As revealed in this February 28, 1981 article by Vivian Goldman, rumors were swirling that Bob Marley and the Wailers would make a comeback at Rita Marley’s scheduled performance at the Carnival of Caribbean Arts. It seems that nobody knew how sick Bob was at the time as Goldman speaks of a “possible relapse of his recent illness.”
Needless to say, the rumors were wrong and he did not appear as the surprise guest alongside wife Rita.
Included here is the Melody Makers very first single titled “Trodding.” Written by Bob Marley, produced by Rita Marley, and engineered by the great Errol Brown at Tuff Gong, the single was released on the Tuff Gong imprint circa 1985/86. The 7″ record is contained in a picture sleeve, which is displayed below.
Here is Junior Delgado’s work out of this classic Wailers/Leslie Kong collaboration…featuring the great Rita Marley of I-Three on backing vocals.
Recorded for the Beverley’s label, “Caution”/”Stop That Train” was released on Summit out of the UK in 1971. The song is notable for it’s true rocksteady riddim. Also of note is the vocal arrangement where the harmonies are as strong as the lead. The song, penned by Bunny Wailer, chronicles the search, frisk and abuse he underwent before being locked up for a lengthy period on account of a single spliff on a rainy night in Kingston (“When it wet it slippery, when it damp yuh crampy”).