Cruise International Records,
Allerton Grange Vale,
Heptones Party Time 7” vinyl
This upbeat exhortation to party was originally recorded in the late 1960’s but saw the light of day again with the release of the album of the same name in 1977. The Heptones – apparently named after one of the three founders noticed an empty bottle of Heptones Tonic in a pile of refuse – recorded around 20 albums from the late 1960’s to the mid 1990’s.
‘Party Time’ was produced by veteran producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry who has worked with many reggae heavyweights including Bob Marley, and this song has the hallmarks of his production style with densely recorded rhythms and a strong chugging reggae beat underpinning the vocals.
While ‘Party Time’ mostly celebrates the life affirming joys of partying and having fun, there’s a strong warning of the need to enjoy oneself not only ‘before we’re old’ but also ‘before we’re cold’. An example where good reggae writing puts in a small yet foreboding rumble of thunder amidst the sunshine.
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