ESCAPE FROM BABYLON - MARTHA VELEZ
LP: Sire
CD: WEA
1975
Produced by Bob Marley and Lee Perry


1. Money Man
2. There You Are
3. Wild Bird
4. Disco Night
5. Bend Down Low
6. Happiness
7. Come On In
8. Get Up Stand Up

Martha Velez was a young American singer who travelled to Jamaica and became a protege of Bob Marley. With the Wailers as a backing band, Marley and Scratch collaborated to produce this very polished reggae album - more Marley than Scratch, but noteworthy nonetheless. The standout track is Velez' remake of "Get Up Stand Up", which takes on a new vibe due to Velez' gorgeous voice and the organ-driven arrangement. Hard to find, but worth looking for. Most of the material was also released on CD as Angels Of The Future/Past.

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