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
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…
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. From a music standpoint, however, this box is excellent; a truly diverse and comprehensive collection. Of the 500 songs, less than ten reappear on another volume, so you get a more-than-satisfying amount of music spanning the history of the Trojan label.
The classic Shakespearean romantic tragedy is updated by director Baz Luhrmann to a post-modern Verona Beach where swords are merely a brand of gun and bored youths are easily spurred toward violence. Longtime rivals in religion and business, the Montagues and the Capulets share a page from the Jets and Sharks of West Side Story when they form rival gangs. Romeo (Leonardo DiCaprio) is aloof toward the goings-on of his Montague cousins, but after he realizes that Juliet (Claire Danes) is a Capulet at the end of one very wild party, the enmity between the two clans becomes the root of his angst. He relies heavily – and with serious consequences – on his rebel gender-bender of a friend, Mercutio (Harold Perrineau Jr.), and Father (not Friar) Lawrence (Pete Postlethwaite) for protection and support.