Babylon by Bus (Remastered Edition)

Babylon by Bus (Remastered Edition)

by Bob Marley & the WailersBob Marley & the Wailers


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Arguably the most influential live reggae album ever, Babylon by Bus captures Bob Marley and the Wailers during the European leg of their Kaya tour in the spring of 1978. The success of this set was not entirely unexpected, however. If the universal and widespread acclaim of Live! -- their first concert recording -- was an indicator, all involved knew that a Bob Marley & the Wailers performance contained unique energies and a vibe all of its own. Sharply contrasting the somewhat pastoral grooves of the Kaya album, Babylon by Bus possesses a more aggressive sound -- which was a trademark of this particular band. Tyrone Downie's progressive rock keyboard flavors on "Exodus," as well his judiciously located percussive clavinet accentuations during "Punky Reggae Party," lock in with Aston "Familyman" Barrett's viscous basslines to create something akin to psychedelic reggae or even along the lines of Parliament/Funkadelic. Likewise, "Heathen" highlights Anderson's explosive guitar leads, which are distinctly reminiscent of Eddie Hazel from his early days with Funkadelic. The lead guitar solos on "Rebel Music (3 O' Clock Roadblock)" and "Is This Love" also define Al Anderson's innovative and decidedly Western guitar style, as it is seamlessly and thoroughly integrated with Marley and the Wailers. As with their first concert album, Babylon by Bus highlights material from the band's history up to that point. "No More Trouble" is placed in an entirely new context when linked with "War," which features lyrics taken from a United Nations speech given by Haille Selassie I, the Ethiopian emperor considered the father of modern Rastafarianism. Other early tracks, such as "Kinky Reggae" and "Stir It Up," prove to be not the only favorites of concert attendees. More recent offerings of "Is This Love," "Jammin'," and "Exodus" actually garner the most audible support. Without question, Babylon by Bus is an integral component of any popular music collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/31/2001
Label: Island
UPC: 0731454890021
catalogNumber: 548900
Rank: 37191


  1. Positive Vibration
  2. Punky Reggae Party
  3. Exodus
  4. Stir It Up
  5. Rat Race
  6. Concrete Jungle
  7. Kinky Reggae
  8. Lively up Yourself
  9. Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock)
  10. War/No More Trouble
  11. Is This Love
  12. Heathen
  13. Jamming

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Marley & the Wailers   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Bob Marley   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Rita Marley   Vocals,Background Vocals
Judy Mowatt   Vocals,Background Vocals
Junior Hanson   Guitar
I-Threes   Background Vocals
Aston Barrett   Bass Guitar
Carlton "Carly" Barrett   Drums
Tyrone Downie   Keyboards
Marcia Griffiths   Vocals,Background Vocals
Earl Lindo   Organ,Clavinet
Alvin Patterson   Percussion
Alfa Anderson   Electric Guitar
Junior Marvin   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Alvin "Seeco" Patterson   Percussion
Anderson   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bob Marley   Producer
Chris Blackwell   Producer
Margaret Goldfarb   Reissue Production Coordination
Jack Huber   Producer
Jack Nuber   Producer
Wailers   Producer
Neville Garrick   Graphic Design,Art Direction,Reissue Art
Kate Simon   Reissue Photography
David Lascelles   Tape Research

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