Babylon by Bus (Remastered Edition)

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Arguably the most influential live reggae album ever, Babylon by Bus captures Bob Marley and the Wailers during the European leg of their Kaya tour in the spring of 1978. The success of this set was not entirely unexpected, however. If the universal and widespread acclaim of LIVE! -- their first concert recording -- was an indicator, all involved knew that a Bob Marley & the Wailers performance contained unique energies and a vibe all of its own. Sharply contrasting the somewhat pastoral grooves of the Kaya album, Babylon by Bus possesses a more aggressive sound -- which was a trademark of this particular band. Tyrone Downie's progressive rock keyboard flavors on ...
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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Arguably the most influential live reggae album ever, Babylon by Bus captures Bob Marley and the Wailers during the European leg of their Kaya tour in the spring of 1978. The success of this set was not entirely unexpected, however. If the universal and widespread acclaim of LIVE! -- their first concert recording -- was an indicator, all involved knew that a Bob Marley & the Wailers performance contained unique energies and a vibe all of its own. Sharply contrasting the somewhat pastoral grooves of the Kaya album, Babylon by Bus possesses a more aggressive sound -- which was a trademark of this particular band. Tyrone Downie's progressive rock keyboard flavors on "Exodus," as well his judiciously located percussive clavinet accentuations during "Punky Reggae Party," lock in with Aston "Familyman" Barrett's viscous basslines to create something akin to psychedelic reggae or even along the lines of Parliament/Funkadelic. Likewise, "Heathen" highlights Anderson's explosive guitar leads, which are distinctly reminiscent of Eddie Hazel from his early days with Funkadelic. The lead guitar solos on "Rebel Music 3 O' Clock Roadblock" and "Is This Love" also define Al Anderson's innovative and decidedly Western guitar style, as it is seamlessly and thoroughly integrated with Marley and the Wailers. As with their first concert album, Babylon by Bus highlights material from the band's history up to that point. "No More Trouble" is placed in an entirely new context when linked with "War," which features lyrics taken from a United Nations speech given by Haille Selassie I, the Ethiopian emperor considered the father of modern Rastafarianism. Other early tracks, such as "Kinky Reggae" and "Stir It Up," prove to be not the only favorites of concert attendees. More recent offerings of "Is This Love," "Jammin'," and "Exodus" actually garner the most audible support. Without question, Babylon by Bus is an integral component of any popular music collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2001
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 731454890021
  • Catalog Number: 548900
  • Sales rank: 3,111

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Positive Vibration (5:50)
  2. 2 Punky Reggae Party (5:51)
  3. 3 Exodus (7:41)
  4. 4 Stir It Up (5:17)
  5. 5 Rat Race (3:41)
  6. 6 Concrete Jungle (5:37)
  7. 7 Kinky Reggae (4:46)
  8. 8 Lively up Yourself (6:18)
  9. 9 Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock) (5:20)
  10. 10 War/No More Trouble (5:28)
  11. 11 Is This Love (7:27)
  12. 12 Heathen (4:29)
  13. 13 Jamming (5:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Marley & the Wailers Primary Artist, Track Performer
Bob Marley Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Rita Marley Vocals, Background Vocals
Judy Mowatt Vocals, Background Vocals
Junior Hanson Guitar
I-Threes Background Vocals
Alfa Anderson Barfield Electric Guitar
Aston Barrett Bass Guitar
Carlton "Carly" Barrett Drums
Tyrone Downie Keyboards
Marcia Griffiths Vocals, Background Vocals
Earl Lindo Organ, Clavinet
Alvin Patterson Percussion
Junior Marvin Guitar, Electric Guitar
Alvin "Seeco" Patterson Percussion
Al Anderson Guitar
Technical Credits
Bob Marley Producer
Chris Blackwell Producer
Barry Diament Remastering
Rob Fraboni Remastering
Margaret Goldfarb Reissue Production Coordination
Jack Huber Producer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Jack Nuber Producer
The Wailers Producer
Neville Garrick Graphic Design, Art Direction, Reissue Art
Kate Simon Reissue Photography
David Lascelles Tape Research
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CD is best Live recording ever in reggae/ rock style music.

    This proves that on the back cover of CD he is "Reggae Kungen". I am not a a huge reggae fan but Marley does it great on this live set.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jamming

    Babylon By Bus. Is the best live cd since the live 1975. Bob Marley really jam's on each song. All the band member's are working together. Bob, Carlton, Aston Family Man, Tyrone, Junior, Alvin, Al Anderson, Wire, Rita, Judy & Marcia. This cd is where the band goes around the world recording live song's for this great cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    why can't I give more than five stars

    the sound of summer and transformation. a landmark album

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is what im talking about!!!!!

    This must be one of favorite cds from bob marley. In concert!!!!!!!!! Alot of great songs, live!!!! And all much longer!!!!! And soooooooooo good!!!!!! This has to get a 5 from any reggae fan.

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    Posted April 10, 2009

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