Open The GateOpen The Gate

LP: Trojan PERRY2
CD: Trojan CDPRY2
1989

Disc 1:
1. Words - Anthony Davis & Lee Perry
2. Vampire - Devon Irons & Doctor Alimantado
3. Babylon Falling / Version - The Heptones / Upsetters
4. Mistry Babylon / Version - The Heptones / Upsetters
5. Garden Of Life - Leroy Sibbles
6. History - Carlton Jackson
7. Sons Of Slaves - Junior Delgado
8. Open The Gate - Watty Burnett

Disc 2:
1. Talk About It / Yama-Ky - The Diamonds
2. Cherry Oh Baby - Eric Donaldson
3. Rainy Night In Portland - Watty Burnett
4. Ruffer Ruff / Ruffer Dub - Horace Smart / Upsetters
5. Nickodeemus - The Congos
6. Know Love - The Twin Roots
7. City Too Hot - Lee Perry
8. Bionic Rats - Lee Perry
9. Bad Weed - Junior Murvin

There was a time when Open The Gate, along with Arkology and Build The Ark, were the three crucial Lee Perry collections. As of 2004, Trojan has deleted this epic collection, so it will be a bit harder to find (although much of this material has been included on subsequent Trojan sets). The music here represents the Black Ark at its finest: powerful, groovy, and earth shaking. Special mention to the spine-tingling "Vampire" by Devon Irons and Dr. Alimantado, the apocalyptic "Babylon Falling" by The Heptones, Eric Donaldson's Black Ark version of his big hit "Cherry Oh Baby" and Watty Burnett's thundering "Open The Gate". Essential listening.

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