musicology #144


SpectrumOfLove #4

(The Heptones – Meaning Of Life)

I was sitting in the ‘haddock & bloater’ last night on my way backfrom singing the ‘bourgeois blues’ thinking about the SpectrumOfLove and lo and behold this one appeared, floated soothingly like the warm summer breeze over my troubling mind and externalised what was/is in my heart and mind. So taking it as a sign i’m laying it on you..

sung by ‘article‘ Jamaican Vocal Group The Heptones, (Barry Llewelyn, Leroy Sibbles and Earl Morgan), who have featured heavily in themusicologists musical Journey from first being exposed to them as a youngblood via the 1976 album ‘Night Food’…

for themusicologist they are Jamaica’s foremost vocal group whose harmonics are as good as it gets.

Not sure who’s singing lead but it doesn’t sound like Leroy Sibbles so my guess is that it’s Barry Llewelyn? what I do know is that it’s a 1973 production by Alvin Ranglin released on the UK DownTown label.

to be honest it could have been any number of tunes from this group such is the quality of their output.

what a tune..

“I wanna know..what’s the meaning of life,

without a love of my own, without a love to call my own,

if this is life…then I dont want no part of life,

without a love of my own, without a love to call my own,

instead of loving me,..girl you’ve only hurt me all the while,

if its a love I already had..if it’s a love already lost,

this is life..then I don’t want no part of life,

without a love of my own, without a love to call my own,

ye-yeh I wanna know what is the meaning of life,

without a love of my own, without a love to call my own,

ooh darling I wannna know, why you do me you do me like you do,

you only hurt me all the while, you only tears me up inside”.

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