20th Century MastersWar Ina Babylon - Max Romeo

LP: Federal F5008
LP: Island ILPS9392
CD: Mango 162 539 392-2
CD: Hip-O Select B0002397-02
1976

Original album:
1. One Step Forward
2. Uptown Babies Don't Cry
3. Chase The Devil
4. War Ina Babylon
5. Norman
6. Stealing In The Name Of Jah
7. Tan And See
8. Smokey Room
9. Smile Out A Style

Limited edition 2004 Hip-O Select:
01. One Step Forward
02. Uptown Babies Don't Cry
03. Chase The Devil
04. War Ina Babylon
05. Norman
06. Stealing In The Name Of Jah
07. Tan And See
08. Smokey Room
09. Smile Out A Style
10. Revelation Dub
11. Norman (discomix)
12. One Step Forward (single version)
13. One Step Dub
14. War Ina Babylon (single version)

War Ina Babylon is simply one of reggae's finest moments. Along with The Heptones' Party Time and Junior Murvin's Police And Thieves, this album can be seen as part of a Black Ark "holy trinity". This album is perhaps the strongest of the three, with passionate vocals, powerful songwriting, and Lee Perry's expert hand at the mixing board. Max and Scratch shared a common vision when it came to music, and you can certainly hear that in every groove of this album. Highlights include the moving "Uptown Babies Don't Cry", the militant "Chase The Devil", and the film noir reggae of "Norman". Essential listening.

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