Fallen Is Babylon

Fallen Is Babylon

by Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers


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Fallen Is Babylon

Throughout the 1990s, Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers had seen their stature diminish from the heady heights of the previous decade. However, even as record sales abated, the group continued releasing exciting and adventurous albums. Their patience was finally rewarded when Fallen Is Babylon was honored with a Grammy. With the songwriting split among Ziggy, Stephen, and brother David, the album is surprisingly diverse, even by the Melody Makers' usual standards. Swinging from a retro '60s sound to dancehall and from R&B to rootsy reggae, and shifting across a myriad of moods and themes, the quartet members prove themselves to be masters of all genres. The majority of the album is self-produced, and the whole set boasts a clean sound that perfectly balances the vocals, instruments, and beats. Cowboy goes hip-hop on one of the most original numbers, "Everyone Wants to Be," which works in snatches of "The Good, the Bad & the Ugly" and a powerful rap from guest star Wyclef Jean. The title track is a sleekly smooth and soulful R&B number, while Stephen and guesting brother Damian toast their way through the dancehall-laced "Day by Day." Among many more highlights is a phenomenal reggae-fied cover of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready." A masterful album from a group whose sound is forever evolving and maturing.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/15/1997
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075596203227
catalogNumber: 62032

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Performance Credits

Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Jah Lloyd   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Aston Barrett   Bass
Chico Chin   Horn
Ian Coleman   Guitar
Dean Fraser   Horn
Everod Gayle   Horn
Zeleke Gessessee   Bass
Ziggy Marley   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Sharon Marley   Vocal Harmony
Stephen Marley   Guitar,Drums,DJ
Carrol McLaughlin   Keyboards
Christopher Meredith   Bass
Erica Newell   Vocal Harmony
Mallory Williams   Keyboards
Glen Brownie   Bass,Drums
Damian "Junior Gong" Marley   Drums,DJ
Wyclef Jean   Rap
Jonathan Quarmby   Drums,Keyboards,Loops
Cedella Marley   Vocal Harmony
Danno Saratak   Drums
Kevin Bacon   Bass,Keyboards,Loops
Wilburn "Squiddley" Cole   Drums

Technical Credits

Michael Barbiero   Producer,Engineer
Errol Brown   Engineer
Grub Cooper   Harmonic Arrangement
Wayne Hammond   Harmonic Arrangement
Steve Thompson   Producer
Mikey Bennett   Harmonic Arrangement
Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers   Producer
Jonathan Quarmby   Producer,Engineer
Kevin Bacon   Producer,Engineer

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