Buy used:
£18.88
+ £1.26 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by France CDs
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Fast international shipping. We ship from the North of France.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Open The Iron Gate 1973-1977 Extra tracks

5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

Available from these sellers.
2 new from £95.76 10 used from £18.88

Amazon's Max Romeo Store


Special Offers and Product Promotions


Product details

  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Blood & Fire
  • ASIN: B00000J276
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,288 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Every Man Ought To Know
  2. Revelation Time/Hammer And Sickle
  3. No Peace
  4. Tacko
  5. Blood Of The Prophet (Parts 1 & 2)
  6. Warning Warning/Version
  7. A Quarter Pound Of I'cense
  8. Three Blind Mice
  9. Open The Iron Gate (Parts 1 & 2)
  10. Valley Of Jehosaphat/Version
  11. Fire Fe The Vatican
  12. Melt Away (12in Version)

Product Description

I will ship by EMS or SAL items in stock in Japan. It is approximately 7-14days on delivery date. You wholeheartedly support customers as satisfactory. Thank you for you seeing it.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
3
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 3 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD
The exceptional Blood & fire once again come up trumps with a genuine roots classic from the much underated Max Romeo. Recorded and produced mainly at Lee Perrys Black Ark studio in 1975, the rhythms are crisp & heavy and would be a precursor to Max's 1976 classic 'War inna babylon'. The vibe is smokey & the themes all seem to flow perfectly from track to track , but the stand out track has to be 'Warning warning' and it's accompanying dub version. For me this is one of Blood and fire's most outstanding releases, which when you look at their back catalogue, is saying something.
Comment 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By A Customer on 29 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Earthier than 'War Ina Babylon' by virtue of escaping the Island Records' mastering/production gloss, Max Romeo's 'Revelation Time' (upon which this release is based) is a bonafide classic! The playing, production, songwritng and vocalising are top ranking! The Rasta/Socialist sentiment that ties the album together will touch any being born of this planet.
This record speaks about love, unity, equality and the struggle to achieve them... I can't think of a better subject for any music.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
This is a stunning collection of deep, catchy, warm, conscious Reggae! Although Max Romeo is probably best known for the excellent Lee Perry-produced album 'War Ina Babylon' I think 'Open the Iron Gate' is an even stronger collection. It is made up of Max's 1975 'Revelation Time' album as well as various tracks from the period.
All the tracks are killer and the booklet contains a good text on Max Romeo and some very nice photographs.
Yet another great release from the Blood & Fire label, highly recommended listening for all you reggae lovers.
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c63fb34) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b7f84c8) out of 5 stars a revolutionary album 30 Nov. 1999
By Herkma - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Comprised mostly of songs from Max Romeo's brilliant album, 'Revolution Time', this excellent reissue from Blood & Fire has quickly found itself as one of my all-time favorite CDs. The majority of its songs were recorded at Lee Scratch Perry's Black Ark, a sure-fire guarentee for high end dub. While most of Max's classic songs from War Ina Babylon will create instant smiles on your face, the songs off this CD take longer, but go far deeper. If I had no control over myself, I'd just listen to it over and over again. As a bonus, the reissue is very nicely presented, both with high quality sound and with extensive liner notes. Don't wait to finish this review, do yourself a favor and add an amazing CD to your collection.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d0b2ac8) out of 5 stars Top Ranking Romeo!!! 14 Oct. 2003
By c_m - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is an absolutely stunning collection of deep, catchy, warm, political, deadly dread Reggae! Although Max Romeo is best known for his excellent album 'War Ina Babylon' (produced & co-written by the great Lee Perry) I think 'Open the Iron Gate' to be his best! (By the way, talking about Lee Perry: "Three Blind Mice" is an Upsetter track from 1974 and the corrosive "Fire Fe De Vatican" was recorded at the Black Ark).
In fact 'Open The Iron Gate' is made up of Max's 1975 'Revelation Time' album as well as various tracks from the period.
All the tracks are heavy killers and the booklet contains a good text on Max Romeo and some very nice pictures!
I think you really need this album, there's no way out!!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c44e7e0) out of 5 stars Some of the best roots reggae ever committed to vinyl 4 Nov. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As far as some people are concerned, Blood and Fire can do no wrong. Much as I admire their re-issue programme myself, I don't feel that every single release is necessarily a must-own CD. However, Max Romeo's Open The Iron Gate is most assuredly one such release. This is arguably Max Romeo's finest hour, even though many classics such as War Inna Babylon, Chase The Devil and One Step Forward are to be found on the earlier War Inna Babylon LP -- nearly every track is a gem. Socialism, class struggles and the great divide between the rich and the poor are all major themes, explored with great flair and lucidity on tracks such as No Peace, Warning Warning and Revelation Time. War Inna Babylon, Romeo's signature track, is recast as the incendiary Fire Fe The Vatican, a scathing denunciation of the Catholic church. Other highlights include the palpable pathos of A Quarter Pound Of I'cense, the brilliant Three Blind Mice, whose Trenchtown Rock-style celebration of dance culture seems to have only grown more poignant with the passage of time, and the impassionate appeal of the title track. Needless to say, the Lee 'Scratch' Perry-influenced production (although only Romeo himself is credited on this release) is first-rate throughout; also, some (but sadly not all) tracks come with dub versions mixed in. I would have preferred separate tracks for the dubs, but they are excellent otherwise. All in all, an impeccable roots reggae record.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c646828) out of 5 stars Soulful Reggae Minimalism 21 Mar. 2004
By Nathaniel C. Moffat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Max Romeo's less-is-more ethos is evident with spare arrangements that perfectly showcase his soulful, Heptone-esque voice.

Like an artist who uses empty canvas to good effect, Romeo uses the silence between notes to evoke both outer-space alienation and the warm ambiance (think "Us and Them" by Pink Floyd or "Another Green World" by Brian Eno). It's no easy trick.

If you haven't heard of Max Romeo before, you may be surprised to find how close he comes to achieving transcendant greatness on a couple of tracks. On "Warning Warning" he goes into a zone, while "Every Man ought to Know" has unforgettably great backing vocals.

On the minus side of the ledger, the lyrics are cartoonishly Marxist (smiting Babylon with hammers, sickles, and whatnot), but Romeo comes across as more of an earnest naif than as a danger to an island economy.

This wildly underappreciated album belongs in any reggae collection that goes beyond 10 CDs. Even if you don't agree that it is great, it can't be argued that this doesn't stand up well to repeated listens. I must have listened to this disc twenty times in recent months, which outside of, say, Blackmarket Clash just doesn't happen on my CD player.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c628258) out of 5 stars Good but not Great 26 Aug. 2008
By E. K. Arnold - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Open the Iron Gate aka Revolution Time was recorded after Max Romeo left Lee "Scratch" Perry's stable. Though Scratch's influence persists, it's a notch or two below War Ina Babylon and not nearly as accessible. The biggest drawback to this otherwise fine album is that the lyrics are quite dated. Romeo was enlisted as a mouthpiece by Michael Manley's PNP party, which promised socialism and change for the poor, yet failed to deliver once elected. If you can get past the Rasta communist maxims, there's a great roots album in here, with stellar riddims and groovy, dub-inflected production. My personal favorite is a "1/4 lb of I'shen" which can hold its own with any roots song from the same period. But if you want Romeo's hits, you're better off with War Ina Babylon or his Ultimate Collection. And while Open the Iron Gate isn't far off the mark, there are better Blood + Fire releases out there.
Were these reviews helpful? Let us know


Customer Discussions



Look for similar items by category


Feedback