I have included here a link to download the 1979 Survival rehearsals demos. The NOTES.txt file includes all pertinent information regarding source, transfer, and upgrade. I also included a news article from the Jamaica Gleaner, published August 1979, which speaks to the success of the first single off the album called “Ambush In The Night.”
Originally slated to be titled Black Survival, Survival is an album with an outwardly militant theme which explores the themes of black nationalism, Pan-African solidarity, and injustice at all levels. Marley took a great risk in releasing such a politically and racially charged album, especially after releasing such a mellow album in Kaya the year prior.
The record album front cover by Neville Garrick depicts 48 flags of 47 African countries and one flag of a Pacific island nation (row 7, column 3; included because of Marley’s warm relations with tribes people ala the Maori and Hopi). Presumably the flags were in use when the album was designed, in preparation for publishing in 1979, though many became obsolete.
Bob Marley and the Wailers
SURVIVAL REHEARSAL 1979
01-could you be loved take 1 1:49
02-could you be loved take 2 6:30
03-survival (cut) 1:21
05-ride natty ride 21:39 (complete version)
DOWNLOAD LOSSLESS (FLAC) AUDIO
Thanks to my good friend Dubwise Garage for the audio.