|BEAT DOWN BABYLON - JUNIOR BYLES
LP: Dynamic WIZZ5001
LP: Trojan TRL52
CD: Sprint UP3
Beat Down Babylon is a fantastic album for so many reasons. First of all, it introduced a dynamic new voice to reggae. Second, with the Perry-Marley collaboration over, Scratch was looking for a new voice whose talents would be mutually beneficial. Third, Byles was perhaps the best of the new crop of "rebel" singers starting to record in Jamaica at the time. Finally, this is simply some of the best reggae ever recorded. Sensitive and melancholy but also lively and playful, Byles creates a unique mood on this album. Highlights include the devastating "I've Got A Feeling", the rebellious "Beat Down Babylon" and the emotional "A Place Called Africa".