No other artist has done more for his island nation and its music than Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bob Marley. The Jamaican native was taken from all too early in 1981 at the age of 36 as a result of brain cancer; but he left behind a musical legacy that lives on.
Originally released in 1977, the Marley’s are celebrating 45 years of “Exodus” with some new music by Bob Marley and the Wailers.
Along with a new Deluxe edition of “Exodus”, the Marley family and Island Records have made three previously unreleased concerts from the Rainbow Theatre in London available for fans.
The album name “Best Album of the 20th Century” by “Time” Magazine, “Exodus” is now available as a digital release. The album appropriately got its name after Marley and the band made an “Exodus” from Jamaica after an assassination attempt on his life. The Wailer recorded “Exodus” and “Kayla” in London.
Cedella Marley spoke on her Dad, the album and London saying, “London was one of Daddy’s favorite places to be; it’s the city where his songwriting and creativity thrived. The Exodus album and his shows at The Rainbow are incredible examples of that. I’m so excited that his fans will finally be able to hear all four shows, in their entirety, the way they were meant to be heard, for generations to come.”Portions of the concerts have been released as a part of the ”Marley 75” in 2020, but now for the first time, fans will get to hear all of the concerts.
“Bob Marley & The Wailers Live at the Rainbow: 1st June 1977” was released on June 3.
“Bob Marley & The Wailers Live at the Rainbow: 2ndt June 1977” was released June 10.
“Bob Marley & The Wailers Live at the Rainbow: 3rd June 1977” was released June 17.
And the newly remastered “Exodus: Deluxe Edition” has been released on June 24. Along with the original 10 songs on the album, the new Deluxe Edition includes 18 singles and sessions tracks including five previously unreleased songs; plus two new bonus tracks.
feature photo credit: courtesy of Meg McLean Corso and UMe