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Merger - Exiles In A Babylon (Makasound) CD

Merger - Exiles In A Babylon (Makasound) CD
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Added 06/03/09: The latest release from French reggae revival label is this forgotten album from 1977 by the group Merger. Formed in that year by ex-pat Jamaican multi-instrumentalist Barry Ford alongside Mikey Dan aka Mike Dorane and Winston Bennett, Merger created an experimental variation on the contemporary roots reggae formula and made many friends amongst those on the London gig circuit appearing on the same bill as punk and new wave acts, rather in the manner of Steel Pulse and the Cimarrons. Indeed, the track Rebel is a homage to Johnny Rotten. They were an album band rather than a singles band which meant they failed to make much impact on the London reggae scene, which was heavily tilted towards music from Jamaica and the sound system culture, and so the group remain, like many of the UK reggae groups from those days, an unrecognised and non-celebrated part of the UK’s reggae history. They split in 1980 after recording some tracks in Jamaica with the Studio One Band at Harry J’s Studio, two of which; Rebel and Freedom Fighters, are added to this release. In retrospect, Exiles In A Babylon is an entertaining and very musical album that addresses the usual reggae concerns but in a more outernational style, closer to Jamaican performing bands such as Zap Pow or Third World than the rootsier approach of, say, Aswad. MKS22.

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1. Understanding
2. African Lady
3. Exiles Ina Babylon
4. Ghetto Child
5. Waterfalls
6. 77
7. Massa Gana
8. Have You Heard
9. Life Song
10. Rebel
11. Freedom Fighters
 

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