Franco Rosso's 1980 film 'Babylon' is not a film I'm familiar with - it appears to be a 'Black'-equivalent of films like 'Meantime' & 'Made in Britain' - & is something that I'd like to see. Perhaps a DVD might turn up?
Over the years, 'Babylon- The Original Soundtrack' has gathered something a cult reputation and is often cited as a classic reggae-collection. This mid-price reissue is as great as recent compilations and reissues of this genre, from Lee Perry's 'Dub-Triptych' to the Don Letts' compilations on Trojan (or the wider set of Trojan-compilations that are fantastic). Clearly reggae has a vast audience, who I'm sure would love this 10-track soundtrack, which now comes with 7-bonus-tracks. 'Babylon' is a budget-price classic, tremendous value, & one of the great soundtracks (perhaps to the 1980s what 'The Harder They Come' was to the 1970s? Or perhaps a reggae-'Superfly'?).
The soundtrack includes tracks from I-Roy, Yabby U, Michael Prophet, Cassandra and Aswad - the latter in their brilliant earlier incarnation, closer to peers like Steel Pulse than the poppy-UB40esque sound that made them very popular in the late 1980s.
The majority of the tracks here come from Dennis Bovell and his Dub Band - Bovell famously the producer of such key records of the time as 'Cut' by The Slits, 'Y' by The Pop Group (also creating the excellent '3.38'-track for them- which messed with 'She is Beyond Good & Evil'), several albums by Linton Kwesi Johnson, several records by Orange Juice & his own 'Strictly Dubwise' recorded under the name Blackbeard. Bovell is now viewed - in a book such as 'Rip It Up and Start Again' - as a forward-thinking dub-reggaue producer and the tracks here confirm that. Highlights include 'Jazterpiece' (here in two-versions), 'School Skanking', 'Living in Babylon' & 'Beefy's Tune' (again in two-versions). 'Babylon' is an essential purchase and evidence that British-musicians could easily match their brilliant Jamacian-influences...