Max Romeo’s “Horror Zone” Album Soon will soon be released on the Nu-Roots Label.
Max Romeo (born Maxwell Livingston Smith, 22 November 1944) has teamed up with UK based, Grammy Nominated Producer Daniel Boyle; to create a stunning return to form, Roots Reggae album with accompanying Dub versions.
Max is noted for his critically acclaimed work with Lee Scratch Perry in the 1970’s, and for his timeless classic songs penned over the last 50 years – Such as ‘War ina Babylon’ ‘Melt away’ ‘one step forward’ and the worlds most sampled reggae song ever -‘Chase the Devil’. Picked up by artists such Jay Z, Kanye West, The Prodigy and Blockbuster hit movies.
Max and Daniel have teamed up with an all-star cast of musicians to create a true Part 2, to Max’s legendary; ‘’War Ina Babylon’’ album. Using strictly Studio equipment ranging from between the 1950’s – 1970’s, recorded and mixed in 100% analogue format, and presented with stunning artwork in Physical format.
Among the line-up of 12 musicians there are:
Glen Da Costa (Bob Marley and the Wailers / Black Ark Upsetters) on Saxophone.
Vin Gordon (Studio One / Black Ark Upsetters ) on Trombone
Robbie Lyn (Black Ark Upsetters) on Keys
Dorit Chrystler (Marilyn Manson, The Strokes, Dinosaur jr) On Theremin
Lee Scratch Perry – backing vocals, percussion and effects
Hornsman Coyote – (Back on the controls) On Trombone
Hughie Issachar – (Back on the Controls) Bass / Guitar
Puraman – (Lost Ark Music) Drums
Both LP & CD packaging contain x2 discs, one for vocals and one for the dub versions
THE SOUND OF WAR
WHAT IS LIFE?
WOI WOI RETURNS
GIVE THANKS TO JEHOVAH
FED UP TO MY DUB
WHAT IF VERSION (Feat Lee Scratch Perry)
THE SOUND OF DUB
WHAT IS DUB?
WOI DUB RETURN (Feat Lee Scratch Perry)
GIVE THANKS VERSION (Feat Lee Scratch Perry)
And to compliment the music, the team had some stunning original artwork hand painted for the project by the legendary Tony Wright. Tony was responsible for hand painting Max Romeo’s’ War Ina Babylon’ album artwork, Lee Perry’s seminal Dub album ‘Super Ape’, Bob Marley’s Natty Dread, I jahman Levi’s ‘Hail him’, Junior Murvin’s Black Ark album ‘Police and Thieves’, The B’3’s Iconic cover, and many, many more. Tony is widely recognised as one the worlds foremost cover designers, and he has come out of semi-retirement, to hand paint the whole cover art for the project in oil’s; in keeping with the original production quality and ethos of the project.
This album is designed to be owned as a physical product, the stunning art, from Tony Wright, presented on beautiful reverse textured board cases for both LP 7 CD, with another fantastic interactive collage inside the gatefold (As seen on the Grammy hit also produced by Daniel Boyle, ‘’Back on the Controls’). And featuring a stroboscopic image around the record label.
The whole release will be backed up by a US & European tour of the album by Max Romeo and his Charmax backing Band.
Following the success of Daniel Boyle’s Grammy Nominated album he produced, in the same vain for Lee Scratch Perry, this release has been taken to the next level; and looks promising to be a global hit, and true return to form for Max Romeo.
Prior to the release, n collaboration with Record Store day, a 12” vinyl from the album will be released. This will be a song from the album its corresponding dub version, a new Lee Perry vocal on the same Rhythm, and an extra horns cut / dub version.