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Max Romeo & The Upsetters|War Ina Babylon (Expanded Edition)

War Ina Babylon (Expanded Edition)

Max Romeo & The Upsetters

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Like the epochal Police & Thieves by Junior Murvin, which also originated at Lee "Scratch" Perry's Black Ark Studio and thus shares with this album Perry's trademark dark, swampy ambience, War ina Babylon is something of a mountain on the reggae landscape. But what makes it so remarkable is not just the consistently high quality of the music -- indeed, by 1976 one had come to expect nothing but the finest and heaviest grooves from Perry and his studio band, the Upsetters -- rather, it's the fact that Max Romeo had proved to be such a convincing singer of cultural (or "conscious") reggae after several years of raking it in as a purveyor of the most abject slackness. (His "Wet Dream" had been a huge hit in England several years earlier, and had been followed by such other delicacies as "Wine Her Goosie" and "Pussy Watch Man.") But there's no denying the authority of his admonishing voice here, and the title track (which describes the violent mood during Jamaica's 1972 general election) has remained a standard for decades. Other highlights include "One Step Forward" and "Smile Out a Style." Essential to any reggae collection.
© Rick Anderson /TiVo

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1
One Step Forward
Max Romeo
00:05:09

Max Romeo, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The Upsetters, MainArtist - Lee "Scratch" Perry, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1976 The Island Def Jam Music Group, mit freundlicher Genehmigung: PolydorIslandGroup, a division of Universal Music GmbH

2
Uptown Babies Don't Cry
Max Romeo
00:04:58

Max Romeo, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The Upsetters, MainArtist - Lee "Scratch" Perry, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1976 The Island Def Jam Music Group

3
Chase The Devil
Max Romeo
00:03:25

Max Romeo, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Upsetters, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - Lee "Scratch" Perry, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1976 The Island Def Jam Music Group, Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: PolydorIslandGroup, a division of Universal Music GmbH

4
War Ina Babylon
Max Romeo
00:04:50

Max Romeo, MainArtist - The Upsetters, MainArtist - Lee "Scratch" Perry, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Maxie Smith, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1976 The Island Def Jam Music Group

5
Norman (Album Version)
Max Romeo
00:04:48

Max Romeo, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The Upsetters, MainArtist - Lee "Scratch" Perry, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1976 The Island Def Jam Music Group

6
Stealing In The Name Of Jah
Max Romeo
00:03:05

Max Romeo, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The Upsetters, MainArtist - Lee "Scratch" Perry, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1976 The Island Def Jam Music Group

7
Tan And See
Max Romeo
00:04:33

Brown, ComposerLyricist - Max Romeo, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The Upsetters, MainArtist - Lee "Scratch" Perry, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1976 The Island Def Jam Music Group

8
Smokey Room
Max Romeo
00:03:02

Brown, ComposerLyricist - Max Romeo, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The Upsetters, MainArtist - Lee "Scratch" Perry, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1976 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Smile Out A Style
Max Romeo
00:03:31

Max Romeo, MainArtist - The Upsetters, MainArtist - Lee "Scratch" Perry, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1976 The Island Def Jam Music Group

10
Revelation Dub
The Upsetters
00:04:58

Max Romeo, ComposerLyricist - The Upsetters, MainArtist - Lee "Scratch" Perry, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1976 The Island Def Jam Music Group

11
Norman (Discomix)
Max Romeo
00:08:36

Max Romeo, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Jah Lloyd, FeaturedArtist - Lee "Scratch" Perry, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1976 The Island Def Jam Music Group

12
One Step Forward (Single Edit)
Max Romeo
00:03:34

Max Romeo, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The Upsetters, MainArtist - Lee "Scratch" Perry, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1976 The Island Def Jam Music Group

13
One Step Dub
The Upsetters
00:03:12

Max Romeo, ComposerLyricist - The Upsetters, MainArtist - Lee "Scratch" Perry, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1976 The Island Def Jam Music Group

14
War Ina Babylon (Single Edit)
Max Romeo
00:04:49

Max Romeo, MainArtist - The Upsetters, MainArtist - Lee "Scratch" Perry, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Maxie Smith, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1976 The Island Def Jam Music Group

Album Description

Like the epochal Police & Thieves by Junior Murvin, which also originated at Lee "Scratch" Perry's Black Ark Studio and thus shares with this album Perry's trademark dark, swampy ambience, War ina Babylon is something of a mountain on the reggae landscape. But what makes it so remarkable is not just the consistently high quality of the music -- indeed, by 1976 one had come to expect nothing but the finest and heaviest grooves from Perry and his studio band, the Upsetters -- rather, it's the fact that Max Romeo had proved to be such a convincing singer of cultural (or "conscious") reggae after several years of raking it in as a purveyor of the most abject slackness. (His "Wet Dream" had been a huge hit in England several years earlier, and had been followed by such other delicacies as "Wine Her Goosie" and "Pussy Watch Man.") But there's no denying the authority of his admonishing voice here, and the title track (which describes the violent mood during Jamaica's 1972 general election) has remained a standard for decades. Other highlights include "One Step Forward" and "Smile Out a Style." Essential to any reggae collection.
© Rick Anderson /TiVo

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