Had fun in the sun yesterday while listening to this; so thought I'd share it.
Probably The Originator's most accessable album, leaning as much towards rock steady as it does roots music; but U Roy's take on rock steady is by no means conventional.
With his trademark yelps and hollers, an unpredictable tourettic edge was brought to the somewhat narrow genre, brightening it up no end.
The skanking opener to this album really sets the mood, as 'Runaway Girl' is probably one of the most danceable songs ever recorded.
But the real highlight of the album comes from the second track: 'Chalice in the Palace', a wonderful piece of audacity from U Roy, toasting his thoughts on how he'd like to have a smoke with the queen of England:
'Ya Majesty, I really wanna have a toke with you.'
Not too sure how Prince Philip would feel about that...
U Roy - Dread in a Babylon (1975)
Chalice in the Palace
I Can't Love Another
The Great Psalms
Natty Don't Fear
Listen to the Teacher
Trench town Rock
CD rip to mp3s
Blehhh along with The Originator here