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on 8 September 2007
Fantastic. This is all I played for a year straight. Political - intense - passionate - heavy, and couldn't have been more appropriate in the context of our modern day world filled with uncertainty and war. The band is sooooo good, that no matter where scratch's mind is, it is somehow ok. The sound is crisp and richly layered as in "Greetings" and the potent groove of "Purity Rock"... the caucophany of "Panic" on the bonus CD is dark - deep - and mezmerizingly apocalyptic. The voice of magical humour for global humanity.

For a nice live complement to this CD, I also recommend Alive More Than Ever... which is also fantasticly infectious.
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on 24 November 2006
I go through spates of buying music looking for something new. Having some old Lee Perry albums, and liked but never really rated them. I tagged this on the end of an order on the basis of the George Clinton remix, but had low expectations. I am blown away - this is a musically excellent and coherent album. The variety is stunning, yet album fits together without a weak track. Although the reggae/dub heritage is there, even those whom dislike reggae will find this a joyful experience. Sure the lyrics are eccentric, but there's an intelligence to them and I can't give you enough encouragement to Add to Shopping Basket.
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on 8 September 2007
Fantastic. This is all I played for a year straight. Political - intense - passionate - heavy and couldn't have been more appropriate in the context of our modern day world filled with uncertainty and war. The band is sooooo good, that no matter where scratch's mind is, it is somehow ok. The sound is crisp and richly layered "Greetings" and the potent groove of "Purity Rock"... the caucophany of "Panic" on the bonus CD is dark - deep - and mezmerizingly apocalyptic.

For a nice live complement to this CD, I also recommend Alive More Than Ever... which is also fantasticly infectious.
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on 24 November 2006
I am blown away - this is a musically excellent and coherent album. The variety is stunning, yet album fits together without a weak track. Although the reggae/dub heritage is there, even those whom dislike reggae will find this a joyful experience. Sure the lyrics are eccentric, but there's an intelligence to them and I can't give you enough encouragement to Add to Shopping Basket. The newer edition has a three track bonus disk with remixes which is worthwhile, but the truly excellent music is here.
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on 27 September 2008
PANIC IN BABYLON, Got to be the best LSP album ever! if you looking for that far out outerspace then find it with this heavenly stoned album!! absolutely beautiful tracks, made by a CLEVER man!
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on 23 April 2007
This is a bit more uptempo than the other Lee Perry records I own. It was not produced by the man himself, probably because he has finally gone completely bonkers and is unable to do the serious side of the work (I base this assumption on hearing the lyrics on this album, and on seeing him a couple of years ago where I decided he was either totally insane or pretending to be. I suspect it's a bit of both).

Anyway, I digress. This album is now my favourite reggae/dub album of all time, and it is currently my favourite CD. The production is very slick, quite poptastic, but it has loads of the usual crazy delay effects that you expect from dub. It also has some modern touches, e.g. putting Lee's voice through a 'Cher' style vocoder.

The lyrics are hilarious and brilliant. The tunes are amazing (quality live playing as well as production). I can't recommend this highly enough.

My only criticism is their choice of the 1st song on the CD. Probably selected because it's the most up-tempo, but it is far from the best, so seems a strange way to kick off the CD.

If you're a fan of classic Lee Perry, you'll love this, and if you're not, it's not a bad place to start listening to the original reggae loon...
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on 14 February 2015
you can not beat a bit of scratch Lee Perry & this one is ace
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