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LESLIE KONG SESSIONS     1967 - 1971

 
       
  Leslie Kong - producer  
     
 
Beverley's Records. 135a Orange Street, Kingston, Jamaica      
 
   
 
   
This incomplete list of songs from the Kong Sessions can be heard
with a combination of these CD's   (••  are exclusives)

 
    From The Roots     Remastered CD - 2003 Monkey Man / From The Roots Trojan CD Trojan Anthology 2 x CD Monkey Man Trojan re-issue CD Bla Bla Bla CD That's My Number CD [ - copy of Bla Bla Bla ] Time Tough Island Anthology 2 x CD Sweet & Dandy CD Do The Reggae Attack CD Pressure drop - Best Of Trojan CD From The Roots  
1970
A Time To Love
                 
1969
African Doctor (Dr.Lester)
           
1969 African Doctor - alt. take ••                      
1968
Alidina - Take 1 mono
             
1968 
Alidina - Take 2 mono
                   
1968
Bim Today, Bam Tomorrow
                   
1969
Bla Bla Bla  - stereo
                 
1969
Bla Bla Bla - mono
                   
1969
Bla Bla Bla - alt. take mono
                 
1968
Desmond Dekker Came 1st
            ••          
1968
Do The Reggay
                 
1968
Don't Trouble Trouble
                   
1970 
Feel Alright 
                   
1970
Feel So Good 
                 
1970  Feel So Good - alt. take ••                      
1968
54-46  (That's My Number)
             
1970
54-46  (Was My Number)
               
1971 Funky Funky ••                      
1970 
Give Peace A Chance
               
1970
Gold And Silver
             
1970 
Gonna Need Somebody
                   
1970
Got To Feel It
                 
1968
Hold On
               
1970 
I Alone
••                    
1969 
I Need Your Love
                 
1969
I Shall Be Free
           
1970 Israel ••                      
1971
It Must Be True Love
                 
1971
It's You
                   
1971 
Johnny Cool Man
                 
1968 
Just Tell Me
             
1970 
Know Me Good
                 
1970 Know Me Good - alt. take ••                      
1970
Koo Koo
                 
1970 
Loving Spirit
                 
1970
Monkey Girl
             
1969
Monkey Man
       
1971 
Never You Change
                 
1969
Night And Day
                 
1970 
Nine O'Clock
                 
1969 
Oh Yeah
             
1971 
One Eye Enos
       
1970 
Pee Pee Cluck Cluck
                 
1970 
Peeping Tom - Take 1
                   
1970 
Peeping Tom - Take 2
               
1970 
Preacher, The
                   
1969 
Pressure Drop
       
1968 
Reborn
               
1970 
Revival Reggae
             
1968 
Scare Him
               
1968 
School Days
                   
1970 
She's My Scorcher
             
1968 
Struggle
                   
1970 
Sun Moon And Star
                   
1969 
Sweet And Dandy
       
1971 Teacher, Teacher 7"                      
1970 
Thy Kingdom Come
               
1971
Walk With Love
                   
1970 
Water Melon
                   
1968 
We Shall Overcome
                 
1968 
You Are A Traitor
              ••        
19?? Your Troubles Are Over ••                      
    From The Roots - Remastered CD - 2003 Monkey Man / From The Roots Trojan CD Trojan Anthology 2 x CD Monkey Man Trojan re-issue CD Bla Bla Bla CD That's My Number CD [ - copy of Bla Bla Bla ] Time Tough Island Anthology 2 x CD Sweet & Dandy CD Do The Reggae Attack CD Pressure drop - Best Of Trojan CD From The Roots  
 
 
 
   
       
The sound of Leslie Kong is the sound of the birth of Reggae. A sucessful cross-over which subtly bridges the soul roots of rocksteady and the rhythmic force of a new beat which was rocking Jamaica.

Kong became a producer in 1961 after meeting Jimmy Cliff. At The time, he was a Chinese Jamaican who sold ice-cream and records in his shop in Orange Street, Kingston, with the help of his three brothers. Kong would begin to achieve recognition towards 1968. If Coxsone, Duke Reid and Prince Buster dominated Ska and Rocksteady, it was Leslie Kong, in 1970, who best embodied the up and coming new sound of Reggae. He was the first producer to have international hits with reggae. Kong could proudly state that he had a selection of the best singers and vocal groups on the island; Desmond Dekker, Derrick Morgan, The Pioneers, The Maytals, The Wailers to name just a few of the most famous. Most of them would achieve their greatest success while at Beverley's records in this sacred era of early reggae. Kong also owed his success to his honest dealings with his artists and the English distribution via Island Records. But his prolific career ended suddenly in August 1971 when he died following a heart attack in his studio.

With Kong, there is always a problem between perception and reality. Leslie Kong productions are seen as too commercial with an "uptown" feel, lacking roots and the mysticism of Rastafarianism. He was one of the most successful producers in Jamaica because he employed top-notch musicians and paid particular attention to the qualities of the vocals and melodies. His music was instantly identifiable and the record-buying public, both in Jamaica and England, loved it.

   
       
       
 
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