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THE HEPTONES ON TOP1
The Heptones (1968)

Studio One 0016
matrix: Dodd SO-0016 A / Dodd SO-0016 B

Equal Rights; Pure Sorrow; Heptones Gonna Fight; I Hold The Handle; My Baby Is Gone; Soul Power // Take Me Darling; We Are In The Mood; Sea Of Love; Pretty Looks Isn't All; Party Time; I Love You

Original Jamaican issue. The back of the sleeve includes the following credits: Produced by C.S. Dodd; United Printers Ltd.; and Manufactured by Coxsone Records Ltd. 13 High Road, Willesden, N.W. 10.
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Leroy Sibbles, Earl Morgan and Barry Llewellyn formed The Heptones in 1965, and quickly developed into one of the most outstanding harmony groups of their era. THE HEPTONES ON TOP remains one of the truly classic albums to be recorded at Studio One. Produced by C.S. Dodd with Sylvan Morris as the Recording Engineer. Photography and sleeve notes by Jackie Estick.
(Thanks to Cyrille Fouques and Bradley Levine for label illustrations.)

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THE HEPTONES ON TOP1
The Heptones (1970s)

Studio One 0016
matrix: Dodd SO-0016 A / Dodd SO-0016 B

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Equal Rights; Pure Sorrow; Heptones Gonna Fight; I Hold The Handle; My Baby Is Gone; Soul Power // Take Me Darling; We Are In The Mood; Sea Of Love; Pretty Looks Isn't All; Party Time; I Love You

1970s repress in a sleeve PRINTED IN JAMAICA BY ADPROGRAPHICS LTD. Note that the Manufactured by Coxsone Records Ltd. 13 High Road, Willesden, N.W.10 credit has been removed. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

THE HEPTONES ON TOP1
The Heptones (1969)

Studio One SOL 9010
matrix: SOL+9010+A2 / SOL+9010+B2

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Equal Rights; Pure Sorrow; Heptones Gonna Fight; I Hold The Handle; My Baby Is Gone; Soul Power // Take Me Darling; We Are In The Mood; Sea Of Love; Pretty Looks Isn't All; Party Time; I Love You

UK issue with stamped matrix. The laminated sleeve is printed in the UK by Senol Printing Ltd.
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This is the tenth (and last) in the series of LPs on the iconic red and white 'hanging micrphone' label issued in the UK by the Island/B&C group. THE HEPTONES self-titled first LP was the second in the series to be released.

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THE HEPTONES ON TOP1
The Heptones (1971)

Studio One 0016
matrix: Dodd SO-0016 A / Dodd SO-0016 B

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Equal Rights; Pure Sorrow; Heptones Gonna Fight; I Hold The Handle; My Baby Is Gone; Soul Power // Take Me Darling; We Are In The Mood; Sea Of Love; Pretty Looks Isn't All; Party Time; I Love You

1980 US reissue. The hand-scribed matrix numbers have the A and B sides reversed (the machine-stamped SOUNDWAVE appears on Side 1 only). There are no printer credits on the back of the sleeve.
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THE HEPTONES ON TOP1
The Heptones (1980)

Studio One SO LP 0016
matrix: SOLP 0134 B - SOUNDWAVE
matrix: SOLP 0134 A

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Equal Rights; Pure Sorrow; Heptones Gonna Fight; I Hold The Handle; My Baby Is Gone; Soul Power // Take Me Darling; We Are In The Mood; Sea Of Love; Pretty Looks Isn't All; Party Time; I Love You

1971 Jamaican repress from the original stampers. The UniPrint logo (for United Printers Ltd.) appears in the bottom left corner on the back of the sleeve, which also carries the Manufactured by Coxsone Records Ltd. 13 High Road, Willesden, N.W.10 credit. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

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THE HEPTONES ON TOP1
The Heptones (1980s)

Studio One 0016
matrix: SOLP 0134 B -- SOUNDWAVE
matrix: SOLP 0134 A

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matrix

Equal Rights; Pure Sorrow; Heptones Gonna Fight; I Hold The Handle; My Baby Is Gone; Soul Power // Take Me Darling; We Are In The Mood; Sea Of Love; Pretty Looks Isn't All; Party Time; I Love You

1980s modified repress. The B and A matrix letters have been scratched out and replaced with an upside-down A and B. No printer credits on the back of the sleeve. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

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THE HEPTONES ON TOP1
The Heptones

Studio One SO 0016
matrix: SOLP-0134-B HEPTONES ON TOP SO-CM
matrix: SOLP-0134-A HEPTONES ON TOP SO-CM

Equal Rights; Pure Sorrow; Heptones Gonna Fight; I Hold The Handle; My Baby Is Gone; Soul Power // Take Me Darling; We Are In The Mood; Sea Of Love; Pretty Looks Isn't All; Party Time; I Love You

Late 1980s reissue. A and B sides are reversed, so side with matrix B begins with Equal Rights.
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THE HEPTONES ON TOP1
The Heptones (1970s)

Studio One SO 0016
matrix: SO 1108 BBB / SO 1108 AAA

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Equal Rights; Pure Sorrow; Heptones Gonna Fight; I Hold The Handle; My Baby Is Gone; Soul Power // Take Me Darling; We Are In The Mood; Sea Of Love; Pretty Looks Isn't All; Party Time; I Love You

Late 1970s Jamaican reissue. The hand-scribed matrix numbers have the A and B sides reversed, so that SO 1108 BBB plays Side 1. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

Equal Rights; Pure Sorrow; Heptones Gonna Fight; I Hold The Handle; My Baby Is Gone; Soul Power // Take Me Darling; We Are In The Mood; Sea Of Love; Pretty Looks Isn't All; Party Time; I Love You

Jamaican reissue, date unknown. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

THE HEPTONES ON TOP1
The Heptones

Studio One S 0016
matrix: MML 2044 A- SPINGLMMNN / HEPTONES ON TOP

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THE BEST OF THE HEPTONES
The Heptones (1976)

Studio One SO 1108
matrix: T1 -SO 1108A - 1 / T2 -SO 1108B - 1

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Equal Rights; Pure Sorrow; Heptones Gonna Fight; I Hold The Handle; My Baby Is Gone; Soul Power // Take Me Darling; We Are In The Mood; Sea Of Love; Pretty Looks Isn't All; Party Time; I Love You

1976 US issue. The same tracks as THE HEPTONES ON TOP distributed by Buddah Records Inc. as part of their 'AUTHENTIC ISLND COLLECTOR'S EDITION' series. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

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THE HEPTONES ON TOP1
The Heptones

Trenchtown TTCD 0040

Equal Rights; Pure Sorrow; Heptones Gonna Fight; I Hold The Handle; My Baby Is Gone; Soul Power; Take Me Darling; We Are In The Mood; Sea Of Love; Pretty Looks Isn't All; Party Time; I Love You

Trenchtown CD featuring the original 12 tracks, but unfortunately dubbed from disc.

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THE HEPTONES ON TOP2
The Heptones (1995)

Studio 0ne SO CD 0016

Equal Rights; Pure Sorrow; Heptones Gonna Fight; I Hold The Handle; My Baby Is Gone; Soul Power; A Change Is Gonna Come; When You Are Down; Take Me Darling; We Are In The Mood; Sea Of Love; Pretty Looks Isn't All; Party Time; I Love You; Oil In My Lamp

Studio One CD with three extra tracks (A Change Is Gonna Come, When You Are Down, and Oil In My Lamp) and extended remixes of Heptones Gonna Fight and Party Time.

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THE HEPTONES ON TOP2
The Heptones (2002)

Studio 0ne SO CD 0016

Equal Rights; Pure Sorrow; Heptones Gonna Fight; I Hold The Handle; My Baby Is Gone; Soul Power; A Change Is Gonna Come; When You Are Down; Take Me Darling; We Are In The Mood; Sea Of Love; Pretty Looks Isn't All; Party Time; I Love You; Oil In My Lamp

The same tracks as above were re-released on CD in 2002 in a different cover.

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