Talkin' Blues (Bonus Tracks) CD (2002)

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Label Polygram Label Group
SKU 60555952
UPC 731454890625
UPC 14 00731454890625
Format CD
Release Date 5/21/2002
Author Bob Marley & Wailers
Associated Artist/Work Cliff, Jimmy
Associated Artist/Work Hunter, Charlie
Associated Artist/Work Hunter, Charlie (Guitar)
Associated Artist/Work Perry, Lee
Associated Artist/Work Rockabye Baby!
Associated Artist/Work Tosh, Peter
Associated Artist/Work Wailer, Bunny
Associated Artist/Work Wailers (The)
Associated Artist/Work Withers, Bill
Technical Info
Engineer Dermott Hussey; Trevor Wyatt
Producer Bill Levenson (Compilation)
CatalogID 5489062
Lable Name Island (Label)
Released 05/20/2002
Original Release 1991
Number of Discs 1
Length 77m : 53s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Mixed
UPC 00731454890625
Album Notes and Credits
A collection of rare and previously unreleased performances, including studio and live material, with tracks from the legendary October 1973 KSAN-FM (San Francisco) broadcast and interview segments from Jamaican radio in 1975. Includes an 8-page booklet.
Bob Marley & The Wailers: Bob Marley, Peter Tosh (vocals, guitar); Joe Higgs (vocals, percussion); Al Anderson (guitar); Bernard "Touter" Harvey (piano, organ); Tyrone Downie, Earl "Wire" Lindo (keyboards); Aston "Familyman" Barrtt (bass); Carlton "Carly" Barrett (drums, percussion); Alvin "Seeco" Patterson (percussion).
Additional personnel: Dermot Hussey (interviewer).
The I-Threes: Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt (background vocals).
Principally recorded live at the Record Plant, San Francisco, California in 1973 & The Lyceum, London, England in 1975. Includes liner notes by Rob Partridge.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Bob Marley (vocals, guitar); Peter Tosh (vocals, guitar); Joe Higgs (vocals, percussion); Al Yasha Anderson (guitar); Bernard Touter Harvey (piano, organ); Earl Lindo, Tyrone Downie (keyboards); Carlton "Carly" Barrett (drums, percussion); Alvin "Seeco" Patterson (percussion); Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths, Rita Marley, I-Threes (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Rob Partridge.
Recording information: Kingston, Jamaica (1973-1975); Record Plant, San Francisco, CA (1973-1975).
Arranger: Bob Marley.
The importance of TALKIN' BLUES as a historical musical document cannot be stressed enough. The bulk of BLUES finds Marley interview segments interspersed between portions of a live session recorded during the Wailers' initial 1973 American tour (which included a date opening for Bruce Springsteen at Max's Kansas City.) By this time, the band's formidable stage presence had resulted in their being dumped as the supporting act for Sly & The Family Stone. Bunny Wailer had returned to Jamaica and mentor Joe Higgs was recruited to take his place. These recordings overflow with the magic of the Wailers, despite the fact that the band was playing before a handful of people during a closed session.
The most captivating moments come during the interaction between Marley and Peter Tosh on "Kinky Reggae" and "Get Up Stand Up." The contrast of the former's honeyed vocals and the latter's nasal delivery spark a yearning for more material by this tempestuous duo. Tosh later takes a solo vocal on "Can't Blame The Youth" that quivers with a coolly defiant tone. Equally impressive are the sweet harmonies of The I-Threes on the title track and the rhythmically whip-smart reading of "Burnin' & Lootin."
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (3/7/91) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "a tribute befitting a king."
Q (8/02, p.145) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A blend of live radio takes and rare studio recordings linked by excerpts from an interview in which Marley's stoned patois remains unintelligible..."
Uncut (8/02, p.123) - 3.5 out of 5 - "...Most interesting..."
Musician (4/91) - "...a marvelously intimate document...Marley's singing has never seemed so freewheeling as here, his yodeling scats offset by snarling descants from Tosh...a revelation."
New York Times (Publisher) (2/10/91) - "...has something to add to the annals: a previously unknown song and, more important, a chance to hear the live Wailers as they played during their first United States tour, with Joe Higgs replacing Bunny (Wailer) Livingstone."
Disc 1
1 Talkin'
2 Talkin' Blues
3 Talkin'
4 Burnin' And Lootin'
5 Talkin'
6 Kinky Reggae
7 Get Up, Stand Up
8 Talkin'
9 Slave Driver
10 Talkin'
11 Walk The Proud Land
12 Lively Up Yourself - (bonus track)
13 Talkin'
14 You Can't Blame The Youth
15 Stop That Train - (bonus track)
16 Talkin'
17 Rastaman Chant
18 Talkin'
19 Am-A-Do
20 Talkin'
21 Bend Down Low
22 Talkin'
23 I Shot The Sheriff
24 Bend Down Low - (bonus track)

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