My selection for best reggae album so far this year is Bob Marley and the Wailers Easy Skanking: Boston 1978. This phenomenal live set, released on CD/LP/DVD/Blu-Ray, captures the group at the peak of their career at Boston’s Music Hall on June 8, 1978.
The band was coming off their now-historic performance at the One Love Peace Concert in April, their first performance back on the island since Marley’s attempted assassination and the Smile Jamaica concert in December 1976. They were touring the U.S. in support of their new album Kaya, which was released on March 23, 1978.
On June 8, 1978 they played two shows at the famed Boston Music Hall, a performing arts center located on Tremont Street in Boston. This venue was originally known as the Metropolitan Theatre when it opened in 1925. It seats more than 3,600 people. In 1962 it became the home of the Boston Ballet and was renamed the Music Hall.
“Rebel Music (3 O’Clock Road Block”
I have included a review of the show by Steve Morse of the Boston Globe.