“His music came to symbolize a religion, an entire musical style — and the country of Jamaica. On the 60th anniversary of his birth, fans celebrate the genius who brought reggae to the world. We discuss the legacy of Bob Marley. Guests: Roger Steffens, reggae historian Chris Wilson, A&R director, Heartbeat Records and Tanya Stephens, reggae singer and DJ.”
Please check out my new article on Washington, DC’s own SOJA at World-A-Reggae. I’ve been a big fan and supporter of this crew for over 10 years as they are my hometown collective. Seen too many shows to count, including the 2006 Get Wiser CD release shows at The State Theater featured on the Get Wiser DVD. I’ve provided the video footage below.
Get Wiser Release Party The State Theater Falls Church, VA 2006
Bunny “Striker” Lee was instrumental in producing early dub music, working with his friend and dub pioneer King Tubby in the early 1970s. Lee and Tubby were experimenting with new production techniques, which they called “implements of sound.”Working with equipment that today would be considered primitive and limiting, they produced tracks that consisted of mostly the rhythm parts mixed with distorted or altered versions of a song.
With all the bass and drum ting now, dem ting just start by accident, a man sing off key, an when you a reach a dat you drop out everything an leave the drum, an lick in the bass, an cause a confusion an people like it…
What you have here is a fine selection of Bunny “Striker” Lee, starting with some early reggae hits by Delroy Wilson and Slim Smith, then passing thru the era of the “flying cymbals” courtesy of the drummer Santa Davis and closing with some crucial heavyweight tunes by one of the most prolific singers of the Bunny Lee camp, Johnny Clarke.
Delroy Wilson – Have some mercy Delroy Wilson – This old heart of mine Delroy Wilson – Better must come Alton Ellis – Breaking up Slim Smith – Let me go girl Dawn Penn – Me never hold you John Holt – Happy go lucky girl Pat Kelly – Just don’t know what to do Bob Marley – Mr chatterbox Dennis Alcapone – Horse and buggy Prince Far I – Cream of the crop Jah Stitch – Killer Cornell Campbell – The gorgon speaks Barry Brown – The godfather Horace Andy – Better collie Johnny Clarke – Rock with me Johnny Clarke – None shall escape Johnny Clarke – Joshua Johnny Clarke – Jah bless Joshua Johnny Clarke – Declaration of rights Johnny Clarke – Love your brothers and sisters
Please Note: Based on recommendation, I have removed the download link for this show. It is a fact that this show is featured on the official release of Talkin’ Blues, however, there is a noticeable difference between the raw audio from the soundboard and the remastered audio on Talkin’ Blues. Nonetheless, I can’t risk heat coming down on the blog with this in mind.
The Wailers are making their way up and down the California coast when they are asked to play a radio spot for KSAN radio at the Record Plant in Sausalito, CA on October 31, 1973. They book this gig based on their recent lively performances at The Matrix in San Francisco. KSAN hyped The Wailers from the start, always spinning their music on the progressive rock station.
The Record Plant was a series of three famous recording studios which were founded by Gary Kellgren and Chris Stone, beginning in New York City in 1968. The next year, Kellgren and Stone opened a second studio in Los Angeles. In 1972, the company expanded again with a third location in Sausalito, California. On October 28, 1972, Kellgren and Stone opened the Northern California location in Sausalito, throwing a Halloween party to celebrate Studio A going on line. Ginger Mews, ex-manager of Wally Heider Studios, was named studio manager of Sausalito Music Factory, doing business as Record Plant, and construction continued on the similarly equipped Studio B with completion expected in February 1973.The 10,700-square-foot building was a former office suite covered with diagonal redwood siding in an industrial park near Sausalito’s harbor facilities. Kellgren worked with Hidley to design Studio A and Studio B to have the same size and the same “dead” acoustics, and both were fitted with Hidley-designed Westlake monitors.
Record Plant, Sausalito, CA
“Live From The Plant” premiered in 1973 as a live radio showcase for new and existing talent. It was broadcast on Donahue’s album-oriented rock station KSAN (FM) from time to time over the next two years, primarily on Sunday nights, and it featured various artists such as the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, The Tubes, Peter Frampton, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Pablo Cruise, Rory Gallagher, The Marshall Tucker Band, Jimmy Buffett, Bonnie Raitt, Link Wray, Linda Ronstadt and Fleetwood Mac.
An interesting note about The Record Plant-To satisfy the wishes of Sly Stone, one of the office spaces at the studio was turned into an unusual recording studio dubbed “The Pit”.The Pit was a 140-square-foot, acoustically dead room that had the engineer’s controls sunk 10 feet into the foundation of the building, this pit was surrounded on all sides by a ground level area intended for the musicians. Its appearance was futuristic, with bright maroon plush carpet on the floors, walls, ceiling, and stairs.Psychedelic murals and embroidery added to the visual atmosphere.Sly Stone recorded in it from time to time but mostly it remained an unused curiosity—a “white elephant”, according to producer Jimmy Robinson—a room that new arrivals were shown to elicit an “oh wow, what a trip” response.
Another interesting note about the Record Plant Sausalito: Fleetwood Mac recorded the legendary Rumours album here in 1976-1977.
The Record Plant Sausalito closed it’s doors in 2008.
The Wailers, stuck in Las Vegas after Sly and the Family Stone drop them from the tour, and hitchhike to California to make the scheduled appearance on KSAN-FM. They manage to get to San Francisco and make their appearance, being met by an enthusiastic audience. Audiences on the California coast maintained a special affinity for Bob and the Wailers throughout the existence of the band. The KSAN performance comprises a blazing set of songs. The broadcast begins with Bob, Peter, and Joe Higgs performing “Rasta Man Chant” acoustically with just traditional Rastafarian hand drums as accompaniment. They then launch into a series of songs from the Catch A Fire and Burnin’ albums.
I have included the lossless (FLAC) audio files for the show and an article from the Long Beach Independent Press Telegram published on May 4, 1973 which discusses reggae as an emerging force in music.
2. Rastaman Chant,
3. Bend Down Low,
4. Slave Driver,
5. You Can’t Blame The Youth,
6. Stop That Train,
7. Burnin’ & Lootin’,
8. Kinky Reggae,
9. Get Up Stand Up,
10. Lively Up Yourself,
11. Walk The Proud Land,
“San Francisco. 1973. we were staying in a motel about a mile from the venue–a club with capacity of about 800, aptly called The Matrix. We were on tour supporting the “Burning” album. The morning after the gig–which for me until now was the most incredible performance i have been witness to–i rushed out to see if we had a review in the newspaper, The San Francisco Chronicle. i quickly flipped to the entertainment section. The headline said “Wailers Apocalyptic”….i was thrilled. We were a virtually unknown band and i had never seen a performance by band described anyway like that. i rushed to show Bob the ebullient review. He read it methodically then raised his eyes to me–barely smiled. A next step in the struggle. It was time to hit the road..”
This post is livicated to my great friend Fred in France. Fred is a long-time collector and a virtual encyclopedia of roots reggae.
This blog is truly run by good friends and fans. I worked tirelessly on writing the text, gathering the photos, creating the Mixcloud, and gathering the press archive. I go to obtain the FLAC audio for the show and it is nowhere to be found. I contact my good friend Fred in France and within minutes the FLAC is sitting in my inbox. I was speechless. Then, my main man Dubwise Garage responded with FLAC audio ripped directly from Roger Steffens’ tape of the show. It is amazing how many people have contributed to this blog in the interest of preserving the Wailers’ legacy.
This one-hour radio special from Joyride Media celebrates the commercial release of the recording of the final concert by Bob Marley and the Wailers. The final concert recording was released last year as “Bob Marley and the Wailers Live Forever.” It is an excellent live recording of Bob’s last show at The Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, PA on September 23, 1980-the last night Bob would ever grace the stage for adoring fans.
This one-hour radio special includes interviews, live music, and an excellent narrative that is both educational and inspiring. Definite download material.
The angelic Judy Mowatt of I-Three fame speaks about Bob Marley’s conversion to Christianity and his words from his death bed in Miami hospital.From Bread News International, a faith-based news program.
For all those who have emailed me requesting copies of the podcasts, I apologize but Mixcloud does not allow for downloads. However, there is a nifty add-on for your browser that you may download for free that allows you to download audio and video from just about any site. I have provided a link for both Mozilla users and IE users.
Reggae’s most transcendent and iconic figure, Bob Marley was the first Jamaican artist to achieve international superstardom, in the process introducing the music of his native island nation to the far-flung corners of the globe. Marley’s music gave voice to the day-to-day struggles of the Jamaican experience, vividly capturing not only the plight of the country’s impoverished and oppressed but also the devout spirituality that remains their source of strength. His songs of faith, devotion, and revolution created a legacy that continues to live on not only through the music of his extended family but also through generations of artists the world over touched by his genius. On this series, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Marley’s masterpiece “Exodus” as well as showcase his timeless and brilliant music.