Bob Marley, Steel Pulse, Rotterdam 1978

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.

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Bob Marley & the Wailers’ Easy Skanking in Boston ’78: Marley’s best live album ?

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!.

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Close Encounters of the ‘Erb Kind: An Interview With Bob Marley, Black Music, April 1978

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.

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Also included in the issue is a review of the Kaya album:

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Reggae MD Prescription – January 25th 2015 radiogram from Midnight Dread

Providing soulutions and musical uplifters to restore any metabolism:

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This specialized Reggae MD Prescription is just the ticket to feeling well-charged, vital, ital, and totally alert to your surroundings with no side effects except higher consciousness. Ask your doctor for these ingredients, a full attribution exclusive to Midnight Raver:

“Doctor Sure Shot” Dandy & The Israelites – Let’s Catch The Beat – Trojan 2003
“Freedom Of Speech” Thrive – Rhymesayers ep 2012
“I Want Justice” Delroy Wilson – Wailers & Friends – Heartbeat 1999
“Justice” Tiken Jah Fakoly feat. U Roy – Francafrique – Barclay 2002
“Let Us Do Something” Joe Higgs – Blackman Know Yourself – Shanachie 1990
“Cheer Up” Rue Lloyd & Mabrak – Melodica Melodies lp – Trojan 1981
“Humility (edit)” Groundation – Building An Ark – VP 2012
“Heart-Shaped Box” Little Roy – Battle For Seattle – Ark Recordings 2011
“Keep Chanting” Tchiya Amet – Celestial Folk Music – Milky Way 2012
“Put Love First” Inner Circle – State Of Da World – Shanachie 2009
“Fig Tree” Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man – Island 2002
“Mystic Man (Long Version)” Peter Tosh – Mystic Man – EMI 2002
“Slogans” Bob Marley & The Wailers – Africa Unite: The Singles Collection – Tuff Gong 2005
“Ramba” The Swans – Version To Version lp – Trojan 1972
“Collie Burning” Sambo Jim – UK 7″ – Harry J 1974
“Meditation Dub” Augustus Pablo – 7″ – Landmark 2012
“Keep A Cool Head” Desmond Dekker – Rockin’ Steady: The Best Of Desmond Dekker – Rhino 1992
“Jamaica Woman” Etana – I Rise – VP 2014
“Come A Long Way” Tanya Stephens – Rebelution – VP 2006 Reggae
“Round and Round” Marcia Griffiths feat. Queen Ifrica – Marcia Griffiths and Friends – VP 2012
“Tenement Yard (News Carrying Dread)” Chronixx & Jacob Miller feat. Inner Circle – JA single – 2015

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Reggae, ska, rockin’ steady; sounds fired up and ready with this week’s Reggae MD Prescription. More healing sounds and awareness with last week’s Reggae MD Diagnosis. Listen twice and text me in the morning.