Bob Marley & The Wailers - Exodus
Label: Island Records – 0600753184196 / Tuff Gong
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered
180 Grm LP
Originally Released: 1977
Style: Roots Reggae
A1 Natural Mystic 3:31
A2 So Much Things To Say 3:08
A3 Guiltiness 3:20
A4 The Heathen 2:32
A5 Exodus 7:35
B1 Jamming 3:31
B2 Waiting In Vain 4:16
B3 Turn Your Lights Down Low 3:40
B4 Three Little Birds 3:03
B5 One Love / People Get Ready 2:51
Backing Vocals – I Threes, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths, Rita Marley, Tyrone Downie
Bass [Fender] – Aston "Familyman" Barrett
Cover [Design, Graphics] – Neville Garrick
Drums – Carlton Barrett
Engineer – Karl Pitterson
Engineer [Assistant] – Guy Bidmead, Terry Barham
Guitar – Aston "Familyman" Barrett
Keyboards – Tyrone Downie
Lead Guitar – Julian (Junior) Marvin
Lead Vocals – Bob Marley
Mixed By – Aston Barrett, Chris Blackwell, Karl Pitterson
Percussion – Alvin "Seeco" Patterson, Aston "Family Man" Barrett, Bob Marley, Carlton Barrett, Tyrone Downie
Photography By – Adrian Boot, Neville Garrick
Producer – Bob Marley & The Wailers
Remastered By [Digitally] – Rob
Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Written-By – Bob Marley
© 1977 The Island Def Jam Music Group
What motivated Bob Marley to write some of his best lyrics, with strong spiritual content, messages of biblical condemnation for the wicked and biting criticism of the system and it's defenders? A complete album, some of his best work ever, and in contrast to earlier albums where there were always a few redone songs from his ska and rocksteady days, Exodus was mostly all new songs. Here you have an excellent mix - strong roots reggae rhythms on 'Natural Mystic' a Rasta grounation chant 'Heathen', a lighter dance tune 'Jammin', melodies such as 'One Love' and 'Three Little Birds' and two tracks that show Bob could have sung R&B, soul, love songs namely 'Waiting in Vain' and 'Turn your lights down low'. The title track was unique. Never before had there been a reggae song sounding like it, (funky world beat) nor had a reggae song ever been so long - over 7 minutes, most were short, to the point 3-4 minute jobs. The album built on what had been achieved with the previous album - penetration of the US market, but significantly here 'Exodus' was the first Wailer tune to get extensive airplay on African-American radio. What was the creative force behind all of this? We know that ganja and scripture reading was the fuel for some of Bob's words of wisdom but this album (specifically the first 4 tracks) were forged in direct response to one specific incident that happened to him in late 1976.
Bob, Rita and the bands manager were at Bob's yard two nights before the 'Smile Jamaica' concert scheduled for December 5. The concert, featuring the Wailers, was to be held at the National Heroes Park in Kingston. It was conceived by Bob himself as a means of getting peoples minds off politics, which was the all consuming force in the Island at that time, with a general election coming up on December 16. Gunmen burst into the Marley house firing shots, all three were hit, Bob's manager five times, a shot grazed Bob's chest and hit his arm and Rita had one graze her skull. Who did it and for what reason was never known as the gunmen were not identified nor caught. Politics was suspected. Although the Wailers were not supporters of party politics they could hardly be called apolitical as their criticisms of the system, inequality, injustices and oppression had always been central to their message. It's just that it was the strongest in the previous album. If that is what it was all about, rather than be subdued, Bob was stirred up and 'Exodus' was his creative response fueled by righteous rastafari anger. Bob himself says so in a line from 'Jammin' - 'No bullet can stop us now'. All in all an album of excellent musical expression.
Following the assassination attempt in December 1976, Bob and Neville Garrick left Jamaica for Compass Point in the Bahamas, then onto England.
Bob was on a creative high, as though the shooting had only strengthened his resolve; Bob was also now working closely with Tyrone Downie who was becoming more prominent as the group arranger than Family Man had been. By the end of February Bob was ready to lay the tracks down and the group moved to Basing Street to record. Songs had flown out of these sessions, many of them inspired by events around the shooting. The new album was to be called Exodus, decreed Bob, even though that was one of the only songs he hadn't yet written.
It has been nearly twenty five years since Bob Marley gave us the gift of Exodus, and album so magnificent in scope that Time magazine named it the album of the century. "Every song is a classic, from the message of love to the anthem of revolution," Time wrote of Exodus. "But more than that, the album is a political and cultural nexus, drawing inspiration from the Third World and then giving voice to it the world over."
Bob Marley - Three Little Birds
What a lovely video. A wonderful song too. It's so postive, I can't help to smile when hearing it. How I wish Bob were still with us today. Living in today's rather scary World, his music gives a person a better feeling about tomorrow and the next day after that. Thankfully Bob's children and family are still sending out his message of love and peace. The whole Marley family is wonderful.
Bob Marley Jamming
Bob Marley brings rhythm to heaven as Dimebag brings shred to it.
R.I.P. to one of the greatest musicians who ever lived, and I hope to jam with u on the other side.
Bob Marley - One Love peace concert
The famous one love peace conference, intended to bring together the waring politicians infront of there people, as for the politicians both parties still wanted Marleys endorsement, Jah Rastafari, Steppin Razor
Bob Marley Waiting In Vain