MIDNIGHT RAVER’S ALBUM PICK OF THE WEEKCedric Myton & The Congos Face The Music (Go Feet, 1981) Vinyl [24/96]

This week’s album pick is the 1981 album by Cedric Myton & The Congos titled Face The Music.  Not a well known album amongst casual reggae fans, Face The Music is an absolute stunner and is probably my favorite Congos album.  In my humble opinion, this album ranks up there with my favorite Congos album Congo Ashanti, and the much overhyped, but classic Lee “Scratch” Perry-produced debut album Heart Of The Congos.

Cedric Myton’s legendary falsetto is in top form here as are the song melodies and vocal harmonies The Congos are known for.  I am blessed to own a mint original press vinyl copy of this album, and the sound is redmarkable when you consider that it was pressed more than 30 years ago.  As I try to do with all my vinyl, I have digitized the album at 24-bit/96 kHz, preserving the original sound and vibes in top quality.

Have a listen.  I consider the first 3 Congos albums as essential to any serious reggae fan’s library.  You can purchase the 1995 VP Records reissue of the album HERE!

The Congos are planning the release of a new album in 2013.  The working title for the album is ‘BLOODLINE DNA.’


Cedric Myton & The Congos
Face The Music
Go Feet Records, 1981

Record date : 1981

Album style : roots, group vocal

1. Can’t Take It Away
2. Bank Of The River
3. Where He Leads Me
4. Face The Music
5. Dance All Night
6. Problems
7. Woman In The Dark
8. Love & Understanding
9. Scoffers & Scorners
10. Sinking Ship

Producer : Cedric Myton

Mixing Engineer : Sid Bucknor
Engineer : Noel Hearne & Christopher Daley

Vocals : The Congos
Backing Vocals : Watty Burnett & Devon Russell & L. Lewis
Drums : Santa Davis
Bass : Val Douglas
Lead Guitar : Dougie Bryan & Cat Core & Cedric Myton
Rhythm Guitar : Dougie Bryan
Piano : Harold Butler & Leslie Butler
Organ : Harold Butler
Horns : Rico Rodriguez & Dick Cuthell & Jimmy Becker

Studios :
Recording : Dynamic Sounds (Kingston, JA) & Aquarius (Kingston, JA)
Mixing : Roundhouse (London, UK)

Also included here is an interview with Cedric Myton from the November 1981 issue of ZIG ZAG MAGAZINE