Uprising [Bonus Tracks]

Uprising [Bonus Tracks]

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by Bob Marley & the Wailers
     
 

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Uprising would be the final studio album featuring Bob Marley & the Wailers to be released during Marley's lifetime. Prophetically, it also contains some of the band's finest crafted material, as if they were cogent that this would be their final outing. The album's blend of religious and secular themes likewise creates a very powerful

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Uprising would be the final studio album featuring Bob Marley & the Wailers to be released during Marley's lifetime. Prophetically, it also contains some of the band's finest crafted material, as if they were cogent that this would be their final outing. The album's blend of religious and secular themes likewise creates a very powerful and singular quest for spirituality in a material world. Although it is argued that an album's graphic design rarely captures the essence of the work inside, the powerful rebirthing image of a rock-solid Marley emerging with his arms raised in triumph could not be a more accurate visual description of the musical jubilation within. Musically, the somewhat staid rhythms often synonymous with reggae have been completely turned around to include slinky and liquid syncopation. "Work," "Pimper's Paradise," and the leadoff track, "Coming in From the Cold," are all significant variations on the lolloping Rasta beat. The major differences are the sonic textures that manipulate and fill those patterns. The inventive and unique guitar work of Al Anderson -- the only American member of the original Wailers -- once again redefines the role of the lead electric guitar outside of its standard rock & roll setting. "Zion Train" is awash in wah-wah-driven patterns, creating an eerie, almost ethereal backdrop against Marley's lyrics, which recollect images from Peter Tosh's "Stop That Train" all the way back on Marley & the Wailers' international debut, Catch a Fire. The final track on the original pressing of Uprising is "Redemption Song." Never has an artist unknowingly written such a beautiful and apropos living epitaph. The stark contrast from the decidedly electric and group-oriented album to this hauntingly beautiful solo acoustic composition is as dramatic as it is visionary. Less than a year after the release of Uprising, Marley would succumb to cancer. [The 2001 Definitive LP Remaster version of Uprising contains the "band version" of "Redemption Song" and the 12" mix of "Could You Be Loved."]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2001
Label:
Island
UPC:
0731454890229
catalogNumber:
548902
Rank:
7407

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Performance Credits

Bob Marley & the Wailers   Primary Artist
Bob Marley   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Rita Marley   Background Vocals
Judy Mowatt   Background Vocals
I-Threes   Vocals
Aston Barrett   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano
Carlton "Carly" Barrett   Percussion,Drums
Tyrone Downie   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Marcia Griffiths   Background Vocals
Earl Lindo   Keyboards
Julian Marvin   Guitar,Background Vocals
Alvin Patterson   Percussion
Junior Marvin   Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bob Marley   Producer
Chris Blackwell   Executive Producer
Errol Brown   Engineer
Margaret Goldfarb   Reissue Production Coordination
Zonker Roberts   Tape Research
Neville Garrick   Art Direction,Reissue Art
Jane Hitchin   Tape Research
David Lascelles   Tape Research
Zoe Roberts   Tape Research

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