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Back In The Black Ark

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More than thirty years after the fabulous "Heart of the Congos", The Congos, Cedric Myton, Ashanti Roy and Watty Burnett patch up relations with Lee Perry in Jamaica to record another album, simply titled "Back In The Black Ark"

To say this is both an achievement and coup is an understatement. Both artists should be enjoying time spent in extended retirement, having both paid more than their dues to the reggae and indeed the music world "Heart Of The Congos Often" listed in 'Greatest Albums Ever Made...' lists.

But with a solid work ethic gracing a vast swath of the Jamaican originators, time had come to return to the studio and write a late, but nonetheless great footnote to their extensive catalogue..

Not only that, but it shows a new chapter in Perry's well documented fraught relationship with the Congos, who he famously ejected from his original Black Ark during a turbulent time for Perry.

"Back in the Black Ark " begin with the recording of a cover, Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang", a song speaking about the suffering of prisoners used as slaves, while album continues telling a wider story through its anecdotal lyrical content. Perry makes an appearance on vocals, "Spider Woman" and "Garden of Life", whilst the majority of the instrumental tracks were also played by the Congos. 


Matt says: 'Kin ell do these guys not know when to stop?! Just when you'd be expectin' Lee to be chillem-ing in his rocking chair with his macca and cornbread, out he pops another album, re-establishing his friendship with the once exciled Congos and the results are as good as you'd expect from these long standing reggae vets.


A1. Chain Gang
A2. Celestial World
A3. Garden Of Life
A4. Charriots
B1. Forever Young
B2. Spider Woman
B3. Old Time Friends
B4. Great Powers
C1. Raining Night In Georgia
C2. Music School
C3. Crying Times
D1. Tip Of My Tongue
D2. Under The Sun
D3. Up On The Roof

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