The Heptones are a Jamaican rocksteady and reggae vocal trio most active in the s and They had a big hit with "Book of Rules" (based on an American poem called "A Bag of Tools" by nvrehs.info) in It was one of the group's few. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of Book Of Rules on Discogs. Book Of Rules Lyrics: Isn't it strange how princesses and kings / In clown-ragged capers in sawdust rings / While common people like you and me / We'll be.
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Book Of Rules by The Heptones song meaning, lyric interpretation, video and chart position. A shapeless mass.. and the book of rules. Each must make his life as flowing in. Tumbling block on a stepping stone. Just while common people like you and me. Leroy Sibbles, Earl Morgan and Barry Llewellyn first banded together in Kingston in as The Hep Ones, but quickly changed it up to the Heptones when.
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Authority control MusicBrainz: Retrieved from " https: Jamaican reggae musical groups Rocksteady musical groups Trojan Records artists Island Records artists. Hidden categories: Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. This page was last edited on 15 February , at Bass player Leroy Sibbles filled that role on almost all the other recordings. Listen to other tracks by the group and you find out why he is even higher regarded than Llewellyn I added a couple of other Heptones song to the playlist.
The tensions also arrived for other reasons, again related to Book of Rules. The lyrics were based on a poem by R. To each is given a book of rules, A shapeless mass and a bag of tools; And each must shape ere life has flown, A stumbling block or a stepping stone. Up to that point Sibbles had been the star of the group. Not only because of his praised lead vocals, but also because his bass playing.
His work on the bass was so well respected that he became one of the most requested bass players in Jamaica. Though The Heptones was his main band, he played in countless other Jamaican songs during the sixties.
By the time the seventies came around, Sibbles was already a sort of Jamaican music legend. Book of Rules would be the crown achievement. Despite not having the lead vocals, Sibbles still got special praise for his bass playing, that became a standard for subsequent reggae records.
That is why they signed with Island Records when they reunited in Like other acts before, Island Records first assigned The Heptones with rerecording some of their best work in a way that appealed to western tastes. So their album, Night Food, mostly consists of reworked earlier songs, sanitized. There is nothing wrong with this practice or with these recordings.
I also had a lot of fun with the back catalogue of The Heptones.
Book of Rules is their greatest achievement. Their harmonies are as lovely as they get, while that trombone and saxophone give the thing a boost that contrasts the gentle piano and vocals.