Chant Down Babylon is one of my favorite Bob Marley albums due to it’s integration with modern day Hip Hop. On this version of “Roots, Rock, Reggae” it features Steven Tyler, singing a duet with & Bob Marley, and Joe Perry on guitar. Steven’s parts were recorded in Joe Perry’s studio [the Boneyard] in Mid-January of 1999.
Steven Tyler: “When we heard that Stephen (Marley) was doing this album it was like I couldn’t have asked, of all the songs on it, which song we would like to mess around with and it was thank you lord! One more gift, one more day of rock!“
Julian Marley: “The rock and reggae have a relationship which is rebellious. The rebellious side. And, as you can hear in “Roots, Rock, Reggae.” That rock guitar surely goes with it. You know what I mean?“
Joe Perry: “I looked at it more like jamming with them, you know? We had gotten up on stage with them at some point in the seventies. It’s probably what it sounded like if the tape was rolling.“
Steven Tyler: “Bob (Marley) will always be here because of his music. He will always be here because of the freedom that his music has given people. And, he will always be in the room, especially when somebody get the rare chance to sing with him on a track and have them bring in, take the tracks out. I close my eyes and he’s here.“
“Roots, Rock, Reggae” was originally released on Bob Marley & The Wailers 1976 breakthrough album, “Rastaman Vibration.”