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Meet The Now Generation

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In 1972, the great harmony trio the Heptones were helping to usher in the transition from rocksteady to reggae. Having recorded huge rocksteady hits for Coxsone Dodd's Studio One, they now went into Joe Gibbs' studio with the Now Generation band (which included guitarists Mikey Chung and Geoffrey Chung, keyboardist Robbie Lyn, drummer Mikey "Boo" Richards, and other luminaries of the period) and recorded a landmark of early reggae music. The album isn't perfect -- the vocals are a bit weak on the vintage sufferer's anthem "Our Day Will Come," and "The Magnificent Heptones (3 in 1)" is a waste-of-time hits medley that is inexplicably presented on this reissue in both regular and dubwise mixes. But the vast bulk of the album is excellent: "Be the One" is a pitch-perfect slice of classic roots and culture, followed by an unusually spacy dub version titled "The Road Is Rough"; "Save the Last Dance" is a gloriously cheesy pop cover in the grand tradition of rocksteady and early reggae; and "Freedom to the People" is nicely paired with a great DJ cut on the same rhythm featuring U-Roy. This might not be an utterly essential addition to every reggae collection, but no serious reggae fan will want to be without it.
© Rick Anderson /TiVo

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1
Hypocrite
00:03:04

Leroy Sibbles, Composer - The Heptones, MainArtist

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2
Save The Last Dance
00:02:51

The Heptones, MainArtist

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3
Our Day Will Come
00:03:19

The Heptones, MainArtist

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4
Freedom To The People
00:03:35

The Heptones, MainArtist

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5
Freedom Train aka Freedom to the People (feat. U-Roy)
00:04:03

The Heptones, MainArtist - U-Roy, FeaturedArtist

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6
Every Day and Every Night
00:02:31

The Heptones, MainArtist

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7
Love Has Many Faces
00:03:09

The Heptones, MainArtist

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8
Be The One
00:03:24

The Heptones, MainArtist

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9
The Road Is Rough (feat. Joe Gibbs & Now Generation)
00:02:50

Joe Gibbs, FeaturedArtist - The Heptones, MainArtist - Now Generation, FeaturedArtist

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10
The Magnificent Heptones [3 in 1]
00:03:12

The Heptones, MainArtist

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11
George Headley Medley (from the Magnificent Heptones Track) [feat. Dennis Alcapone]
00:03:18

Dennis Alcapone, FeaturedArtist - The Heptones, MainArtist

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12
I've Got A Feeling
00:02:17

The Heptones, MainArtist

© 2009 VP Music Group, Inc ℗ 2009 VP Music Group, Inc

Album Description

In 1972, the great harmony trio the Heptones were helping to usher in the transition from rocksteady to reggae. Having recorded huge rocksteady hits for Coxsone Dodd's Studio One, they now went into Joe Gibbs' studio with the Now Generation band (which included guitarists Mikey Chung and Geoffrey Chung, keyboardist Robbie Lyn, drummer Mikey "Boo" Richards, and other luminaries of the period) and recorded a landmark of early reggae music. The album isn't perfect -- the vocals are a bit weak on the vintage sufferer's anthem "Our Day Will Come," and "The Magnificent Heptones (3 in 1)" is a waste-of-time hits medley that is inexplicably presented on this reissue in both regular and dubwise mixes. But the vast bulk of the album is excellent: "Be the One" is a pitch-perfect slice of classic roots and culture, followed by an unusually spacy dub version titled "The Road Is Rough"; "Save the Last Dance" is a gloriously cheesy pop cover in the grand tradition of rocksteady and early reggae; and "Freedom to the People" is nicely paired with a great DJ cut on the same rhythm featuring U-Roy. This might not be an utterly essential addition to every reggae collection, but no serious reggae fan will want to be without it.
© Rick Anderson /TiVo

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