Here is a classic Bob Marley and the Wailers performance at Manhattan Center, NYC, on June 21, 1975. In addition to the fantastic lossless audio, we now have some video which can only be described as phenomenal. As part of the ‘MARLEY’ documentary push in 2012, the Marley family had the video recording upgraded to high-definition, however, very little was actually featured in the film. It was released as a special feature on the Blu-Ray DVD of ‘MARLEY.’ Thing is, as far as I know, it is only featured on the DVD release in Europe. My DVD copy does not contain this footage. It is the highest quality video footage of a Marley performance in existence.
Bob Marley And The Wailers
June 21, 1975
Venue: Manhattan Center City: New York City State/Province: New York Country: United States Recording Source Audience
Bob Marley, vocals, rhythm guitar Aston Barrett, bass Carlton Barrett, drums Al Anderson, lead guitar Tyrone Downie, keyboards Alvin Patterson, percussion The I-Threes, backing vocals
1. “Trenchtown Rock” 2. “Slave Driver” 3. “Burnin’ And Lootin’” 4. “Concrete Jungle” 5. “Kinky Reggae” 6. “Midnight Ravers” 7. “Lively Up Yourself” 8. “No Woman, No Cry” 9. “Rebel Music (3 O’Clock Roadblock)” 10. “Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)” 11. “Natty Dread” 12. “I Shot The Sheriff” 13. “Nice Time” 14. “Talkin’ Blues” 15. “Bend Down Low” 16. “So Jah Seh” 17. “Get Up, Stand Up”
*This is a repost of an earlier posting about the Wailers’ 2013 Survival tour. It has been updated with the addition of the set list from the show. Autographed by Aston “Family Man” Barrett.
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Included here is my recording of the Wailers’ performance at the historic Howard Theatre in Washington, DC on January 13, 2013. After a well-received multimedia presentation by Roger Steffens, the Wailers take the stage to perform the Survival album. According to Steffens, this is the first time the Wailers are touring on an album in more than 40 years. While I am not a fan of the Wailers in particular (I find that a Wailers band without Bob is just not as intriguing…sorry), I must say that I really enjoyed this show. Why? 2 reasons. These songs are timeless…they never get old – and hearing them played live by a truly talented band gives the songs new life. 2. Drummie Zeb is the touring drummer for the Wailers, and has been, with a few breaks, since 1999. He owned the stage. His energy was infectious. In my opinion (and I’ve watched him since he was drumming for Richmond, VA’s Awareness Art Ensemble) his future status as a legendary reggae drummer is all but inevitable.
This is a partial recording. During the first encore break, I ran into Roger Steffens, who graciously took me backstage to see Family Man and Zeb. We vibed backstage during the break. When I told Fams how great they sounded (and they were tight tonight) he replies “Wailers like de moon that neva set.” I had the most interesting conversation with the Tour Manager Rich, who has been Fams’ personal assistant for more than 11 years. More soon come from him!
As for the recording, pretty standard audience recording.
The Wailers Survival Tour 2013 Howard Theatre 920 T Street, NW Washington, DC January 13, 2013
I spoke recently with Wailers historian and “U.S. Reggae Ambassador to the World” Roger Steffens regarding his recent tour of North America with The Wailers - a tour in which the band is showcasing the classic album Survival to a whole new generation of reggae fans. Roger opened each show with his wildly popular and informative Bob Marley and the Wailers multimedia presentation, which includes rare interviews, unreleased audio tracks, and even a video of Bob Marley’s impressive performance at the Amandla Festival in Boston, 1979. Fortunately I was able to sit down with RoJah at the end of the tour for a short chat about his experiences on the road with the most legendary reggae band on the planet.
So Roger, it’s always great when you can get out and show your Bob Marley and the Wailers multi-media presentation to the fans. It’s a hit everywhere. So what’s it been like to hit the road one more time with the Wailers (Roger was invited to tour with the band during the summer of 1979 during the west coast leg of the Survival tour)?
“Being on the road with the Wailers Band for nearly two months gave me a new appreciation for the back-breaking work of reggae’s touring musicians and crews. For my own part, I spent many post-show nights sleeping on a floor-level bunk, under Keith Sterling and another person, in a coffin-like confinement, bouncing to our next destination. At 70, it was a challenge.”
John Peel, was an English disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer and journalist. He was the longest serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, broadcasting regularly from 1967 until his death in 2004.
Peel’s Radio 1 shows were notable for the regular “Peel Sessions”, which usually consisted of four songs recorded by an artist live in the BBC’s studios, and which often provided the first major national coverage to bands that later would achieve great fame.
By all accounts, The Wailers made 2 visits to Peel’s show: 1 May 1973 and 26 November 1973. They played live in studio both times and were interviewed as well.
Aside from having one of the largest record collections in the world, Peel also owned thousands of studio interviews and performances spanning his 40 years in the business.