Friday, August 7, 2015

Martha Velez 1976 Escape From Babylon

Genre: Reggae
Rate: 198 kbps VBR / 44100
Time: 00:31:44
Size: 47,99 MB

United States

Martha Velez is an American actress and singer of Puerto Rican descent, probably best known for her performance in the Broadway musical “Hair”. In May 1975 she traveled to Jamaica for three weeks to record with reggae star Bob Marley. She is the only American artist for whom Marley functioned as musical producer – the results were the album Escape From Babylon. The association occured through producer Craig Leon who asked Marley about doing the music with her. Marley listened to her composition, “Living Outside the Law” from her 1972 album, Hypnotized, on the strength of having a philosophical kinship with her along with her extraordinary voice. Marley’s very positive response took them into the studio with his earlier producer Lee “Scratch” Perry to work on producing Veléz’s album Escape From Babylon in 1976.The album featured two Marley covers (“Bend Down Low”, “Get Up, Stand Up“) and a Veléz-Marley composition “Disco Night”. The songwriting credits are given to Rita Marley because of Marley’s dispute with his publishers at the time.

After her three-week stay in Jamaica, Velez returned to the U.S. to finish the album and tour. The Jamaica Gleaner reports that Bob Marley performed with her on several occasions in upstate New York. (


01 - Money Man 04:50

02 - There You Are 03:39

03 - Wildbird 05:23

04 - Disco Night 02:42

05 - Bend Down Low 03:35

06 - Happiness 03:01

07 - Come On In 05:05

08 - Get Up Stand Up 03:29

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