~ UPRISING LIVE! DVD – Capturing Bob Marley’s last ever tour before his tragically early death, the Uprising Tour of 1980 spanned both Europe and the US. This live show from Dortmund’s Westfalenhalle was filmed for the famous German music TV series Rockpalast on June 13th 1980, featuring Bob Marley on superb form. Expertly delivering a set of hit singles and classic album tracks, Marley’s energetic, charismatic performance includes ‘I Shot the Sheriff,’ ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ and ‘No Woman, No Cry’ and the film has been substantially restored to a high level.
~ Rastaman Vibration released on 30 April 1976. The album was a great success in the US, becoming the first Bob Marley release to reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart (peaking at number 8), in addition to releasing Marley’s most popular US single “Roots, Rock, Reggae”, the only Marley single to reach the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at no. 51. Synthesizers are featured prominently on this album, adding a breezy embellishment to otherwise hard-driving songs with strong elements of rock guitar.
~ Kaya is a roots reggae album released in 1978. The album consists of tracks recorded alongside those present on the Exodus album in 1977.
The album has a very relaxed, laid back sound, lacking much of the militant quality of the Wailers lyrically and musically. They received criticism for ‘going soft’ as a result of the general sound of the album as well as the theme: songs primarily revolving around love, as well as marijuana.
~ Babylon by Bus is a live album released by Bob Marley and the Wailers in 1978. The tracks on this album are considered, with two exceptions, to be from the Pavillon de Paris concerts over 3 nights, 25–27 June 1978, during the Kaya Tour.
~ Survival was released in 1979. It has an outwardly militant theme. In the song “Africa Unite”, Marley proclaims Pan-African solidarity. The song “Zimbabwe” is a hymn dedicated to later-independent Rhodesia. The song was performed at Zimbabwe’s Independence Celebration in 1980, just after the official declaration of Zimbabwe’s independence.
Survival was originally to be called Black Survival to underscore the urgency of African unity, but the name was shortened to prevent misinterpretations of the album’s theme.
~ Uprising is from 1980. Marley died the following year, and Uprising was the final studio album released during his lifetime. This album is one of Marley’s most directly religious, with nearly every song addressing his Rastafarian beliefs, culminating in the acoustic recording of “Redemption Song”.
~ Confrontation was, released posthumously in May 1983, two years after Marley‘s death. The songs on this album were compiled from unreleased material and singles recorded during Marley’s lifetime. Many of the tracks were built up from demos, most notably Jump Nyabinghi where vocals from the I-Threes were added, which were not there when Marley released the song as a dubplate in 1979. In addition the harmony vocals on “Blackman Redemption” and “Rastaman Live Up” are performed by the I-Threes in order to give the album a consistent sound – on the original single versions they are performed by The Meditations. The most famous track on the album is “Buffalo Soldier.”