Welcome to Jamrock is the smash hit of the summer. Produced by Stephen Marley & Damian Marley, album features cuts with Nas, Black Thought/Roots, Bobby Brown, Bounty Killer & Eek-A-Mouse. Universal. 2005. Grammy winner (for 2001's Halfway Tree) Damian "Junior Gong" Marley, the youngest singing son of the immortal Bob and brother of Ziggy, Julian, Stephen and Ky-mani, has made a major splash in the family business. The confrontational title track of his third album (which entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at Number 7, the biggest opening week ever for a reggae artist), deals with vacationing "haves" partying on the backs of increasingly desperate "have-nots." It has fomented a storm of protest from corporate entities who claim that Marley has presented his homeland (or more accurately, their interests) in a negative light. Another high point is "Pimpa's Paradise," a heartbreaker about drugs leading to prostitution, backed by a vulnerable-sounding acoustic guitar. Produced by Damian and Stephen Marley, it's an eclectic, sophisticated mix, constructed over treacherous rhythmic undercurrents, illuminated by empathy, courage and soul. A shifting kaleidoscope of classic and cutting-edge Jamaican grooves spars with R&B and hip-hop, references to Marcus Garvey, Eek-A-Mouse, and Exodus, plus guest stints from Buju Banton, Bounty Killer, Bobby Brown, Black Thought and Nas. --Christina Roden
Damian 'Jr.. Gong' Marley, the Youngest Son of Reggae Legend Bob Marley, Steps Out in His Own Right with the Release of Album 'Welcome to Jamrock' on 12 September. Damian Robert Nesta Marley Aka 'Junior Gong', Was Born in Kingston, Jamaica on July 21 1978, the Son of Bod Marley 1977 Miss World Cindy Breakspeare. Welcome to Jamrock' Features a Medley of Artists Including Stephen Marley, Bounty Killer, Eek-A-Mouse, Nas, Black T Bobby Brown. With the Release of 'Welcome to Jamrock', And the Forthcoming Hotly Tipped Single of the Same Name Damian Marley Take the Marley Mucical Legacy to the Next Level. UCJ. 2005.
Island Records celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the masterpiece that is Bob Marley's Exodus, which was originally released in June of 1977. He recorded the Exodus album in exile in the UK, having escaped an assassination attempt in Jamaica. Exodus transformed Marley's career. A recording of extraordinary creative maturity, the album resonated with audiences around the world. In the UK alone in stayed on the chart for 56 consecutive weeks and included three massive hit singles. Bob Marley was established as the Third World's first superstar, a legacy that survives thirty years after the album's release. Island.
Brand: MARLEY,BOB & THE WAILERS
Exodus was remastered from the original two track master tapes. Added to this single disc remastered edition are the bonus tracks " Jamming (long versi on) and " Punky Reggae Party" (long version). In 1999, Exodus was rightfully voted by the most important album of the 20th century by Time magazine. This is the visionary Bob Marley's masterpiece, a concept album that distills the myriad experiences of both our daily lives and collective unconsciousness into 46 minutes of aural perfection. Exodus has been flawlessly remastered from the original recordings and showcases what is probably the Wailers' tightest recorded performance. The initial notes of the album's opening track, "Natural Mystic," fade up from a deep silence, giving the listener the impression that the music generates from within a continuum of the past, present, and future. The first half of Exodus bears witness to Marley's shift in focus away from the mundane problems of Babylon existence and toward a greater understanding of vital universal truths. The second half features songs such as "Jamming" and "Waiting in Vain," which take a gently wistful look at the more interpersonal aspects of human relations. --Rebecca Levine
Manufacturer: Epic / Or Music / JDub Records
Matisyahu ~ Live At Stubbs Although reggae's religious overtones are often overshadowed by the music's ties to ganja and the hippie movement, there are some socially active or religious leaning artists out there. One of the newest comes in the unlikely figure of a young Hasidic Jew named Matisyahu. Singing with a slight ghetto patois, in Yiddish, and even displaying considerable beat-box skills, the New Yorker is at his best when he works himself into fits of righteous indignation and Old Testament fervor (the limits of his vocal range are laid bare when he croons on ballads). The lean three-piece band on this live recording, his second album, is aerodynamic and flexible, able to do the slow reggae groove or rock out with ferocity. After 12 tracks of stripped-down reggae, however, the music tends to blend into one long groove. Nonetheless, there is an undeniable urgency in this live recording that comes through loud and clear, making it a live document of note by one of reggae's most interesting new figures. --Tad Hendrickson
Forced to leave Jamaica after an assassination attempt, Marley recorded this 1977 masterpiece in England; inspired by the recent events in his life, songs like Jamming; Waiting in Vain , and the epic title song became some of the all-time classics of reggae. Disc one is a remastered edition of the original LP plus rare mixes, B-sides and alternate takes. Disc two features five unissued performances from the Exodus tour, two versions of Punky Reggae Party and Keep On Moving (recorded in '77 with Lee Perry) and Marley's Exodus radio advertisement. An awesome expansion of what Time magazine called "the album of the century!" In 1999, Exodus was rightfully voted the most important album of the 20th century by Time magazine. This is the visionary Bob Marley masterpiece, a concept album that distills the myriad experiences of both our daily lives and collective unconsciousness into 46 minutes of aural perfection. The deluxe CD reissue of Exodus has been flawlessly remastered from the original recordings and showcases what is probably the Wailers' tightest recorded performance. The initial notes of the album's opening track, "Natural Mystic," fade up from a deep silence, giving the listener the impression that the music generates from within a continuum of past, present, and future. The first half of Exodus bears witness to Marley's shift in focus away from the mundane problems of Babylon existence and toward a greater understanding of vital universal truths. The second half features songs like "Jamming" and "Waiting in Vain," which take a gently wistful look at the more interpersonal aspect of human relations. This deluxe edition offers a remastered and expanded version of the original album. --Rebecca Levine
Manufacturer: Tuff Gong
1973 album from the Reggae legend. The album established the band as international superstars. Leader Bob Marley in particular became world-famous. The socially aware lyrics and militant tone surprised many listeners, but others were attracted to Marley and Peter Tosh's confrontational subjects and optimistic view of a future free from oppression.
Catch a Fire, released on 13 April 1973, is the fifth album by Jamaican reggae band The Wailers, and the first the band released on Island Records. After touring and recording in the United Kingdom with Johnny Nash, Nash's departure to the United States left the band without enough money to return home; they approached producer Chris Blackwell, who agreed to advance the Wailers money for an album and paid their fares back to Jamaica, where they recorded Catch a Fire. The album features nine songs, two of which were written by Peter Tosh and the rest by Bob Marley. After Marley's return to London to present the tapes to Blackwell, the producer reworked the tracks with contributions by Muscle Shoals session musician Wayne Perkins, who played guitar on two overdubbed tracks. The album's supporting concert tour throughout England and the United States helped establish the band as international stars. Catch a Fire peaked at number 171 and number 51 on Billboard's 200 and Black Albums charts, respectively. The album has received critical acclaim, including being listed at number 126 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, the second highest placement of the five Bob Marley albums on the list, after the posthumous compilation album Legend. It is also regarded as one of the top reggae albums of all time