Bob Marley & the Wailers: Paramount Theater, Oakland, May 30, 1976

Bob Marley and the Wailers Live at the Paramount Theater, Oakland, CA, May 30, 1976
Included here is an audio recording and photos of the show and a concert review of Marley’s performance at the Paramount the previous year (1975).


Venue: Paramount Theater
Date: May 30, 1976

City: Oakland
State/Province: California
Country: United States
Recording Source Audience
Band Line-up
Bob Marley, vocals, rhythm guitar
Aston Barrett, bass
Carlton Barrett, drums
Donald Kinsey, lead guitar
Earl “Chinna” Smith, lead guitar
Tyrone Downie, keyboards
Alvin Patterson, percussion
The I-Threes, backing vocals
1. “Trenchtown Rock”
2. “Burnin’ And Lootin'”
3. “Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)”
4. “Rebel Music (3 O’Clock Roadblock)”
5. “I Shot The Sheriff”
6. “Want More”
7. “No Woman, No Cry”
8. “Lively Up Yourself”
9. “Roots, Rock, Reggae”
10. “Positive Vibration”
11. “Get Up, Stand Up” -> “No More Trouble” -> “War” -> “No More Trouble” -> “Get Up, Stand Up”
Photos:  Bob Marley performs at the Paramount Theater, Oakland, CA, 1976.  All photos © Larry Schorr.

Many thanks to my good friend and blog contributor Fred ‘Reggaelover P’ for this post!  Please visit his website at


It was an honor and a great pleasure to be interviewed by my friend DJ Allen Nattymouse for the Reggae Kulture Show, an outstanding weekly reggae roots and culture show.  Allen’s talent as a DJ and interviewer is surpassed only by his love and deep understanding of this music we call reggae.

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‘San Francisco Dubwise,’ Black Echoes, August 1, 1981

From the archives of MIDNIGHT RAVER BLOG contributor Doug Wendt AKA ‘MIDNIGHT DREAD,’ comes a very early story on an emerging subgenre of sound called ‘DUB.’

Please visit MIDNIGHT DREAD at his website ( for deep reggae archives.  Also, please visit his Facebook page also.  Give thanks to the MIDNIGHT DREAD for this great article.


Here is one of my favorites:  a haunting dub track from Lee Perry called “Bird In Hand.”

Jack Ruby’s Hi-Fi (Auralux) 1981

What we have here is a full showcase-style dyed in the wool stormer. Ruby is the infamous producer linked to the Ocho Rios – Sound of Saint Anns, best known perhaps for his production associations with Burning Spear around the start of their Island career, Justin Hinds of the Dominoes, as well as numerous high calibre artists, think The Gaylads, Big Youth, King Tubby, Errol Thompson and some of the artists featured here, Ken Booth, Black Disciples and his long term studio associates.

“Hi-Fi” is an album originally appearing on Brooklyn’s little known but genre-breaking Clappers label, “a weapon without compromise” as their chairman once put it, a label which ushered the transition of reggae into early New York dancehall and beyond, spawning early crossover hip-hop classics from the likes of Brother D and Silver Fox.

Here Ruby focusses on four vocals segued into four full length dubs: Ken Booth’s voice has to be one of the most divine instruments in all music if not reggae, ‘Peace Time’ rides a delicious guitar line – Booth is in fine fettle on a lyric for universal peace , and the whomping ‘Khomeini skank’ version establishes this somewhere at the turn of the seventies. Lennox Miller’s take on Delroy Wilson’s alltime big one ‘Better Must Come’ is a belter – lively drummatical version and a wicked Jah Coller deejay version, 12 minutes plus of sublime reggae. Usual high quality Auraluxx job, mastered from vinyl, but this has resulted in the fantastic warmth and intimacy of these timeless recordings.

Ziggy Marley: Live at the Howard Theatre, Washington, D.C., June 13, 2012


Today I’m sharing with you a real rarity – something you will not find anywhere else on the web. Ziggy Marley was in Washington, D.C. on June 13, 2012 to kick off his North American Wild and Free Summer Tour at the historic, and newly refurbished, Howard Theater near the campus of Howard University. I covered the show for World-A-Reggae and obtained this lossless audio recording of the show. I’ve seen Ziggy Marley countless times over the past 20+ years, the first being July 3, 1990 at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA. They were opening for the B-52s.


Ziggy, backed by Santa Davis (formerly of Soul Syndicate – think Niney The Observer) on drums, Takeshi Akimoto on guitar (sickness), Pablo Stennett on bass, Bezy Coleman on guitar, and Rock Deardrick on percussion just blew the place up. This band is an absolute force to be reckoned with. The Howard Theater couldn’t contain their energy that night. The show was out of this world.

Ziggy Marley on stage at Howard Theatre

So here is the show, recorded and transferred by the MIDNIGHT RAVER, presented for the very first time for your listening pleasure.

CLICK HERE to read my review of the show at

Ziggy Marley
Howard Theatre
Washington, DC
June 13, 2012

*Kick-off show to North American Wild and Free tour

Olympus WS-803 -> WAV -> Audacity -> FLAC

1. Brothers and Sisters
2. Get Out
3. Personal Revolution
4. Justice-Get Up-War
5. Still The Storms
6. Reggae In My Head
7. Let Jah Will Be Done
8. Forward To Love
9. Is This Love
10. Rainbow In The Sky
11. Changes
12. True To Myself
13. Tomorrow People
14. Look Who’s Dancing
15. Wild and Free
16. Positive Vibration


Recorded and transferred by Midnight Raver
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