Release Date: 05 February 2016
Format: LP Double Vinyl
|The Heptones Night Food (Extended Edition) Limited Vinyl 2LP Set
Comprising Leroy Sibbles, Earl Morgan and Barry Llewellyn, the Heptones first burst onto the Jamaican music scene with a series of sublime rock steady and reggae classics recorded for Coxson Dodd’s celebrated Studio One enterprise.
By the mid-seventies the trio were regularly recording for Harry Johnson at his studio in Kingston, having scored big with the producer with ‘Book Of Rules’, a highlight of the 1972 cult movie classic, ‘The Harder They Come’.
The trio’s career had long since been monitored by Island Records, who in 1973 duly signed them to a deal and had them start work on an album that they hoped would match the success of new label-mates, Bob Marley & the Wailers.
Working at Harry J’s under the auspices of LA-born journalist-turned-record producer, Danny Holloway, the group cut enough material for two albums, although only 10 of the tracks were ultimately selected to comprise the new LP, which in March 1976 saw issue as ‘Night Food’.
The showcase collection was intended as an introduction to the trio’s distinctive sound and in so doing lay the foundations for a successful international recording career, but such plans were promptly abandoned when soon after its release, the group disbanded.
The trio subsequently reformed, with Leroy Sibbles involved only sporadically thereafter, and while they have since continued to perform and record fine works, the chance of hitting the big time on the world stage seems to have passed.
This essential deluxe edition of ‘Night Food’ features an astonishing 14 previously unreleased works and outtakes, which for reasons lost in the mists of time, never made the final cut. The result is a sublime listening experience of superior reggae music, performed by a group who, had the fates been kinder, may well have surpassed the achievements of ALL their contempraries.
1. Country Boy
2. I've Got the Handle
3. Sweet Talkin'
4. Book of Rules
5. Mama Say
7. Love Won't Come Easy
8. Fatty Fatty
9. Baby I Need Your Lovin'
10. In the Groove
11. Warden (Got to Get Away)
12. Richard Cory (Aka Richard Khoury)
13. Why Must I
14. Love Me Always (There Ain't Nobody Else)
15. The Best Things in Life Are Free
16. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
17. Why Did You Leave
18. Living Up On the Hill
19. Poverty and Misery in the Ghetto
20. Garden of Life (Original Version)
22. Fatty Fatty
23. Baby I Need Your Lovin'
24. In the Groove