|Artist: Bob Marley & Wailers|
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Bob Marley & The Wailers: Bob Marley (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, percussion); Aston "Family Man" Barrett (guitar, bass, percussion); Earl "Chinna" Smith (guitar, percussion); Al Anderson, Donald Kinsey (guitar); Tyrone Downie (keyboards, bass, percussion, background vocals); Carlton Barrett (drums, percussion); Alvin "Seeco" Patterson (percussion).|
|Additional personnel: The I Threes (background vocals).|
|Reissue producers: Bill Levenson, Maxine Stone.|
|Recorded at Harry J Studios and Joe Gibbs Studio, Kingston, Jamaica. Originally released on Island (59383).|
|All tracks have been digitally remastered.|
|Personnel: Bob Marley (vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion); Aston Barrett (guitar, electric bass, percussion); Earl "Chinna" Smith (guitar, percussion); Donald Kinsey, Al Yasha Anderson (guitar); Tyrone Downie (keyboards, percussion, background vocals); Carlton "Carly" Barrett (drums, percussion); Alvin "Seeco" Patterson (percussion); I-Threes (background vocals).|
|Audio Mixer: Aston Barrett.|
|Recording information: Harry J Studios (1975-1976); Harry J. Studios (1975-1976); Joe Gibbs Studio, Kingston, Jamaica (1975-1976); Joe Gibbs Studios, Kingston, Jamaica (1975-1976).|
|Photographer: Neville Garrick.|
|RASTAMAN VIBRATION's burlap-esque jacket design couldn't be more appropriate packaging-this is a load of Natty knowledge delivered in simple, raw fashion. And there's a real beauty in the weave. This 1976 release finds Bob dropping ever more lyrics on human entanglements both local and global, his transcendent voice threading wisdom through it all.|
|"Positive Vibration" and "Roots, Rock, Reggae" are anthemic in character, inviting all listeners to quit their negativity and start a-dancin'. "Want More" is a promise of bad karma for back-biters everywhere, leadened fearfully by solemn bass lines and seamless production. Perhaps most compelling here is "War," a musical setting of a 1968 speech on global justice by the Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia. Bob's echoing fade with the words, "Good Over Evil" is positively haunting. While Peter Tosh's voice is absent, the classic exchange between Marley and the I-Threes (backing vocal divas, for those not in the know) shines all the more brightly in the spotlight. Funky organs are everywhere. Every track on RASTAMAN VIBRATION is an excellent piece of vintage roots reggae, proving just how powerful and tight Bob's studio sessions could be.|
Engineer: Errol Thompson; Jack Nuber; Alex Sadkin; Sylvan Morris
Associated Artists and Works
|Release Date : 06/12/2001|
|Original Release Date : 1976|
|Catalog ID : 5488972|
|Label : Island (Label)|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : AAD|
|UPC : 00731454889728|
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...Marley as superstar..."
- "...The most complete and uncompromised studio album that The Wailers made..."
BioLike John Lennon, Bob Dylan and a few others, Bob Marley's impact goes far further than simply music. His songs touch hearts and minds; his spirit of life is still being felt today, some 20 years after his death.
In speaking of Marley, his producer, Chris Blackwell, president of Island Records, remembers, "Bob Marley is somebody who was an incredible role model. Anybody you talk to, who has witnessed him, knows he really led by example. He was always on time for things--which is hardly a Jamaican trait. I went on a lot of the 1980 tour and he was always the first one on the bus. Traditionally, the star is the last one on the bus, if he isn't going in a limo. If there were a lot of people and they had to fly economy, he would travel with them. He never put himself in a position where he would be seen as being different from anybody else. In that respect, he was somebody who lived up to the example of the leaders of all the main religions: there is one quality all such figures have, which is humility. And Bob really had that natural humility. He was also a natural leader. Absolutely, truly natural."