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Album Review

A leader in the roots reggae sound during the 70s, The Congos have maintained their basic, uncomplicated sound. However, the emphasis on Cedric Myton's trilling falsetto delivery makes for a less melodious album than would be expected from a roots reggae act. His high-pitched warbling on the opening track of Enemy & Spy is downright irritating and the mundane sound and lyrics on the rest of the tunes do little to offset this fact.

Biography

Formed: Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A duo comprised of Cedric Myton and Roydel "Ashanti" Johnson, the Congos are known primarily known for one record, Heart of the Congos, released in 1977. Reggae historian Steve Barrow, one of the people behind the exquisite reissue of this long-thought-lost record, considers it as good as seminal reggae recordings such as Bob Marley and the Wailers' Natty Dread, Burning Spear's Marcus Garvey, and the Mighty Diamonds' Right Time. This is not an exaggeration. Myton and Johnson, working...
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Congos Revival, The Congos
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  • $18.99
  • Genres: Reggae, Music, Dub
  • Released: 02 July 1999

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