The Original Wailers’ new album “Miracle” was released through MRG Recordings on April 10, 2012, and we have a new Al Anderson interview to go with it!
Al Anderson is the sole original member of the Wailer’s classic 70′s line-up in The Original Wailers.The reformed configuration includes Desi Hyson (Vocals/Keyboards), Steve Samuels (Bass Guitar), Paapa Nyarkoh (Drums) and Marty Batista (Keyboards and Organ) that carry forward the true spirit and realities of the original music and the message of “One Love”.
According to Anderson, his main ambition is to promote The Original Wailers’ new EP Miracle. Their live performances will include songs from this EP as well as classics of the past including songs from Legend. Four songs from the album are penned by singer & keyboardist, Desi Hyson. Backup-singer Erica Newell, formerly of the Melody Makers sings on the cover of Our Day Will Come.
Miracle is reminiscent to the the words, sound and power of the original three: Peter Tosh, Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer. The album was done live in real time, with no drum machines, to keep the spirit of the music original and alive. As Al has stated, “When we got together in 1974 at the National Arena in Jamaica, it made an impact on my life musically to date and being part of those three original Wailers left me the standard of their musical genius.”
You can read Reggaeville’s interview with Al Anderson HERE.
So I found a most interesting Island Records 7″ that I wanted to share with everybody. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard it, but it currently ranks #13 on Juno Records’ Bestsellers List.
Side A is the Wailers’ classic “Get Up, Stand Up”, written by Peter Tosh, over the InI Kamoze “World A Reggae” riddim (performed by Sly and Robbie) from his self-titled debut. You might notice this classic riddim as the same one that Damian Marley sings over on the 2005 smash “Welcome To Jamrock.” It’s an interesting sound to say the least. I’ve always thought “World A Reggae” to be one of the all-time best riddims by Sly and Robbie, maybe their best.
In my humble opinion, InI Kamoze still owns this riddim.
Side B is an early rendition of the Wailers’ standard “Stir It Up.” It might even be a live version. I really can’t tell and there is no information on it on the Juno Records website. Pardon my ignorance. If anyone knows, please let me know by comment or through email.
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Today I am sharing a small collection of lossless (FLAC) audio files that currently circulate as the “So Much Trouble Interview.” Based on the documents traded with the files, it appears that the interview was originally seeded at Reggae Traders in 2007.
The recordings are actually quite stunning. The audio tracks feature Bob Marley freestyling over various mixes of the Bob Marley and the Wailers‘ track “So Much Trouble In The World”, which appears on the Survival album. Interspersed within the audio tracks is a conversation or “interview” between Bob Marley and noted JBC music journalist and reporter Dermot Hussey.
For those who do not know, Dermot Hussey is a legend in Jamaica. He conducted many in-depth and thought-provoking interviews with reggae royalty in the 70s and 80s. Musicians like Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, and Jimmy Cliff (just to name a few) called Dermot a friend. He conducted the legendary 45-minute interview with Peter Tosh on JBC radio in December 1976. He produced the Bob Marley interview that was released on the Talkin’ Blues album AND the now infamous “Love Gong Documentary” about Bob Marley in 1980. He was awarded the prestigious Musgrave Medal in Jamaica for his lifelong service to media and music. He co-authored Bob Marley: Reggae King of the World with Malika Lee Whitney and contributed his writings on media and music to Encyclopedia Britannica. In 2008, he was inducted into the Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Hall of Fame for his contribution to music. In 1987 he was tapped to read the eulogy for Peter Tosh at his funeral.
For more than 30 years, Hussey has written books, liner notes, and consulted on films. He currently hosts a reggae show on XM radio which airs on The Joint.
I consulted Dermot yesterday about the source of these recordings. According to Dermot, the recordings are outtakes from a television program he produced called “Nommo.” The Bantu term nommo denotes the magical power of words to cause change. The audio was recorded at Tuff Gong studios in 1979 while Hussey was producing a profile on Marley for the show. The program in question was produced at the time of the opening of Tuff Gong at 56 Hope Road.
Here is Dermot Hussey speaking about his memories of Bob Marley:
Many thanks to Dermot Hussey for graciously granting me permission to share this audio with my readers and for sharing vital information about the source of these audio files.
Bob Marley 1979/xx/xx So Much Trouble interview, 56 Hope Road, Kingston, JA ?>EAC>FLAC(8)