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Fallen Is Babylon

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Blessed both by heredity and singular talent, Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers have long been one of reggae's brightest bands, combining the music's powerful populist message with an optimistic outlook. On their new album, Ziggy & Co. Have captured the sweet sounds of Jamaica in voices resonant with heritage and a vision that is distinctly their own. 1st single: A warm cover of Curtis Mayfield's classic "People Get Ready"; listen for it everywhere including Top 40, reggae, AAA, college and alt-rock radio. [Note: This product is an authorized CD-R and is manufactured on demand].

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Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers have finally resigned themselves to the fact that genes are greater than inspiration. While most rock brood-- Jakob Dylan, Jeff Buckley, Donovan Leitch--desperately kick to distance themselves from their paternal heritage, with each new album the Marley children of Jamaica move closer toward father Bob Marley's sound and acumen. On their eighth album Fallen Is Babylon, the Melody Makers surreally echo the late '70s, electric reggae work of their senior. Ziggy's voice has matured into a honeyed growl that is virtually indistinguishable from that of his father. The consciousness-rooted songwriting picks up where Bob left off with later tracks like `"Coming in from the Cold" and "Pimper's Paradise." And the whole project was consummated at the historic Tuff Gong Studio, rebuilt and rechristened Marley Music Studio. The problem is that as the Melody Makers evolve into the perfect Bob clone, they relinquish their own often imaginative identity. Stripped of the potent, passionate feel of the band's earlier discs, Fallen Is Babylon sounds like nothing more revelatory than a tribute album. --Aidin Vaziri

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Fallen Is Babylon
  2. Everyone Wants To be
  3. People Get Ready
  4. Postman
  5. Brotherly Sisterly Love
  6. Born To Be Lively
  7. Long Winter
  8. I Remember
  9. Day By Day
  10. Five Days A Year
  11. Notice
  12. Diamond City
  13. Jah Bless
  14. People Get Ready (R.H. Factor Reggae Vocal Mix)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 15, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • ASIN: B000002HP3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,568 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I don't think any of Ziggy's albums quite match up with his first one ("Conscious Party") but this one is probably the 2nd best. There are some really fun songs on here, especially "People Get Ready" "Born To Be Lively" "Brotherly Sisterly Love" and my favorite, "Postman." When I first heard "Postman" I couldn't believe how much Ziggy sounded like his father. After reading the liner notes, it turns out that Steven Marley (not Ziggy) did the lead vocals on that one. "Postman" alone is worth the few dollars I paid for this CD. Although some of the songs on here are pretty lame, the good songs are stellar and make the CD worth having.
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This is definatly Ziggy's best. This disc stays in my changer at all times. Ziggy combines reggae and hip-hop very well on this album. "Postman," "Jah Bless," "Day By Day," and "Notice" are some of the best reggae songs out there. If you like reggae this is a must have!
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The track with Wyclef is a pretty suprisingly good hip-hop track. It kind of has a western flavor to it. People Get Ready is a nice cover. It has the more mellow relaxing version and the upbeat version of the song too. Some of the other songs die down a bit and grow just a little weak. It still would have made their dad proud.
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Another excellent output of the Ziggy Marlery & The Melody Makers. A living and appealing compilation of both the roots sounds and more modern dance-beat. Highly recommended.
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