Various Artists | Soul Jazz Records Presents: Fire Over Babylon: Dread, Peace and Conscious Sounds at Studio One

Various Artists | Soul Jazz Records Presents: Fire Over Babylon: Dread, Peace and Conscious Sounds at Studio One

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Ace new collection of classic 70's roots reggae from the treasure trove that is the Studio One archives.

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Soul Jazz Records’ new Studio One collection ‘Fire Over
Babylon: Dread, Peace and Conscious Sounds at Studio
One’ features a stellar selection of 70s roots music -
classic and rare tracks recorded at Clement Dodd’s
musical empire at 13 Brentford Road in the 1970s.

Rastafarian-inspired Roots music was an ever-important
aspect of Studio One’s output from the start of the 1970s
onwards and this album features many of the ground-
breaking groups and artists that established the sound of
Jamaica during this decade and beyond.

Featured here are seminal artists such as Freddie
McGregor, The Wailing Souls, The Gladiators, Horace
Andy, Devon Russell, Cedric Brooks, Count Ossie and
Judah Eskender Tafari alongside a host of lesser-known
rare cuts made at Studio One from artists such as The
Prospectors, Viceroys and Pablove Black.

Studio One and founder Clement Dodd’s connection with
Rastafarianism dates back to the early 1960s, with Dodd
accompanying members of the Skatalites up to the hills of
Kingston to listen to the music of the Rastafarian Count
Ossie and his drummers. The album sleevenotes discuss
how Clement Dodd’s musical links, as well as his role in
heading the most important record label in Reggae, are in
many ways linked to the beliefs of Rastafarianism.

Freddie McGregor - I Am A Revolutionist
The Silvertones - Burning In My Soul
Wailing Souls - Without You
Devon Russell - Jah Jah Fire
Trevor Clarke - Sufferation
The Gladiators - Sonia
Judah Eskender Tafari - Always Trying
The Viceroys - Ya Ho
Im And Count Ossie - Give Me Back Me Language And Me Culture
The Gladiators - Serious Thing
The Prospectors - Glory For I
Wailing Souls - Things And Time
Pablove Black - Inner Peace
The Gladiators - Peace
Horace Andy - Mr. Jolly Man
Wailing Souls - Rock But Don’t Fall
Albert Griffiths And The Gladiators - Righteous Man
So Many Problems - The Viceroys