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JUNIOR BYLES

BEAT DOWN BABYLON: ORIGINAL ALBUM PLUS BONUS TRACKS

Doctor Bird



2CD

Released: 10th Jul 2020

£13.99


Released in 1972, the Junior Byles single ‘Beat Down Babylon’ provided one of the clearest indications to date of the impending roots sound that would soon dominate reggae.

The immense popularity of the Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry-produced 45, both in Jamaica and the UK, swiftly prompted a best-selling long-player of the same title, issued later that year. Comprising ten of the singer-songwriter’s recent recordings for the mighty Upsetter, the LP has since been re-issued on vinyl on a number of occasions, but has never been officially made available on CD until now. Now, at long last, “Beat Down Babylon” does finally make it onto the format, with the original track-listing bolstered by the remainder of Byles’ released work for Perry, which includes numerous Jamaican hits, most notably the 1974 smash, ‘Curley Locks’.

BEAT DOWN BABYLON: ORIGINAL ALBUM PLUS BONUS TRACKS

Tracklist

  1. DA DA
  2. I'VE GOT A FEELING
  3. DON'T KNOW WHY
  4. DEMONSTRATION AND PROTEST
  5. COMING AGAIN
  6. BEAT DOWN BABYLON
  7. A PLACE CALLED AFRICA
  8. JOSHUA'S DESIRE
  9. A MATTER OF TIME
  10. POOR CHUBBY
  11. COME DA DA
  12. COME DA DA VERSION
  13. RIGHTEOUS OILY
  14. BEAT DOWN BABYLON ITAL VERSION
  15. INFORMER MEN
  16. OUTFORMER VERSION
  17. AFRICA STAND
  18. EDUCATION ROCK
  19. KING OF BABYLON
  20. KING OF BABYLON VERSION
  21. GOT THE TIP
  22. FEVER
  23. LICK THE PIPE PETER
  24. PHARAOH HIDING
  25. HAIL TO POWER
  26. ANOTHER MOSES
  27. RUB UP FESTIVAL ’71
  28. THE THANKS WE GET (FIRST VERSION)
  29. CURLEY LOCKS
  30. LOCK AND KEY
  31. DREADER LOCKS
  32. MIILTANT ROCK
  33. THE THANKS WE GET (SECOND VERSION)
  34. XYLOPHONE ROCK
  35. NOW GENERATION
  36. THE LONG WAY
  37. LONGER WAY
  38. AUNTIE LULU
  39. FUN AND GAMES
  40. MOTION DUB
  41. MUMBLING AND GRUMBLING
  42. KING SIZE MUMBLE
  43. CUTTING RAZOR
  44. RASTA NO PICKPOCKET
  45. PICK POCKET SKANK
  46. PRETTY BABY
  47. PRETTY DUB
  48. WHEN WILL BETTER COME
  49. THE THANKS WE GET (THIRD VERSION)
  50. UNGRATEFUL SKANK
  51. CURLEY LOCKS (ALT. VERSION)