Sunday, May 6, 2012

Dig On Bob Marley & The Wailers' "Babylon By Bus"

P&B brings you the "Dig On" Classic Album Series. We'll delve into our vaults to discuss the records that have profoundly impacted our musical tastes. The albums we present are considered essential to anyone's record collection. In the end, you can't understand the present (or future) until you "Dig On" the past

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When it comes to the music of Bob Marley & The Wailers, the album owned by most is the quintessential Legend, which contains a great cross-section of singles from albums released throughout the band's career.

But for fans looking for a record that captures the true spirit and essence of Marley's energetic live shows, Babylon By Bus is the way to go.

Released in 1978, the tracks from the album are taken from the group's European tour from the same year, with most of the songs recorded from shows in Paris, France.

As someone who was not fortunate (or old) enough to witness the magic of a BM&W's concert, this recording will really give you a sense a being there.  You can hear the crowd clapping and chanting along to the music, which makes the environment seem more like a joyful, spiritual revival as opposed to a standard musical performance.  

Bob Marley was obviously more that just a songwriter and performer.  He was a spiritual leader, so he certainly loved engaging with his audience and sending out "vibes" to the crowd in the name of his Rastafarian faith.

Although he is no longer with us, Babylon By Bus is a living, breathing document of how Bob Marley's music and mysticism can captivate a crowd.

If you don't have it, get it.

Track Listing:

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

-Turnbull

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