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 2008 live recording with the London Symphony Orchestra is Valery Gergiev's 2nd complete recording of Prokofiev's ballet Romeo & Juliet, the 1st being a 1991 Philips release with the Kirov Orchestra. This performance, like his 1st, is notable for its refinement & lyricism. It's perhaps surprising that Gergiev, known for the wildness & ferocity of his performances of other Prokofiev works, like The Fiery Angel, shows such restraint here. Gergiev clearly understands the ballet as a work in which Prokofiev, writing originally for the Bolshoi, a theater known for its conservatism (although that production was canceled), tailored his score to follow in the tradition of the 3 great Tchaikovsky ballets.
42 track album featuring Jimmy Cliff, Aswad, UB40, Ziggy Maley, Desmond Dekker, Ken Booth & More.
This is an excellent reggae sampler. It should be obvious that everyone's first introduction to reggae should be Bob Marley's great LEGEND which is the reggae desert island disc of all time. That is the place to start for any introduction to reggae. This sampler is a good next step and includes classics from Jimmy Cliff, Burning Spear, Black Uhuru, Toots and the Maytals, and many others. The rhythm section for many of these tracks is the famous Sly and Robbie duo…