Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Exodus12" Vinyl10
  • US1977-06-03
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)DLPS 9498, ILPS 9498[none]
Exodus12" Vinyl10
Island Records Ltd.ILP 33
Exodus12" Vinyl10
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)90034-1075679003416
ExodusCD10
  • ZA1990-03-26
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)GSCD 3416001210697138
ExodusCD10
  • US1990-05-31
Tuff Gong422-846 208-2042284620826
Exodus (club edition)CD10
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Tuff GongCCID 9498777499086326
ExodusCD10
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Tuff Gong258 1284007192581283
Exodus (club edition)CD10
Tuff GongI2 46208042284620826
ExodusCD10
  • DE1995-01-03
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)TGLCD 6042284620826
ExodusCD10
  • US1995-03-15
Mobile Fidelity Sound LabUDCD 628015775162822
Exodus12" Vinyl10
Mobile Fidelity Sound LabMFSL 1-221
Exodus (2001 deluxe edition)2×CD15 + 10
  • US2001-10-16
Tuff Gong586 408-2731458640820
ExodusCD12
  • US2001-11-13
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Tuff Gong314 548 898-2731454889827
ExodusCD10
  • US2001-11-13
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)422-846 208-2
Exodus (Bob Marley & The Wailers: The Definitive Remasters)CD12
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Tuff Gong548 898-2731454889827
Exodus(unknown)12
  • GB2001-11-19
ExodusCD12
  • -2002-07-23
Tuff Gong
Exodus (The Definitive Remasters)CD12
  • JP2007-05-09
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)UICY-68384988005471482
Exodus (30th Anniversary Edition)CD10
  • GB2007-06-04
  • -2007
Universal Island Records (not for release label use; a division of Universal Music Operations Limited)1734079602517340794
Exodus (30th Anniversary Edition)CD12
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Tuff Gong1734079602517340794
ExodusDigital Media10
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)602517340794
ExodusCD12
  • NL2011-11-03
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Tuff Gong548 542-50600753354254
ExodusDigital Media12
  • XW2013-12-10
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)602537663132
Exodus (The Movement Continues...) (40th anniversary edition, 2 CDs)2×CD10 + 10
  • XE2017-06-02
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Tuff Gong00602557591545602557591545
Exodus (40th anniversary - 3 CD in a book)3×CD10 + 10 + 8
  • US2017-06-02
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)602557546712602557546712
Exodus (Exodus 40 Deluxe Edition)3×Digital Media12 + 10 + 8
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)0602557664959
Exodus (Deluxe Edition)Digital Media25
  • XW2018-08-08
Tuff Gong602567848356
Exodus12" Vinyl10
  • GB2020-11-20
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Tuff Gong00602435082165602435082165
ExodusCD10Tuff Gong846208-29399084620824
ExodusCD10Tuff GongCID 9498060439949820
ExodusCD10Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Tuff Gong846 208-2, TGLCD 6042284620826
ExodusCD10Tuff Gong, BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. (BMG company that owned their direct marketing company/club editions)422-846 208-2, D 101679[none]
ExodusCD10Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)90034-2

Relationships

included in:The Box Set
The Complete Collection: The Island Years
part of:Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 71) (order: 71)
The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever (number: 80) (order: 80)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2003 edition (number: 169) (order: 169)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 169) (order: 169)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/65858 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/8dcz [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/bob_marley_and_the_wailers/exodus/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/29699/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000123937 [info]
Wikidata:Q913633 [info]

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There's a sense of splitting hairs when assessing Bob Marley albums. From 1975 to 1980 he exercised a level of long-player quality control unheard of in both singles-based reggae and popular music altogether. Yet a convincing case can be made for 1977's Exodus being top of the pile.

Widely considered to be his best work, no other album has as many tracks featured on Legend; the biggest selling reggae record of all time. Exodus was also recorded between two key events in the Marley story; the assassination attempt and the One Love Peace Concert, marking his transformation from rebel to superstar in the eyes of the world.

Fittingly, it's an album of two halves; opening with the slow fade-up of ''Natural Mystic'', followed by the exuberant ''So Much Things To Say''; with Bob's reggae-scat on the final verse mimicking the 'nonsense talk' all around him. ''Guiltiness'' and ''The Heathen'' explore darker territory, before the glorious primordial shuffle of the title track.

''Jamming'' signals the change in tone, followed by ''Waiting In Vain'' (how to write the perfect love song using a few deft strokes) and the Clapton-esque ''Turn Your Lights Down Low'' (how not to). The album closes with the uplifting ''Three Little Birds'', and Curtis Mayfield adaptation ''One Love''.

Exodus was book-ended by the less well-received Rastaman Vibration and Kaya, which, oddly, both possess the one thing Exodus doesn't; a sense of unity across the tracks. While the earlier songs could easily have ended up on Kaya (the sessions overlapped) the later ones sound like they came from a different session altogether.

So if you like an album to be a complete whole, try the blunted production of Kaya, the politically-savvy Survival, or the maturity of Uprising. For Bob's greatest song-writing, un-tempered by Peter, Bunny or Scratch, Exodus is king.