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Playlist 13.02.12

Stuart Bailie | 16:37 UK time, Tuesday, 14 February 2012

If you have any sympathies with Seventies reggae, then there's a good chance you have 'Heart Of The Congos' in your collection. There might be no better example of the honeyed melodies, the mysticism and the great sonic adventure of Jamaican music as this. The record dates back to 1976-77 and was recorded in Lee Perry's Back Ark Studio. Hence the bubbling acoustics, as the instruments and harmonies are perpetually bursting into each other's space. The songs are suffused with Biblical legends and the Rastafarian urge to get away from sufferation and back to a state of grace. Therefore the mood is torn between deep sadness and unspeakable joy.
The record gets a fine endorsement from The 2 Bears and their 'Heart Of The Congos' track. It's an unaffected testimony about the power of music and its ability to inform your soul forever.
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Mondays, ten - midnight

Rod Stewart, PP Arnold - Come Home Baby (Immediate)
Tribes - When My Day Comes (Island)
St Etienne - Tonight (Heavenly)
Michael Kiwanuka - I'm Getting Ready (Communion)
The Impressions - People Get Ready (MCA)
Malojian - Often Wonder (Public Sector)
Alabama Shakes - Hold On (Rough Trade)
Justin Townes Earle - Memphis Rain (Bloodshot)
Two Bears - Time In Mind (Republic Of Music)
Champion Doug Veitch - Not The Heart (Drum)
Gemma Ray - Rescue Me (Bronze Rat)
Timber Timbre - Black Water (Full Time Hobby)
Tribes - Alone Or With Friends (Island)
Nick Lowe - I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass (Proper)
Eugene McGuinness - Shotgun (Domino)
Rainy Boy Sleep - One After One (Hidden Art)
Drive By Truckers - Where's Eddie (PIAS)
Eddie Hinton - Here I Am (Raven)
Donnie Fritts - Breakfast In Bed (Oh Boy)
Drive By Truckers - Everybody Needs Love (PIAS)
Peter Broderick - I Am Piano (Bella Union)
Sweet Inspirations - Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday (Soul Jazz)
Amy LaVere - Tennessee Valentine (Archer)
Jeb Loy Nichols - To Be Rich (Decca)
The Congos - Solid Foundation (Blood & Fire)
Two Bears - Heart Of The Congos (Republic Of Music)
Peter Broderick - A Tribute To Our Letter Writing Days (Bella Union)


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