer

11. Unfaithful

12. Love Me With All Of Your Heart

13. Love Me (BLR Remix)

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Track List: The Heptones Sing, The Wailers' Musicians Play Riddim

1. Jah Pon A Pinacle & Version

2. Country Boy

3. Country Boy (Part 2)

4. Forward On A Yard

5. Forward Dub

6. Our Day Will Come

7. Garden Of Life & Version

8. Mama Say

9. Mama Say Dub Plate

10. Mr. T

11. Mr. T (Version)

12. I Do Love You

13. Revolution

14. Revolution Total Destruction (Part 2)

15. Cool Rasta

16. Cool Rasta Dub

17. Never Had A Dream

18. Dream Dub

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Track List: In Love With You

1. In Love With You

2. Talkative

3. Only Sixteen

4. Fatty Fatty

5. Sweet Talking

6. How Can I Leave You

7. In A Groove

8. Baby

9. Oh Glory

10. Suspicious Minds

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Track List: University Of Dub

1. Baby Mother Dub Baby Father

2. Sweet Talking Dub

3. Love Won't Come Dubbing

4. Ting A Ling Dub

5. Why Did You Leave Dub

6. Heptones Gonna Fight Dub Style

7. Fattie Fattie Dub

8. Make Up To Break Up (Part 2 Dub)

9. Mistry Babylon Dub

10. Drifting Dub

11. Stuffer's Dub

12. Daddy's Dub Version

13. Suffering So Dub

14. Decivers Dub

15. I've Been Trying Dub

16. Revolution Dubbing

17. I'll Take You Home Dub

18. Help, Help Dub

19. Storm Cloud Dub

20. Triple Girls Dub

21. Dub Of Dubs

22. High Grade Dub

23. Meaning Dub

24. Love Me Always Dub

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Track List: The Heptones Meet King Tubbys DubFever

1. So Long

2. Long, Long Dub

3. Dog Teeth Snapper Dub

4. Side Walk Bully Dub

5. Cho-Cho Mouth Dub

6. Dungle Express Dub

7. Fat Swallow Dub

8. Rat Bat Dub

9. Hurricane Beatrice Dub

10. Drift Away

11. Drifting Dub Plate

12. Freak Rain Dub

13. Ghost Town Dub

14. Load Eye Dub

15. Eclipse Dubbing

16. Load Eye Dub

17. Skabena Dub 3 1/2

18. Muma & Papa Dub

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Track List: Sweet Talking

1. Equal Rights

2. Pretty Looks

3. Sweet Talking

4. We Are In The Mood

5. Let's Try (Extended Mix)

6. How Can I Leave You

7. One Love

8. Tripe Girl

9. It's Like Heaven

10. Only Sixteen

11. Every Day & Every Night

12. Baby

13. Message From A Black Man (Extended Mix)

14. Give Me The Right

15. Sad Songs (Feat. Barry Llewlyn)

16. Glory Land

17. Why Did You Leave

18. In Love With You

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Track List: Deep In The Roots

1. African Child

2. Temptation, Tribulation And Botheration

3. Jah Guide

4. Crystal Blue Persuasion

5. Jah Bless The Children

6. Children Dub

7. Land Of Love

8. Move On

9. Everyday Life

10. Oh Jah

11. Oh Jah Dub

12. Through The Fire I Come

13. Suspicious Minds

14. Book Of Rules (Single Mix Version)

15. Ready baby

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Track List: Suspicious Minds

1. Suspicious Mind

2. Crystal Blue Persuasion

3. Land Of Love

4. Oh Jah

5. Better Days

6. Jah Bless The Children

7. Ready Baby (Come On Talk To Me)

8. Everyday Life

9. Mr. Do Over Man Song

10. Key To Her Heart

11. Way To Life

12. Observer's Style

13. Love In The Land

14. Africa Time's Now

15. Mind Blowing

16. Persuasion

17. Get Up And Chant

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Track List: Good Vibes

Disc 1

1. Good Vibes

2. Drift Away

3. Rainbow Valley

4. Tenderness

5. Diana

6. Sha-La-La-La

7. Beggie, Beggie

8. Head On Straight

9. Susu Pan Rasta

10. Nice Me Nice

Disc 2

1. Crystal Blue Persuasion

2. Come Rain, Come Shine

3. Between The Sheets

4. Tougher Than The World

5. Come We Go See

6. All Because Of You

7. Tickle Me

8. Backstabbers

9. Here Comes The Time

10. The Same Song

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Track List: Cool Rasta (Bonus Track Edition)

1. Cool Rasta

2. Black On Black (Aka 'Be A Man')

3. Peace And Harmony

4. Do Good To Everyone

5. Dreadlocks

6. Suffering So

7. Autalene

8. Bagaboo

9. Wah Go Home

10. Over And Over

11. Rasta (Dub)

12. Book Of Rules

13. Book Of Rules (Version)

14. Ganja

15. World

16. Mama Say

17. Mama Say (Dub)

18. Country Boy

19. Country Boy (Dub)

x

Track List: The Heptones Dub Dictionary: The Backbone Inside Studio One Catalogue

1. Get In The Groove Dub

2. Party Time (Dub)

3. Love Won't Come Dubbing

4. You've Turned Away Dub

5. Ting A Ling Dub Wise

6. Pretty Looks Version

7. Purple Light Dub

9. Be A Man Dub Style

10. Mama In Dub

11. Choice Of Dub Black And White

12. Everybody Is Dubbing

13. Sea Of Dub

15. Love Without Feeling Dub

16. One Step In Dub

18. Pure Sorrow Dub Rhythm

19. Meaning Of Dub

20. Born To Dub You

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Track List: Heptones Dictionary Disc 2

1. Get In The Groove Dub

2. Party Time Dub

3. Love Won't Come Dubbing

4. You've Turned Away Dub

5. Ting A Ling Dub Wise

6. Pretty Looks Version

7. Purple Light Dub

8. We Are In The Dub Mood

9. Be A Man Dub Style

10. Mama In Dub

11. Choice Of Dub Black And White

12. Everybody Is Dubbing

13. Sea Of Dub

14. Book Of Ruling Dub

15. Love Without Feeling Dub

16. One Step In Dub

17. Nine Pounds Of Dub

18. Pure Sorrow Dub Rhythm

19. Meaning Of Dub

20. Born To Dub You

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Track List: On The Road Again

1. On The Road Again

2. We Slaves

3. Dis Ya Struggle

4. We Glad U Come Over

5. Work Harder

6. Foreign Policy

7. Want Something

8. Don't Want To Be Alone

9. Rule Things

10. Why Is It We're Fighting

11. Things & Time

12. Second To None

13. All My Life

14. So Jah She

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Track List: The Meaning Of Life: Best Of The Heptones 1966-1976

1. Gunmen Coming To Town

2. I Am Lonely

3. Ain't That Bad

4. Schoolgirls

5. My World Is Empty Without You

6. Hypocrite

7. I'm In The Mood For Love

8. You've Lost That Loving Feeling

9. I've Been Trying

10. H-E-L-P

11. I'll Take You Home

12. I Do Love You

13. Old Time

14. Meaning Of Life

16. Let Me Hold Your Hand

19. Tripe Girl

20. Suffering So

21. Party Time

23. Babylon Falling

24. Cool Rasta

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Track List: The Meaning Of Life: Best Of The Heptones 1966 To 1976

1. Gunmen Coming To Town

2. I Am Lonely

3. Ain't That Bad

4. Schoolgirls

5. My World Is Empty Without You

6. Hypocrite

7. I'm In The Mood For Love

8. You've Lost That Loving Feeling

9. I've Been Trying

10. H-E-L-P

11. I'll Take You Home

12. I Do Love You

13. Old Time

14. Meaning Of Life

15. Love Won't Come Easy

17. Let Me Hold Your Hand

18. Born To Love You

20. Tripe Girl

21. Suffering So

22. Party Time

24. Babylon Falling

25. Cool Rasta

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Track List: Heptones Dictionary: CD 1

1. My World Is Empty

2. You Don't Know Me (Original)

3. I Do Love You

4. I Do Love You (Dub)

5. I've Been Trying

6. I'll Take You Home

7. What You Gonna Do About It

8. Which Side Are You

9. Three Coins In A Fountain

10. Giving Up On Love

11. Round Round Up And Down

12. Drifting Away

13. So Long

14. What It Is (Original)

15. In My Time (Original)

16. Gee Wee (Original)

17. Street Of Gold (Original)

18. Street Of Dub (Part 2)

x

Track List: Rainbow Valley

1. Rainbow Valley

2. Between The Sheets

3. Here Comes The Time

4. Tenderness

5. Tougher Than The World

6. Backstabbers

7. Head On Straight

8. Beggie Beggie

9. Crystal Blue Persuasion

10. Susu Pan Rasta

x

Track List: Sea Of Love

1. Be A Man

2. Stick Man

3. Sea Of Love

4. Tea For Two

5. Choice Of Color (Extended Mix)

6. Young, Gifted And Black

7. Ting A Ling

8. Please Be True (Feat. Anthony Ellis)

9. Get In The Groove (Extended Mix)

10. Learn

11. I Shall Be Released

12. Nine Pounds Of Steel

13. Love Won't Come Easy

14. Love Me With All Of Your Heart

15. You've Lost That Loving Feeling

16. Joy Joy

x

Track List: Observer's Style

1. Land Of Love

2. Nuff Breed On Your Table Dub

3. Everyday Life

4. Way Of Life Dub

5. Key To Her Heart

6. Love's Dub

7. Ready Baby

8. Ready For It Dub

9. Mister Do Over Man Song

10. Observers Style Dub

11. Oh Jah

12. Love In The Land Dub

13. Jah Bless The Children

14. Jahs Children Style Dub

15. Better Days

16. Africa Times Now Dub

17. Suspicious Mind

18. Mind Blowing Dub

19. Crystal Blue Persuasion

20. Persuasion Dub

x

Track List: The Heptones 22 Golden Hits

1. Love Me Always

2. I've Got The Handle

3. Tripe Girl

4. Choice Of Colours

5. Hypocrite

6. Why Did You Leave

7. Ting A Ling

8. Fattie Fattie

9. Decievers

10. Mistry Babylon

11. Our Day Will Come

12. Only Sixteen

13. Be A Man

14. Ready To Learn

15. Give Me The Right

16. Pure Sorrows

17. Pretty Looks

18. Heptones Gonna Fight

19. My Baby Is Gone

20. I Love You

21. How Can I Leave You

22. Sweet Talking

x

Track List: Changing Times

1. You Don't Know Me

2. Three Coins In A Fountain

3. In My Time

4. Young Lover

5. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me

6. Some Day

7. Round, Round Up And Down

8. Giving Up On Love

9. Thank You Lord

x

Track List: Swing Low

1. Swing Low

2. Book Of Rules (1985)

3. Down Comes The Rain

4. You Decorated My Life

5. Pack Your Things

6. Heaven

7. Promise To Be True

8. What It Is

9. So Long

10. I'm So Proud

x

Track List: Better Days

1. Suspicious Minds

2. Crystal Blue Persuasion

3. Land Of Love

4. Oh Jah

5. Better Days

6. Jah Bless The Children

7. Ready Baby (Come On Talk To Me)

8. Everyday Life

9. Mister Do Over Man Song

10. Key To Her Heart

x

Track List: Better Days (Deluxe)

1. Suspicious Minds

2. Crystal Blue Persuasion

3. Land Of Love

4. No Bread On My Table

5. Better Days

6. God Bless The Children

7. Ready Baby

8. Everyday Life

9. Mr Do Over Man Song

10. Key To Her Heart

11. Temptation, Botheration & Tribulation

12. African Child

13. Holy Mount Zion

14. Through The Fire I Come

15. Jah Guide

x

Track List: Good Life

1. Can't Hide From Jah

2. Repatriation Is A Must

3. Natural Mystic

4. New York City

5. Everyday And Everynight

6. Good Life

7. Brother And Sister

8. How Could I Leave

9. Black Man Memory

10. Ghetto Living

x

Track List: Party Time

1. Party Time

2. Crying Over You

4. Mr. President

6. I Shall Be Released

9. Why Must I

10. Sufferer's Time

x

Track List: Night Food

1. Country Boy

2. I've Got The Handle

3. Sweet Talkin'

4. Book Of Rules

5. Mama Say

6. Deceivers

7. Love Won't Come Easy

8. Fatty Fatty

9. Baby I Need Your Lovin'

10. In The Groove

x

Track List: Meet The Now Generation

1. Hypocrite

2. Save The Last Dance For Me

3. Our Day Will Come

4. Freedom To The People

5. Freedom Train (Feat. U-Roy)

6. Every Day And Every Night (1972)

7. Love Has Many Faces

8. Be The One

9. The Road Is Rough (Feat. Joe Gibbs & Now Generation)

10. The Magnificent Heptones (3 In 1)

11. George Headley Medley

12. I've Got A Feeling

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Level vibes love dem chunya.
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Who's the hep tones?...
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CHUNE!
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I am just happy to know that I don't have to go to Jamaica to listen these type of music I can go anywhere in the world listen them (REMARKABLE) isn't it
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one of the top harmony groups out of ja with lots of hits check out heptones on top
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iknewleroype r s o n a l y w e u s e d t o s m o k e t o g a t h e r g i d e o n
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angelsound22
Heptones on top wicked, but there was another LP the HEPTONES with fattie fattie , best things in life , why must i, etc. that i think was out before on top, also nice. Big up
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Remember playing The Heptones for my parents who had a bar, i was the dj at 10 years old. Love them then, love them now
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The Heptones will always be on top.
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champagna360
I saw Leroy Sibbles perform this year in FL at the One Love festival, he still got it! LOVE THE HEPTONES!!!
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padmasonam
the heptones...d e e p mellow....
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trumpetcc
This cover is so Scooby Doo, love it
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Been listening to them since the early 70's...met them in Jack Ruby yard in Ocho way back when he was alive...love them
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LOVE THEM
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jahras9
this group was the best in the island back then
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The Heptones sea of love I don't see this or do I ever hear this music.What's up with this? Do you only play certain songs!

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