July 7, 1978. Bob Marley taps his favorite reggae band to open his gig at Ahoy Hallen, Rotterdam. I have included a review of the show which was published in the August 1978 issue of Black Music & Jazz Review. Marley’s stellar performance was officially released last year as part of the Kaya Deluxe Edition album set, however, Steel Pulse’s opening set has never been officially issued. I have included it below along with a review of the Handsworth Revolution album, which was published in the same issue.
Forty years ago this year, Island released Bob Marley’s landmark album Live!. The album, which includes live tracks from his performance at London’s Lyceum Theatre, captured the energy and essence of that amazing performance like few live albums have. The forthcoming Universal/Island release Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Easy Skanking in Boston ’78 is a tremendous live recording and Marley’s best live album since 1975.
To kick off the celebration of Bob Marley’s 70th birthday year, Universal/Island, in association with Tuff Gong Records, will release Bob Marley & the Wailers’Easy Skanking in Boston ’78 on February 17, 2015. The release of this long-awaited live performance, which took place at Boston’s Music Hall on June 8, 1978, features Bob Marley and the Wailers performing a thirteen-song set of Marley’s most politically significant and socially conscious songs, and just might be Marley’s best-produced live album since the critically-acclaimed 1975 album Live!.
In keeping with the Kaya theme (check my review of the forthcoming Bob Marley and the Wailers Easy Skanking in Boston ’78) I present to you another fascinating interview with the great Bob Marley from the April 1978 issue of Black Music & Jazz Review. The title of the interview article is Close Encounters of the ‘Erb Kind. Fresh off his smash album Exodus, Marley was already an internationally-recognized figure in the rock and roll scene. In the interview, journalist Chris May discusses the National Front Movement in the UK. The National Front is a far-right, whites-only political party, some members of which had taken to beating non-whites in the streets. Bob’s opinion of the organization and his response to May’s questions is really startling. He also discusses his upcoming trip back to Jamaica for the first time since his assassination attempt in December 1976 to play the One Love Peace Concert. May also gives the high marks to the Kaya album, which at the time was being panned by rock critics as a sell-out album for Marley.
Also included in the issue is a review of the Kaya album:
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