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Wailers Rehearse At Capitol Records, Hollywood, 1973

It’s October 1973 and the Wailers are making their way to California from Las Vegas.  They’ve been touring since April.  London. Edmonton. Leicester.  Southampton.  Boston.  New York City.  Florida.  Kentucky.  Denver.  Back to Jamaica for a short break.  Philadelphia.  San Francisco….

They fell on hard times in Las Vegas a few days ago when Sly Stone of Sly and the Family Stone left them stranded.  They were opening for Sly in Las Vegas, just as they had been doing for most of the tour, when Sly just kicked them off the tour and left them stranded to hitch hike back to California.  Word is The Wailers were outplaying Sly and the Family Stone every night and Sly’s ego couldn’t deal.  The real reason varies based on who you ask.

Click HERE to read a scathing review of one of the shows.

And now, to L.A. to play a private set at the legendary Capitol Records.  Bob now understands why Bunny refuses to tour.  It’s hell on the mind and body.  Tuff Gong

Joe Higgs is in the van.  Bunny won’t tour but Joe will.  Joe is a surrogate father to these youths.  It’s because of him that they are here.  Those long, hot afternoons rehearsing in his living room, each singing his heart out hoping that Joe will hear something worth molding.  Higgs worked with the boys for years, constantly identifying and honing each boys’ skills, establishing the foundation of what would become the greatest force in music several years later.

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Today I share with you amazing video footage and audio of The Wailers’ rehearsal set at the Capitol Records studios in Hollywood on October 24, 1973.  This performance occurs just days after their lauded appearance at The Matrix in San Francisco and just days before their legendary private show at the Record factory in Sausalito, CA.

As fans, we are so lucky to have these early performances recorded.  Many of the 1973 shows were recorded and almost all are in pristine condition.  The same goes for video.  Several of their 1973 performances were recorded and subsequently upgraded over the years.  The Capitol Records performance is one of the best when it comes to the media quality.

I have included the entire session for viewing.  This version has been upgraded several times and does not include the annoying timer block at the bottom (like many other versions).  I must thank my good friend Dubwise Garage for sharing this version with me.  Big Up!

I can’t say enough about this video.  All the players are here:  Marley, Tosh, Wya, Familyman, Carlton, Joe Higgs.  The set list is amazing and the band is as tight as ever.  Enjoy!

Capitol Records Rehearsal (Full) 1973 from midnightraverblog.com on Vimeo.

The Wailers
Capitol Records Rehearsal
October 24, 1973

1 You Can’t Blame The Youth
2 Slave Driver
3 Burnin’ And Lootin’
4 Rastaman Chant
5 Duppy Conqueror
6 Midnight Raver
7 Put It On
8 Stop That Train
9 Kinky Reggae
10 Stir It Up
11 No More Trouble
12 Get Up Stand Up





  1. Harry Stuut says:

    Bob in the Lead, he is in total control, very good sound tho for begin 70’s….Goosbumps all over

    1. marleyrkives says:

      excellent recording

  2. Mark says:

    Nice, very nice…do you have the whole recording of their BBC2 Old Grey Whistle Test? Irie, Peace Love and Harmony

    1. marleyrkives says:

      I do, yes. Soon come…

  3. DJ Jonathan E. aka Jackdaw says:

    I’m hoping to download the FLACs for THE WAILERS CAPITOL RECORDS REHEARSAL OCTOBER 24, 1973 aka the recording released in Japan under the name “Intro To The Matrix”, but I’m getting a request for a password, which, try as I might, I can’t see anywhere on this most excellent site — and I’ve really looked believe me. It would be much appreciated if such a thing could be passed on. I’m feeling like I’m either dumb and unobservant or Harry Stuut and Mark are super smart with great eyesight! Perhaps the latter is better. Anyway, thanks in advance. Really is a fabulous site all round; obviously a lot of work and thought went into it — not mention love and devotion.

    1. marleyrkives says:

      There should not be one. My mistake. I will fix now.

  4. DJ Jonathan E. aka Jackdaw says:

    Looking very good now.

  5. Marcus says:

    The file doesn´t exist anymore. Could you please upload it?

  6. Marcus says:

    The file doesn´t exist anymore. Could you please re-upload it?

  7. 60cycle says:

    None of the links I can find have Rastaman Chant. Can you point me in the right direction? Thanks for the great upload!

  8. Jimmi says:

    Is this version (with Rastaman Chant + Burnin’ and Lootin’) in print or available for sale anywhere? I’ve been looking for many moons.

    1. Yes, there is a Japanese release called BMW Studio Recordings Intro to the Matrix CD

      1. fredreggaelover says:

        attention this japanese release is a bootleg i believe

  9. KEN says:

    Can you please re-up the flac file? Maximum respect for a great site.

    1. midnightraverblog says:


  10. KEN says:

    Thanks . . . but that WAV file is missing You Can’t Blame the Youth and the end of Get Up Stand Up is cut. Also there may be extra Duppy Conquerors.

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