BOB MARLEY – ” Exodus ” 40th Anniversary Reissue

Posted: May 6, 2017 in MUSIC
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Bob Marley’s ‘Exodus’ Set To Move The Masses Again With 40th-Anniversary Reissue

The Marley Family, Island Records and UMe have announced a massive set of “Exodus” reissues to mark the 40th anniversary of Bob Marley & the Wailers’ landmark Exodus” album, which was released on June 3rd, 1977.

On 2nd June, almost exactly 40 years to the day since Bob Marley And The Wailers released the “Exodus” , the iconic album will be given a suite of celebratory reissues. Alongside 2CD, 3CD and limited 180g gold vinyl editions (the latter exclusive only through uDiscover and, a super deluxe reissue due later in the month will consist of an expanded 3LP version of the album boasting an extra 12” and a pair of bonus 7” singles.

Alongside the original mix of Exodus, the super deluxe reissue will include a special Exodus 40: The Movement Continues “reinstatement” of the album, plus an Exodus Live disc recorded at London’s Rainbow Theatre across 1st to 4th June 1977, an expanded version of the Punky Reggae Party EP, and new single pairings of ‘Waiting In Vain’/‘Roots’ and ‘Smile Jamaica (Part One)’/‘Smile Jamaica (Part Two)’.

Overseen by Bob’s own son Ziggy, the Movement Continues mix recontextualises the original album for a modern audience, using unheard instrumentation and vocals taken from the recording sessions – including a stunning new version of ‘One Love’ pieced together from ten lead Bob Marley vocal outtakes, and an R&B-tinged backing for ‘Turn Your Lights Down Low’, newly recorded by a cast of musicians handpicked by Ziggy.

Released on 3rd June 1977, Exodus was recorded in London, where Bob was holed up following an assassination attempt on his life just six months earlier in Jamaica. An immediate classic once hailed by Time magazine as the “best album of the 20th Century”, Exodus was noted for its eclectic, laidback music, and a lyrical focus on change, as filtered through Marley’s explorations of politics, sex and religion.

As this reissue shows, time has not diminished the album’s potency. Forty years on from its original release, Exodus still has the power to move.  Reel-to-tapes documenting reggae star’s Seventies shows in London and Paris found in rundown London hotel

Ziggy Marley is helming a “restatement” version, which will be included in some of the reissue sets. Revisiting his father’s original session recordings, he found previously unused and unheard vocals, lyric phrasing and instrumentation. His “restatement” version, dubbed Exodus 40 – the Movement Continues, utilizes his discoveries, which gives the songs new contexts.

For example, with “One Love” Ziggy found 10 new lead vocal outtakes and the newfound tape featured ad libs as well. For “Turn Your Lights Down Low” he assembled musicians to record a new music bed, which provides the song a more prominent R&B sway. 

Three of the four new Exodus sets are due June 2nd. A two-CD package includes the original album along with Ziggy Marley’s “restatement” version. A three-CD set, which will also be available digitally, features the original Exodus, Ziggy’s Movement edition and Exodus Live. There will also be a limited edition gold vinyl version comprising the original 1977 album.

The Super Deluxe four-LP, two 7-inch singles edition will be released on June 30th. It will include the original LP, Ziggy’s Movement version, and an Exodus Live set, which was recorded at London’s Rainbow Theatre the week of the album’s release. The fourth LP is entitled Punky Reggae Party. It packages a previously unreleased extended mix of “Keep on Moving” along with a pair of vinyl 7-inches: “Waiting in Vain” backed with “Roots” and “Smile Jamaica (Part One)” backed with “Smile Jamaica (Part Two).”

Exodus is Bob Marley & the Wailers’ ninth studio album. The album was released six months after an assassination attempt was made on Marley while he was in his native Jamaica, which led him to exile in London where Exodus was recorded. The album featured a newer backing band at the time, as the original Wailers disbanded in 1974. Exodus‘ backing band included brothers Carlton (drums) and Aston “Family Man” Barrett (bass), keyboardist Tyrone Downie, percussionist Alvin “Seeco” Patterson, guitarist Junior Marvin and I-Threes backing vocalists Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths and Marley’s wife Rita Marley.


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