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
This whopping 30-CD box set gathers together the best of Trojan's three-disc box set series. Included are the Ska, DJ, Dub, Instrumentals, Jamaican Superstars, Lovers, Producer Series, Rocksteady, Roots, and Tribute to Bob Marley volumes, each of which can be found under Trojan Box Set for their individual reviews. What's lacking here is a booklet with additional notes and information; the bulk seems to demand some extra coverage and care, yet all that's here are the original notes of each volume – only as much text as can fit on the back of the CD sleeves.
Given its premiere by The Royal Ballet in 1965 with Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn dancing the title roles, Kenneth MacMillan's first full-evening ballet has become a signature work for the Company, enjoying great popularity around the world. From the outset, the production teems with life and colour as the townspeople, market traders and servants of the rival Montagues and Capulets go about their daily business in vibrant crowd scenes. But Romeo and Juliet take centre stage for those great pas de deux: the meeting in the ballroom, the balcony scene, the morning after the wedding and the final devastating tomb scene. Although The Royal Ballet has performed Romeo and Juliet over 400 times, each performance and pairing is subtly different and Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli are utterly captivating in the title roles.