The 2001 reissue of Live! is digitally remastered with fully annotated liner notes and features the bonus track "Kinky Reggae."
All Music Guide - Lindsay PlanerAs the title implies, this is indeed Bob Marley & the Wailers captured in performance at the Lyceum Ballroom in London during the final U.K. leg of the Natty Dread tour. Passionate and symbiotic energies constantly cycle between the band and audience, the net result of which is one of the most memorable concert recordings of the pop music era. With the addition of lead guitarist Al Anderson during the recording sessions for their previous long-player, Natty Dread, the Wailers took increasing strides toward a seamless transition into the consciousness of the rock music audience. Anderson's bluesy guitar runs liberate "Burnin' and Lootin'" as well as "Trenchtown Rock," the only new composition on Live!. Anderson bobs and weaves his supple-toned fretwork among the somewhat staid rhythms common to reggae. The mutual affinity that binds Marley with his audience is evident in the roars of approval that greet the opening notes of "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)," "I Shot the Sheriff," and "Kinky Reggae." Likewise, "No Woman, No Cry" elicits a group singalong as the sheer volume of the audience challenges that of the amplified musicians. With this evidence, there is no denying that Bob Marley & the Wailers were becoming the unlikeliest of pop music icons. Additionally, Live! underscores the underrated talents of the Wailers as musicians. Older works such as "Burnin' and Lootin'" and "I Shot the Sheriff" benefit greatly from Tyrone Downie's keyboard punctuation and the soulful backing vocals of the I-Threes. The 2001 Definitive Remasters issue of Live! is appended with "Kinky Reggae," which was originally released as the B-side to "No Woman, No Cry." The track was taken from the same Lyceum performance in July of 1975. Likewise, Live! is the title that seems to have sonically benefited the most from the remastering work done by Ted Jensen.
All Music Guide"One good thing about music -- when it hits, you feel no pain." So proclaims Bob Marley in the opening line of this concert recording, and he and his band proceed to brutalize the crowd with the finest reggae then being produced. Live! can be taken on either of two levels: First, as one of the greatest live albums of all time, and second, for the uninitiated, as an excellent introduction to the music Marley & the Wailers were making in the early to mid '70s. It is, in a very real sense, Marley's "greatest hits" collection of the 1973-75 era. ~ Jim Newsom, All Music Guide
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Performance CreditsBob Marley & the Wailers Primary Artist,Track Performer
Bob Marley Guitar,Vocals
Yasha Anderson Guitar
Aston Barrett Bass
Carlton "Carly" Barrett Drums
Tyrone Downie Keyboards
Technical CreditsBob Marley Producer
Steve Smith Producer,Engineer
Carlton "Carly" Barrett Composer
Chris Blackwell Producer
Mike Fink Reissue Design
Zonker Roberts Tape Research
Kate Simon Reissue Photography
Lecon Cogill Composer
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This is the first Bob Marley album I ever bought.The fact that the songs Marley and the Wailers performed here sound so much better on stage is what captivated me when I first heard it. The version of ''No Woman, No Cry'' done here is the best version ever done by anybody(listen to Marley's guitar solo). And the live version of ''Trechtown Rock'' is masterful in ways that nothing else is. The Honorable Robert Nesta Marley does it again!