Songs You May Have Missed #703

Max Romeo & The Upsetters: “War Ina Babylon” (1976)

Jamaican Max Romeo was known for making rather lightweight, if at times racy, pop which performed well in both Jamaican and UK charts in the late 60’s.

But when he paired with Lee “Scratch” Perry’s studio band the Upsetters for the 1976 release War Ina Babylon he brought the goods. The religious and politically-themed album is widely acknowledged not only as Romeo’s best work but a classic of the reggae genre, and its title song, which describes the tense mood around the Jamaican election of 1972, is a highlight.

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