Earl Sixteen

Babylon Walls

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You don't often hear the slashing protest tunes, fervent praise hymns, or anthemic, soulful love songs that characterized the majority of pre-dancehall reggae. That's what makes Earl Sixteen's Babylon Walls so enjoyable. Although the production and backing are contemporary, he sings with warmth and quality about the virtues of being a Rastaman, emphasizes truth and rights rather than all-night lovemaking, and includes a pair of sizzling, appealing love songs (one a fine cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Woman Got Soul") rather than highly suggestive, vulgar come-ons. Due to Ras' refusal to put exact recording dates on the material they lease from Ariwa, the recording date of this one is unclear.

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