Open the Iron Gate: 1973–77 is a reggae compilation album by Max Romeo, released in 1999. The compilation consists mostly of the material from Romeo's 1975 album Revelation Time, adding four songs recorded between 1973 and 1977: "Every Man Ought to Know", "Valley of Jehosaphat", "Fire Fe the Vatican" and "Melt Away". The album was listed in the 1999 book The Rough Guide: Reggae: 100 Essential CDs.
…War ina Babylon is something of a mountain on the reggae landscape.
But what makes it so remarkable is not just the consistently high quality of the music – indeed,
by 1976 one had come to expect nothing but the finest and heaviest grooves from Perry and his studio band, the Upsetters
– rather, it's the fact that Max Romeo had proved to be such a convincing singer of cultural (or ''conscious'')
reggae after several years of raking it in as a purveyor of the most abject slackness.
(His ''Wet Dream'' had been a huge hit in England several years earlier,
and had been followed by such other delicacies as ''Wine Her Goosie'' and ''Pussy Watch Man.'')
But there's no denying the authority of his admonishing voice here,
and the title track (which describes the violent mood during Jamaica's 1972 general election) has remained a standard for decades.
Other highlights include ''One Step Forward'', ''Smile out a Style'' and ''Chase the Devil''.
Essential to any reggae collection.
Rick Anderson - allmusic.com
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