Exodus [Bonus Tracks]

Exodus [Bonus Tracks]

by Bob Marley & the WailersBob Marley & the Wailers


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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). 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2001
Label: Island
UPC: 0731454889827
catalogNumber: 548898
Rank: 19167


  1. Natural Mystic
  2. So Much Things to Say
  3. Guiltiness
  4. The Heathen
  5. Exodus
  6. Jamming
  7. Waiting in Vain
  8. Turn Your Lights Down Low
  9. Three Little Birds
  10. One Love/People Get Ready
  11. Jamming
  12. Punky Reggae Party

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Marley & the Wailers   Primary Artist
Bob Marley   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Rita Marley   Vocals,Background Vocals
Judy Mowatt   Background Vocals
Boris Gardiner   Bass
I-Threes   Background Vocals
Aston Barrett   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Electric Bass
Carlton "Carly" Barrett   Percussion,Drums
Mikey Boo   Drums
Watty Burnett   Vocal Harmony
Danny Clarke   Vocal Harmony
Ansel Cridland   Vocal Harmony
Glen DaCosta   Saxophone
Richard Daley   Bass
Val Douglas   Bass
Tyrone Downie   Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Vin Gordon   Trombone
Marcia Griffiths   Background Vocals
David Madden   Trumpet
Candy McKenzie   Vocal Harmony
Winston Watson   Vocal Harmony
Cat Coore   Guitar
Aura Lewis   Vocal Harmony
Ibo Cooper   Keyboards
Alvin "Seeco" Patterson   Percussion

Technical Credits

Dick Cuthell   Engineer
Mike Fink   Reissue Design
Margaret Goldfarb   Reissue Production Coordination
Godwin Logie   Engineer
Lee "Scratch" Perry   Producer
Karl Pitterson   Engineer
Bob Marley & the Wailers   Producer
Neville Garrick   Graphic Design,Cover Design,Reissue Art,Original Graphics,Reissue Photography,Original Cover Artwork
Adrian Boot   Reissue Photography
Jane Hitchin   Tape Research
David Lascelles   Tape Research
Zoe Roberts   Tape Research

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