Chant Down Babylon CD (1999)

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Label Uni/island
SKU 60369078
UPC 731454640428
UPC 14 00731454640428
Format CD
Release Date 11/16/1999
Author Bob Marley & Wailers
Associated Artist/Work Cliff, Jimmy
Associated Artist/Work Hunter, Charlie
Associated Artist/Work Hunter, Charlie (Guitar)
Associated Artist/Work Perry, Lee
Associated Artist/Work Rockabye Baby!
Associated Artist/Work Tosh, Peter
Associated Artist/Work Wailer, Bunny
Associated Artist/Work Wailers (The)
Associated Artist/Work Withers, Bill
Technical Info
CatalogID 5464042
Lable Name Island (Label)
Released 11/15/1999
Original Release 1999
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 51m : 38s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731454640428
Musical Guests
Erykah Badu
Busta Rhymes
Lauryn Hill
MC Lyte
Steven Tyler
Joe Perry
Chuck D
The Roots
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Bob Marley, Erykah Badu, Guru, Rakim, Krayzie Bone, Busta Rhymes, Flipmode Squad, Lauryn Hill, Lost Boyz, Mr. Cheeks, MC Lyte, The Marley Brothers, The Ghetto Youths Crew, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Chuck D, The Roots, Black Thought.
Producers: The Marley Boyz, Stephen Marley, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry.
Engineers include: Bomzai Caruso, Error Brown, Comissioner Gordon.
Includes liner notes by Harry Allen.
Audio Mixer: Comissioner Gordon.
Recording information: Quad Recording Studio, NY.
Photographers: Lynn Goldsmith; Adrian Boot.
CHANT DOWN BABYLON, which pairs Bob Marley's music with performances from a select group of urban pop stars, is strong enough to quell even the most skeptic Marley aficionado. Stephen Marley brought heavyweights from the worlds of hip-hop and R&B for this project, all of whom seem very familiar with Marley's work and bring a level of earnestness to the proceedings that demonstrate their reverence for the reggae great.
Krayzie Bone offers a rendition of "Rebel Music" that is one of the album's high points, while Erykah Badu oozes fiery soul over "No More Trouble" as through she were standing right next to Bob in the studio. Other standouts include Aeorsmith's appearance on "Roots Rock Reggae" and Rakim's addition to "Concrete Jungle." The excellent CHANT DOWN BABYLON functions like a rare glimpse of what Marley's music may have been like if he were recording today.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (12/9/99, p.76) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...a giant piety party with reggae's most hallowed saint as the guest of honor....It introduces a young audience to a deserving icon and makes a pointed political connection between present-day America and Marley's Jamaican slums..."
Entertainment Weekly (11/26/99, p.99) - "...There's a reggae tradition of rapping over remixes of others' records, so this actually makes sense..." - Rating: B
Q (1/00, p.116) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...when it works, it's startling. Lauryn Hill is stunning on 'Turn Your Light Down Low'....Busta Rhymes & Flipmode Squad are scarily effective on 'Rastaman Chant' and Erykah Badu takes 'No More Trouble' to all sorts of places....a fine record..."
CMJ (12/13/99, p.29) - "...posthumously fulfills Marley's longtime wish to reach out to African-American audiences..."
The Source (11/99, p.236) - "...Respecting the integrity of Bob Marley's legacy, while making his music available to a contemporary audience, CHANT DOWN is truly a dream come true."
Disc 1
1 No More Trouble - (with Erykah Badu)
2 Rebel Music - (with Krayzie Bone)
3 Johnny Was - (with Guru)
4 Concrete Jungle - (with Rakim)
5 Rastaman Chant - (with Busta Rhymes/Flipmode Squad)
6 Guiltiness - (with Lost Boyz/Mr. Cheeks)
7 Turn Your Lights Down Low - (with Lauryn Hill)
8 Jammin' - (with MC Lyte)
9 Kinky Reggae - (with The Marley Brothers/The Ghetto Youths Crew)
10 Roots, Rock, Reggae - (with Steven Tyler/Joe Perry)
11 Survival a.k.a. Black Survivors - (with Chuck D)
12 Burnin' And Lootin' - (with The Roots/Black Thought)

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