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Kaya [Deluxe Edition]
     

Kaya [Deluxe Edition]

by Bob Marley & the Wailers
 

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Kaya continues what has become an unspoken tradition in the evolution of Bob Marley & the Wailers discography -- blending western sounds and motifs with the icons and traditions from the very core of Jamaican society. In fact, the very word "kaya" is synonymous with marijuana in Rastafarian culture. Likewise, the album

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Kaya continues what has become an unspoken tradition in the evolution of Bob Marley & the Wailers discography -- blending western sounds and motifs with the icons and traditions from the very core of Jamaican society. In fact, the very word "kaya" is synonymous with marijuana in Rastafarian culture. Likewise, the album Kaya could be easily construed as an open love letter or musical paean to the lifestyle that Marley so eagerly embraced and promoted. Themes of commonality and unity pervade this release more so than previous albums. Likewise, the overt political stances that had become somewhat of a moniker for Marley and the Wailers are temporarily replaced by timeless compositions, such as the eternally optimistic "Easy Skanking" and "Is This Love." Marley had not -- as some proclaimed -- gone soft, however. The light, at times practically giddy, rhythms on "Satisfy My Soul" contrast the darker brooding sonic and lyrical images on "Running Away." The most pressings issues Marley deals with concern ever-increasing spiritual consciousness. Throughout Kaya, humble thanks is offered to, as well as guidance sought from, Jah -- evidence that the spirituality that permeates the Wailers music is real and not lip service. Kaya could be considered the oasis before the political and personal eruptions that would inform and influence Marley and the Wailers next studio releases Survival and Uprising. The 2001 "Definitive Remasters" edition of Kaya also includes the non-LP "Smile Jamaica." Although initially issued as the flipside of "Satisfy My Soul," the song was recorded more than a year prior to this album, resulting in a somewhat odd juxtaposition. [A two-CD Deluxe Edition was released in 2013.The second disc is taken from a July 7th, 1978 concert in the Netherlands and features the band running through a solid set of hits and classics.]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/2013
Label:
Island
UPC:
0602537293261
catalogNumber:
001810602
Rank:
54046

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Performance Credits

Bob Marley & the Wailers   Primary Artist
Bob Marley   Guitar,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Rita Marley   Background Vocals
Judy Mowatt   Background Vocals
Anderson   Guitar
I-Threes   Background Vocals
Aston Barrett   Bass
Glen DeCosta   Trumpet
Tyrone Downie   Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Vin Gordon   Saxophone
Marcia Griffiths   Background Vocals
Earl Lindo   Keyboards
David Madden   Trumpet
Alvin Patterson   Percussion
Junior Marvin   Guitar,Background Vocals
Alvin "Seeco" Patterson   Percussion
Carlton Barrett   Percussion,Drums
Aston "Family Man" Barrett   Percussion,Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Bob Marley   Composer
Steve Morse   Liner Notes
Chris Blackwell   Executive Producer
Karl Pitterson   Engineer
Alex Sadkin   Engineer
Vartan   Art Direction
Bob Marley & the Wailers   Producer
Neville Garrick   Cover Design
Kate Simon   Cover Photo
Andrew Labarrere   Licensing
Monique McGuffin Newman   Producer
Paul "Groucho" Smykle   Back Cover
Sujata Murthy   Publicity
Todd Waxler   Music Business Affairs

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