Max Romeo is blessed with one of the great roots voices to come out of the 1970’s
Reggae Music scene. His work with the cream of Jamaica’s producers is testament
to this.

Born Max Smith on the 22nd November 1944, St Ann, Jamaica. His first musical
adventure was part of the vocal trio group The Emotions, alongside Lloyd Shakespeare
and Kenneth Knight. Their first sessions were cut at W.I.R.L. studios in 1967, producing
a hit in the form of ‘[ Buy You ] A Rainbow’. Later to be followed with ‘I Don’t Want to Let You Go’,
‘I Can’t Do No More’ and ‘Rude Boy Confession’. These hits were cut for Blonel Calnek who
ran the Caltone label, then when he moved in 1968 to America, he introduced the group to
his then protege Edward ‘Bunny’ Lee. Max cut some solo tracks with Bunny Lee,
’ Put Me in the Mood’, ‘My One Girl’ and ‘Walk into the Dawn’, which unfortunately were
not commercial succeses. It was around this time Max somewhat reluctantly, voiced a
tune over Derrick Morgan’s ‘Hold You Jack’ rhythm that would become Max’s biggest
hit ‘Wet Dream’. It reached No10 in the British Charts in 1969, and stayed their and
around for 26 weeks. Its possibly lewd message, anchored the singer for sometime.
In many ways this would provide a reference point to people regarding Max’s career.
His output in 1971 would provide the cynics, with classic cuts in his more favoured
roots style. Such hits as ‘The Coming of Jah’, ‘Aily & Ailaloo’ ,’’Beardman Feast’ &
‘Rasta Bandwagon’ were cut for producer Winston ‘Niney' Holness, showing great
promise of things to come.

1972 would see Max’s ‘Let the Power Fall on I’ tune being used by the PNP
[ Peoples National Party ] in their election campaign. In 1975 his self produced
‘Revelation Time’ set was to prove another strong album. His work with producer
Lee Perry would produce strong cuts like ‘Public Enemy No1’ and lead through
to 1975’s ‘local hit ‘Three Blind Mice’, culminating in the mighty 1976 album
‘War Ina Babylon’, One of the best roots albums of the 1970’s.

Max’s relationship with Bunny Lee continued throughout this period , when he was
producing some of his best work. We have unearthed from the master tapes some
classic lost cuts alongside some great unreleased material. Recorded when he was
at the height of his creative powers and when his heavy roots message was at its
most prevalent. Max’s wide and varied career would also see him move to New York
and record material for the Wackies label and where he become involved in the ill fated
musical ‘Reggae’. Before he returned once more to Jamaica.We hope this slice of 1970’s
magic will be put alongside his finest moments as we believe they deserve....

Respect Jah Floyd.


CD Track Listing

1. ETHIOPIAN ANTHEM.
Max works over the classic ‘Arti Bella’ rhythm. Prophesying... ‘Beware what Babylon a sell ya’..
Wise words...
2. DIS DUB NHU FREE.
The first of many fresh rhythms on this set that has not seen the light of day till now...
3. CRAZY WORLD OF DUB.
The ‘Tribal War’ rhythm again leads Max to question a few moral happenings, and never
sounding more relevant, than in todays Political climate.
4. DUB TROUBLE.
Max works over another fresh rhythm adding his vocal reasoning..Trouble Indeed...
5. DUB DOWN ROME.
Biblical references are always at hand to convey a story.Here.. ‘Daniel a mash down Rome’,
The small man rising against the oppressor...

6. DUB FOR MOSES.
This 1974 cut again uses the Bible for lyrical inspiration....
7. DUBBING DANGEROUSLY.
Max works over the classic ‘Steppin Razor’ cut and makes it his own...
8. TAKE DUB SERIOUS.
This Aggrovators rhythm in fine Steppers Style provides the backdrop for the Max Romeo treatment...
9. DUB GANJA.
The Aggrovators again in fine form over which Max speaks out for his rights to be a free ganja
smoking Rastaman...
10. LOVE THY DUB.
More wise words over yet another fresh rhythm, sounding great...
11. THE DUB CLOCK.
Max works over ‘Clock’ rhythm which was also cut by Mr John Holt.
12. DIS YA DUBWISE,KEEP YOU MOVING.
Max’s version of the ‘Keep Moving’ rhythm.This cut has a great dubbed horn line and that
great flying cymbals sound.....
13. CAN’T HIDE FROM DUB.*
The flying cymbals classic mid 1970 sound gets another outing again on this fine Aggrovators rhythm.
14. DUB FOREVER.*
Max chants that ‘music alone shall live’ breathing new life over the ‘legalise it’ rhythm.
Over cuts like these it can’t fail...


•CD Bonus Track


Vinyl Track Listing

Side 1
1. ETHIOPIAN ANTHEM.
2. DIS DUB NHU FREE.
3. CRAZY WORLD OF DUB.
4. DUB TROUBLE.
5. DUB DOWN ROME.
6. DUB FOR MOSES.

Side 2
1. DUBBING DANGEROUSLY.
2. TAKE DUB SERIOUS.
3. DUB GANJA.
4. LOVE THY DUB.
5. THE DUB CLOCK.
6. DIS YA DUBWISE, KEEP YOU MOVING.


Musicians Include:
Carlton ‘Santa Davis: Drums.
Robbie Shakespeare: Bass.
Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith: Lead Guitar.
Tony Chin, Winston ’Bo Beep’: Rhythm Guitar.
Winston Wright: Organ.
Robbie Lynn: Keyboards.
Tommy McCook: Tenor Saxophone.
Bobby Ellis: Trumpet.
Deadly ‘Headley’ Bennett,Vin Gordon: Trombone.

Recorded at Randy’s Studio 17, Harry J’, Channel 1 & Dynamic Studio’s.
Voiced at King Tubby’s.
Produced by: Bunny Lee.
Design by: H. Cassell @ Voodoo London.
Photography: Maverick, Jah Floyd Archive.
Manufactured under Licence from E. Lee.
Made in the U.K.