Max Romeo - Wha Yu Ago Till Jah Seh





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Published on Nov 9, 2011

Perilous Times (1974-1999) (Mediacom, 2001)

This album contains previously unreleased songs of Max Romeo. It includes some Lee Perry-produces songs from the 1970s, recorded at Black Ark, with some known riddims, but also 7 later songs: from 1980 to 1990 to the late 1990s. As can maybe be expected, the 1970s songs are in line with other of Romeo's works from that time. The first 3 songs, however, reminded me more of the Open The Iron Gate album than of War Ina Babylon (despite Perry). These 3 songs are good, albeit a bit sober in comparison to his works on these 2 albums. The same can be said of the in itself fine "City Without Pity." Late-'90s songs like "Perilous Times" and "Marching" have a quite different feel, including a digital-like, dancehall-like riddim, which requires some adjustment. These 2 songs are fairly enjoyable, though maybe not the best reggae songs ever made. Romeo also seems adept in love songs with the nice, lyrically inventive (though not so much musically with its digital-like, generic riddim) "Hurting End." "I Wanna Be There" is catchy, while "Somebody Saddling Your Horse" and, to a lesser degree (because a bit better), "Marching" are musically maybe the lesser of the lot. Overall solid, though mostly not spectacular. Lyrically it's an interesting mix of social, Rastafarian, and personal themes, and musically it's also varied, from a clear '70s roots reggae sound to more modern digital inclinations.


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