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Misty In Roots “Bail Out” 12″ Vinyl (People Unite)

What a perfect tune to play today as the vampire leaves the Vatican, fat from sucking the blood of the children.  At the same time, here in the U.S., the politrixters prepare to place a Band-Aid on the gaping, infected wound that is the failing U.S. economy.  Shame on all of these godless politrixters, from the head down in this Babylon town.  Babylon is falling, and we get to witness it first-hand.

“Bail out, bail out, bail out
Babylon’s sinking…”


“Bail Out” is the stunning opener to Misty In Roots’ ‘Wise and Foolish’ LP, an album which plays in my head constantly.  Formed in Southall in 1974, the band’s debut album ‘Live at the Counter Eurovision’ (1979) remains the benchmark against which British reggae is judged and is generally held as on of the very best live reggae albums of all time.

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Misty in Roots are a British roots reggae band formed in Southall, London in the mid 1970s. Their first album was 1979’s Live at the Counter Eurovision, a record full of Rastafarian songs. It was championed by BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, helping to bring roots reggae to a white audience. At this early stage, the band was a collective with five lead singers and various musicians, though by the time of the second album proper the band had slimmed down to just three members. Along with Steel Pulse, Aswad, Matumbi, Cimarons and Black Slate, Misty in Roots were one of the most popular English reggae bands of the late 1970s.

Following their debut, Misty In Roots released four studio albums through the 1980s. The band had two BBC Radio 2 “In Concert” appearances in 1983 and 1985. They were invited to play in Zimbabwe in 1982 in recognition of their support for the independence movement, and were the first reggae band to tour South Africa, Poland, and Russia. After a break from recording in the next decade the band returned with a new mini-album Roots Controller in 2002. and continue to play concerts as of 2014.

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