Bob Marley And The Wailers – Exodus (1977)

FrontCover1Exodus is the ninth studio album by Jamaican reggae recording band Bob Marley and the Wailers, first released 3 June 1977 through Island Records. With the other original members leaving the group, Marley recruited a new backing band. Their first major success was Rastaman Vibration (1976). On 3 December 1976, an assassination attempt was made on Bob Marley’s life in which his chest was grazed and his arm was struck, but he survived. Following the assassination attempt Marley left Jamaica and was exiled to London where Exodus was recorded.[2]Exodus is the ninth studio album by Jamaican reggae recording band Bob Marley and the Wailers, first released 3 June 1977 through Island Records. With the other original members leaving the group, Marley recruited a new backing band. Their first major success was Rastaman Vibration (1976). On 3 December 1976, an assassination attempt was made on Bob Marley’s life in which his chest was grazed and his arm was struck, but he survived. Following the assassination attempt Marley left Jamaica and was exiled to London where Exodus was recorded.

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Exodus is a reggae album, incorporating elements of blues, soul, British rock and funk. The album’s production has been characterized as laid-back with pulsating bass beats and an emphasis on piano, trumpet and guitar. Unlike previous albums from the Wailers, Exodus thematically moves away from cryptic story-telling; instead it revolves around themes of change, religious politics, and sex. The album is split into two halves: the first half revolves around religious politics while the second half is focused on themes of sex and keeping faith.

The album was a success both critically and commercially; it received gold certifications in the US, UK and Canada, and was the album that propelled Marley to international stardom. In 2017 Exodus was remastered and re-released for its 40th anniversary. Exodus has more tracks on Marley’s greatest hits album, Legend—the highest selling reggae album of all time—than any of his other records.

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In 1974, the Wailers disbanded with each of the three main members pursuing solo careers. Despite the break-up, Marley continued recording as “Bob Marley & The Wailers”. His new backing band included brothers Carlton and Aston “Family Man” Barrett on drums and bass respectively, Al Anderson and Junior Marvin on lead guitar, Tyrone Downie and Earl “Wya” Lindo on keyboards, and Alvin “Seeco” Patterson on percussion. The “I Threes”, consisting of Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths, and Marley’s wife, Rita, provided backing vocals. In 1975, Marley had his international breakthrough with his first hit outside Jamaica, “No Woman, No Cry”, from the Natty Dread album. This was followed by his breakthrough album in the United States, Rastaman Vibration (1976), which became the 48th best-selling album on the Billboard Soul Charts in 1978.

In December 1976, Jamaica was going through elections, generating substantial political discourse. In his campaign, Prime Minister Michael Manley used the campaign slogan “We know where we’re going.” In response Marley wrote “Exodus”, which is the title track of the album. The song became a No. 1 hit in Jamaica as well as the United Kingdom and Germany.

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Cam described the album’s musical style as being “different,” noting that Marley’s style of reggae was not what was prominent in Jamaica during the time, and that the album’s music sounds unlike any reggae that came before its release.[6] Emeritus continued to describe the album’s sound as being rooted in the blues and soul, with elements of British Rock with a reggae “façade thrown on top” however Emeritus praised this saying “if Exodus was straight reggae, it probably wouldn’t be as good as it is.”
Exodus contains elements of pulsating bass beats, pianos and funk along with a “liquid-y bass,” drumming and guitars with the inclusion of trumpets in the title track. Unlike previous albums Exodus lyrical content moves away from cryptic story-telling and instead is clearer and more straight forward, the lyrics touch upon themes of change, religious politics and sex. Vocally, Marley provides a minimalist approach, trying not to reach his falsettos.

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The album’s track listing is split over two halves, the first half features songs of religious politics and opens with Natural Mystic which is a slow tempo “fade up” song, followed by “So Much Things To Say” which was described by the BBC as being “exuberant” and features a reggae-scat. The following two songs Guiltiness and The Heathen explore darker territory, before ending on the album’s title track. The second half of the album features songs revolving around sex and keeping faith.
“Jamming”, “Waiting in Vain”, “One Love/People Get Ready”, and “Three Little Birds” were all major international hits. Exodus peaked at number 20 on the Billboard 200 and at number 15 on the Black Albums chart, as well as remaining in the UK charts for 56 consecutive weeks, where it peaked at number 8.

In 1999, Time magazine named Exodus the best album of the 20th century. In 2001, the TV network VH1 named it the 26th greatest album of all time. In 2003, the album was ranked number 169 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. (by wikipedia)

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After the success of 1974’s Natty Dread and 1976’s Rastaman Vibration, Bob Marley was not only the most successful reggae musician in the world, he was one of the most powerful men in Jamaica. Powerful enough, in fact, that he was shot by gunmen who broke into his home in December 1976, days before he was to play a massive free concert intended to ease tensions days before a contentious election for Jamaican Prime Minister. In the wake of the assassination attempt, Marley and his band left Jamaica and settled in London for two years, where he recorded 1977’s Exodus. Thematically, Exodus represented a subtle but significant shift for Marley; while he continued to speak out against political corruption and for freedom and equality for Third World people, his lyrics dealt less with specifics and more with generalities and the need for peace and love (though “So Much Things to Say,” “Guiltiness,” and “The Heathen” demonstrate the bullets had taken only so much sting out of Marley’s lyrics).

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And while songs like “Exodus” and “One Love/People Get Ready” were anthemic, they also had less to say than the more pointed material from Marley’s earlier albums. However, if Marley had become more wary in his point of view (and not without good cause), his skill as a songwriter was as strong as ever, and Exodus boasted more than a few classics, including the title song, “Three Little Birds,” “Waiting in Vain,” and “Turn Your Lights Down Low,” tunes that defined Marley’s gift for sounding laid-back and incisive at once. His gifts as a vocalist were near their peak on these sessions, bringing a broad range of emotional color to his performances, and this lineup of the Wailers — anchored by bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett, drummer Carlton Barrett, and guitarist Julian “Junior” Murvin — is superb, effortlessly in the pocket throughout. Exodus was recorded at a time when Bob Marley was learning about the unexpected costs of international stardom, but it hadn’t yet sapped his creative strengths, and this is one of the finest albums in his stellar catalog. (by Mark Deming)

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Personnel:
Aston “Family Man” Barrett (bass, guitar, percussion)
Carlton Barrett (drums, percussion)
Tyrone Downie (keyboards, percussion, background vocals)
Bob Marley (vocals, guitar, percussion)
Julian (Junior) Marvin (guitar)
Alvin “Seeco” Patterson (percussion)
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I Threes:
Marcia Griffiths (background vocals)
Rita Marley (background vocals)
Judy Mowatt (background vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Natural Mystic 3.27
02. So Much Things To Say 3.08
03. Guiltiness 3:19
04. The Heathen 2.32
05. Exodus 7.35
06. Jamming 3.31
07. Waiting in Vain 4.16
08. Turn Your Lights Down Low   3:39
09. Three Little Birds 3.00
10. One Love/People Get Ready  2.51

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David Lindley – Live At The Bottom Line, New York (1981)

FrontCover1 David Lindley (born March 21, 1944) started his career with the psychedelic band Kaleidoscope in 1966 until 1970. Later he worked as a session musician with artists like Warren Zevon, Jackson Browne (performing a vocal on his song “Stay”), Dolly Parton, and David Crosby. His own band, El Rayo-X, released three albums in 1981-83 (the self-titled debut included “Mercury Blues”), and has released 22 albums as a solo act and appeared on 20 albums for other artists, including Browne’s 2010 release Love Is Strange, and Lindley joined Browne on tour in June 2010. His most recent collaboration was with Rickie Lee Jones in 2012.

David Lindley had released his debut solo album, El Rayo-X, in April 1981.

DavidLindleyThere was an older version in trading circles from an unknown gen and slightly shorter in length. This new posting is a total upgrade, with a known gen and complete. The tape flip was during crowd cheer, which I seamlessly pieced back together. No cuts in this recording. David dedicates ‘Brother John’ to John Lennon [Lennon was shot dead on December 8, 1980]. During the encore, David brings out his friend Jackson Browne. It’s a nice bonus.

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Ras Baboo (percussion, background vocals)
Jorge Calderon (bass, vocals)
Bernie Larson (guitar)
David Lindley (guitar, vocals, fiddle, banjo)
Ian Wallace (drums)
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Jackson Browne (vocals on 20. + 21.)

DavidLindley2Tracklist:
01. DJ Introduction 1.29
02. Twist & Shout 3:20 (Berns/Medley) 3.20
03. She Took Off My Romeos (Fuller) 5.28
04. Your Old Lady (Glick/Isley/Curtis) 5.34
05. Brother John (Neville) 8.04
06. Don’t Look Back (Robinson/White) 6.22
07. Tuning 3.27
08. The Reel Of The Hanging Man (unknown) 4.23
09. Tuning .43
10. Rag Bag (unknown) 5.12
11. Quarter Of A Man  (Fuller) 5.15
12. Band Introductions 2.51
13. Bye Bye Love  (F. Bryant/B.Bryant) 3.56
14. I’m A Hog For You Baby (Lieber/Stoller ) 3.10
15. Tu-ber-cu-lucas And The Sinus Blues  (Smith) 2.23
16. Rats In The Gramercy (unknown) 2.16
17. Mercury Blues (Douglas/Geddins) 3.57
18. DJ Comments 1.12
19. Pay The Man (Lindley/Pierre) 4.51
20. Doctor My Eyes (Browne) 6.57
21. El Rayo X (Calderón/Lindley) 4.25
22. DJ Outro 2.38

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Johnny Clegg & Savuka – Cruel, Crazy Beautiful World (1989)

FrontCover1 When South Africa was still suffering under the apartheid system in the 1980s, Johnny Clegg & Savuka was the last thing apartheid supporters wanted in a pop group. Their lyrics were often vehemently anti-apartheid, and apartheid supporters hated the fact that a half-black, half-white outfit out of South Africa was integrated and proud of it. Released in the U.S. at the end of the 1980s, Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World is among the many rewarding albums the band has recorded. Sting and the Police are a definite influence on Clegg & Savuka, who have absorbed everything from various African pop styles to Western pop, funk, rock, and reggae. The lyrics are consistently substantial and frequently sociopolitical — “Bombs Away” addresses the violence of the apartheid regime, while “Warsaw 1943” reflects on the horrors Eastern Europe experienced at the hands of both communists and fascists during World War II. Clegg and company enjoyed a passionate following at the time, and this fine CD proves that it was well deserved. (by Alex Henderson)

Booklet04APersonnel:
Derek De Beer (drums, percussion, background vocals)
Johnny Clegg (vocals, guitar, concertina, umhuphe mouth bow)
Mandisa Dlanga (vocals)
Keith Hutchinson (keyboards, saxophone, background vocals)
Solly Letwaba (bass, background vocals)
Steve Mavuso (keyboards, background vocals)
Dudu Zulu (percussion, dance)
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Alex Acuña (percussion)
John Baxter (background vocals)
Benn Clatworthy (saxophone)
Tom Regis (keyboards)
Hilton Rosenthal (keyboards, background vocals)
Howard Shear (trumpet)
Bobby Summerfield (keyboards,drum programming, electronic percussion)
Roy Wigan (trumpet)

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Tracklist:
01. One (Hu)’ Man One Vote (Clegg/Summerfield) 4.44
02. Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World (Clegg) 4.25
03. Jericho (Clegg) 4.17
04. Dela (I Know Why the Dog Howls at the Moon) (Clegg)
05. Moliva (Clegg)
06. It’s an Illusion (Clegg)
07. Bombs Away (Clegg)
08. Woman Be My Country (Clegg)
09. Rolling Ocean (Clegg/Mavuso)
10. Warsaw 1943 (I Never Betrayed The Revolution) (Clegg)
11. Vezandlebe (Clegg) 4.04

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Alton Ellis – Sings Rock And Soul (1967)

FrontCover1Alton Nehemiah Ellis OD (1 September 1938 – 10 October 2008) was a Jamaican vocalist. One of the innovators of rocksteady who was given the informal title “Godfather of Rocksteady”. In 2006, he was inducted into the International Reggae And World Music Awards Hall Of Fame.

Born Alton Nehemiah Ellis in Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica. Ellis was raised within a musical family and learned to play the piano at a young age. He attended Ebeneezer and Boys’ Town schools, where he excelled in both music and sport. While at Boys’ Town Ellis performed as a dancer (in a duo) in the first show that a school director called Mr Bailey had organized for Vere Johns who had been invited down to talent scout. He would later compete on Vere Johns’ Opportunity Hour. After winning some competitions, he switched to singing, starting his career in 1959 as part of the duo Alton & Eddy with Eddy Parkins.

AltonEllis01Ellis and Parkins recorded for Coxsone Dodd at Studio One, initially in the R&B style, having a hit in 1960 with “Muriel” (from Dodd’s first commercially-oriented recording session at Federal studios), a song Ellis had written whilst working as a labourer on a building site. This initial success was followed by the release of “My Heaven” which like “Muriel” was a slow R&B ballad with the instrumental triplets and vocal harmonizing common to the ballads of that period. Further releases in the R&B style followed: “Lullabye Angel”, “I Know It All”, “I’m Never Gonna Cry” and “Yours”. The duo also recorded R&B tracks for Vincent Chin’s Randy’s label including “Let Me Dream”. The duo split after Parkins won a major talent contest and moved to the United States.[10] Ellis remained in Kingston, working as a printer and after losing his job, he restarted his music career, initially forming a new duo with John Holt. When Holt joined The Paragons, Ellis formed a new group, The Flames. Ellis continued to work for Dodd and also recorded for his arch-rival, Duke Reid on his Treasure Isle label. At the start of his career Ellis recorded with his younger sister Hortense; early tracks with Hortense like “Don’t Gamble With Love” (1965) were still in the R&B style.

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By the mid-1960s, ska was moving on and the beat was slowing down to rocksteady and becoming associated with the violent rude boy subculture in Jamaican dancehalls. Many artists made records referring to the rude boys, including Ellis, although his records were consistently anti-rudie, including “Don’t Trouble People”, “Dance Crasher”, and “Cry Tough”. Releasing records under the name Alton Ellis and The Flames (the varying line-up of which included his brother Leslie Ellis, David “Baby G” Gordon and Winston Jarrett); the group had hits with “Girl I’ve Got a Date” and “Cry Tough”. The release of “Rock Steady” (1967) backed by Tommy McCook and the Supersonics, the first song to refer to the name of the new genre, heralded the new direction Jamaican popular music was taking. Ellis continued to have hits for Treasure Isle; working with artists such as Lloyd Charmers, Phyllis Dillon and The Heptones. His Mr Soul of Jamaica album (with Tommy McCook and the Supersonics) is regarded as one of the definitive rocksteady albums.

Ellis toured the United Kingdom in the 1967 with Ken Boothe and Studio One session band the Soul Vendors and on his return to Jamaica he worked with Dodd, recording the tracks that would be released as his debut album Alton Ellis Sings Rock & Soul.(by wikipedia)

This is a realy strong album: A perfect mix between Soul, Rock, R&B plus Reggae !!! And you´ll nice versions of classics like “Massachusetts” and “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” …

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The Soul Vendors:
Roland Alphonso (saxophone
Lloyd Brevett (bass)
Ken Boothe (vocals)
Jackie Mittoo (organ)
Johnny Morris (trumpet)
Ernest Ranglin (guitar)
Errol Walters (bass
Hector Williams (drums)

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Tracklist:
01. I’m Just A Guy (Ellis/Dodd) 3.06
02. Let Him Try (Ellis) 2.28
03. Ain’t That Loving You (Ellis) 2.54
04. So Much Love (Goffin/King) 3.07
05. Whiter Shade Of Pale (Brooker/Reid) 3.07
06  Massachusetts (B.Gibb/M.Gibb) 3.00
07. Get Ready (Ellis) 3.10
08. I’m Still In Love With You (Ellis/Dodd) 3.25
09. Never Love Again (Ellis/Dodd) 3.33
10. Mad Mad Mad (Ellis/Dodd) 4.09
11. Baby Now That I Found You (Ellis) 3.34
12. Why (Ellis) 2.48

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