History Music / BobMarley

13th Apr '17 7:30:12 AM onionmaster
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* DarkerAndEdgier: Done several times, on account of his varying between pop reggae and political reggae. ''Soul Rebels'' from 1970 is a much darker album than most of The Wailers' other records from the period. ''Catch A Fire'' is darker than most of his other Island Records albums. ''Survival'' from 1979 is a darker album than its predecessor ''Kaya'', something which was intentional.

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* CutSong: "Catch A Fire" was delivered to Island including the songs "High Tide Or Low Tide" and "All Day All Night". Chris Blackwell felt that "High Tide Or Low Tide" was too soft for the militant rock image he thought the group should focus on, and that "All Day All Night" was too similar to other tracks and made the album drag on a bit too long. Bob Marley (who wrote both songs) was ok with this, and the tracks did not receive the overdubbing and editing the rest of the album did. Eventually the tracks were released, but not reinstated till the album as intended until the original mix appeared on the Deluxe Edition many years later. Blackwell said that he loves the tracks and that cutting them was a mistake that made business sense at the time. "High Tide Or Low Tide" has been VindicatedByHistory from its appearance as a central theme in the Marley movie.
** Multiple news stories from before Burnin' was released indicate Bunny Wailer's "Reincarnated Souls" and "The Oppressed Song" were going to be included on the album. An early mix of "Reincarnated Souls" had also appeared as the b-side to "Concrete Jungle". They were cut because Bunny already had two songs "Hallelujah Time" and "Pass It On" on the album, and instead saved for his solo album "Blackheart Man". Similarly, Peter Tosh cut a version of his old track "No Sympathy" for the album but it was not included, instead being saved for "Legalize It". All the intended album mixes were later released as bonus tracks on the 2001 remaster of Burnin'.
*** "Chant Down Babylon" was supposed to be the opening track on Uprising, but Bob wrote "Coming In From The Cold" at the last minute. "Chant Down Babylon" later appeared on Confrontation. Similarly, the 'band version' of "Redemption Song" was supposed to be on Uprising but replaced by the acoustic version as Chris Blackwell felt it had more crossover potential (which it did). The band version was later a B-Side.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Done several times, on account of his varying between pop reggae and political reggae. ''Soul Rebels'' from 1970 is a much darker album than most of The Wailers' other records from the period. ''Catch A Fire'' is darker than most of his other Island Records albums. ''Rastaman Vibration", with the exception of 'Positive Viration', is also very dark. ''Survival'' from 1979 is a darker album than its predecessor ''Kaya'', something which was intentional.


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** This is also true of One Love. In its original 1965 incarnation, it was one of many Impressions songs the group covered.
30th Nov '16 9:39:20 PM Xtifr
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'''Bob Marley''' (February 6, 1945 - May 11, 1981) was a Jamaican musician who popularized {{reggae}} as a musical art and (by association) Rastafari as a religious movement throughout Jamaica and the world at large.

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'''Bob Marley''' Bob Marley (February 6, 1945 - May 11, 1981) was a Jamaican musician who popularized {{reggae}} as a musical art and (by association) Rastafari as a religious movement throughout Jamaica and the world at large.
24th Oct '16 10:40:43 PM thelivingtoad
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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: "Redemption Song" is an acoustic folk song with very few traces of reggae on it.
28th Sep '16 4:34:06 AM onionmaster
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** Bob's track "Rebel Music (3 O Clock Roadblock)" became an iconic song of dub music, with numerous mixes being made. Bob seemed to encourage this as the B-Side of his own single was his own dub version, as opposed to just an instrumental, and several unreleased mixes have leaked as well. The version by Augustus Pablo on his Ital Dub album particularly increased the popularity of the song by taking it into completely new territory.
16th Jun '16 3:46:34 PM onionmaster
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** The lyrics on the songs on "Uprising" are about his knowledge that he was dying of cancer and that it would be his last album. He often expresses concerns about how people close to him will cope ("We And Dem"), his inability to change the political landscape within his lifetime ("Real Situation" and "Redemption Song") and wrote "Coming In From The Cold" at the last minute as a song to help fans cope with his death.
16th Jun '16 3:37:22 PM onionmaster
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* DivergentCharacterEvolution: An unnamed song from a 1968 demo tape borrows some lyrics from Bunny's Studio One track "Who Feels It Knows It" and also features lyrics and melody that would be reused in "Cheer Up" and "Crisis". He would soon after remodel the song into "Cheer Up" but reuse the leftover parts as "Crisis" about 9 years later. Interestingly, he not only still borrowed those lyrics from "Who Feels It Knows It" but used the song's title as a hook, without crediting Bunny.



** Bob's lyrics gradually got more and more political as they went on. The lyrics of albums from Rastaman Vibration onwards are predominantly directed at rallying people together to take a stand against oppression. The Wailers, for a long time, would talk about everyday situations in the ghetto, having a good time or problems with crime.



* GodIsLoveSongs: Most of them reference God (''Jah'') in one way or another. Some of the more specific ones are "Hallelujah Time", "So Jah Say", "Redemption Song", "Want More", "Zion Train", "Forever Loving Jah", "Give Thanks & Praises",...

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* GodIsLoveSongs: Most of them reference God (''Jah'') in one way or another. Some of the more specific ones are Bunny's "Hallelujah Time", "So Jah Say", "Redemption Song", "Want More", "Zion Train", "Forever Loving Jah", "Give Thanks & Praises",...
17th Mar '16 9:49:51 AM ObsidianFire
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* GenreSavvy: Bob knew that the stereotype of {{Reggae}} was happy, sunshine holiday music, and so recorded more poppy singles that sat alongside his more serious political work (a pre-Island example being "Sugar Sugar" and two Island examples being "Shine Jamaica" and "Three Little Birds"). He even had the album ''Kaya'' mixed in that style, in the knowledge it would draw in fans for its highly political successor, ''Survival''.
1st Oct '15 6:45:06 PM igordebraga
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'''Bob Marley''' (February 6, 1945 - May 11, 1981) was a Jamaican musician who popularized reggae as a musical art and (by association) Rastafari as a religious movement throughout Jamaica and the world at large.

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'''Bob Marley''' (February 6, 1945 - May 11, 1981) was a Jamaican musician who popularized reggae {{reggae}} as a musical art and (by association) Rastafari as a religious movement throughout Jamaica and the world at large.
30th Jul '15 12:50:32 AM unwell619
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** According to his mother his last words were "Jesus, take me".
30th Jul '15 12:35:19 AM unwell619
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* RealMenLoveJesus: Was raised Catholic, then became a committed Rastafari and near the end of his life converted to Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity.
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