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  • Audio CD (7 Feb. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0006NCW9S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,946 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Deliver Me From My EnemiesYabby U 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Turn Me LooseMichael Prophet 3:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Free AfricaYabby U 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Whap'n Bap'nI Roy 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Thank You For The Many Things You've DoneCassandra 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Hey Jah ChildrenAswad 5:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Warrior ChargeAswad 4:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Beefy's TuneDennis Bovell 2:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. ManhunterDennis Bovell 4:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. JazterpieceDennis Bovell 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. School SkankingDennis Bovell's Dub Band 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Living In BabylonDennis Bovell 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Runnin' AwayDennis Bovell 2:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Chief InspectorDennis Bovell's Dub Band 2:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. B Flat Reggae ConcertoDennis Bovell's Dub Band 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Jazterpiece (Reggae Version)Dennis Bovell 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Beefy's Tune (Long Version)Dennis Bovell 3:43£0.99  Buy MP3 

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 13 May 2005
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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...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Edwin Plaisted on 20 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
I saw this film as a student in the early 80's on a borrowed video which was very unusual in those days. It is a fantastic story of black youths in London struggling to get on. The one white character is played by Karl Howden(?)who is now reduced to selling Flash on the TV. It has great scenes like trying to seal a record deal with a bag of ganja, the 'this town's never been lovely lady' and when Karl is getting down with the dudes he's told 'Don't talk black.' A fantastic soundtrack. The best reggae soundtrack I've ever heard (including 'The harder they come'). I have yet to see a DVD or even a video of the film but I would love to see this classic movie again. I guess the soundtrack will do for now...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Archie Grimwald on 17 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I own this album on vinyl and the fact that it included the fantastic Aswad when they peeked with the track Warrior Charge should be recommendation enough.Dennis Bovell; the brains behind this album was an unappreciated British reggae genious in the early eighties.His band Matumbi made some memorable tracks with a few chart crossovers (After Tonight etc.) and jhe als produced some memorable dub works as Blackbeard.
Reggae history as shined favourably on this album as it provides a great insight into the cultural blend of Jamaican roots music with the more lighter British 'Lover's' sound which Bovell was a major contributor to.The movie was a stark look into black British youth culture in Thatcher's Britian.I think the soundtrack has stood the test of time slightly better than the movie.
The tracks still sound fresh and this is well worth checking out if you like eighties reggae prior to the invasion of the electronic dance hall sound.The bonus tracks on the extended Cd are also welcome additions.
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By Roobarb on 25 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
A second-hand vinyl copy of this record was gold dust when I first saw the film on television in the mid-eighties. For me, the flavour and essence of the film was caught in Dennis Bovell's superb score, yet when I finally got my hands on a vinyl edition, it left me wanting more. So much from the film never made it on to the soundtrack. This cd edition has re-dressed the balance, adding seven bonus tracks by Bovell, including the full version of the film score's highlight (for me), "Beefy's Tune". A very unique collection of instrumentals, set alongside already established tracks from the golden age of late-seventies reggae. As good as it is, however, you still need the film score's dub versions for the complete picture.
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I'm currently enjoying this album - some tracks are outstanding !
Whether you've seen the movie or not, this is a worthwhile compilation. Obviously, with the added Dennis Bovell tracks, it's like two albums for the price of one.
The only thing missing is the Jah Shaka sound system tracks ! I knew they weren't gonna be on the album... so where are they ?
Also recommend the Movie on Blu ray or dvd !
From heavy Dub, Bubbling Lovers to jazzy Reggae, there's something for everyone.
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If you grew up in South London in the 70's and were into reggae and sound systems you need to see this film. Many of the youthful actors went on to bigger and better things. Brinsley Forde from Aswad, Victor Romero Evans, Trevor Laird, Malcolm Fredrick, Jah Shaka and more. The film is so real its scary. Has anything really changed?
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bought this ages ago as i remember watching the movie in the early 90s and knew just had to have the sound track and have to admit still listen to it.
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