Annotation

Try to choose the correct recordings when you add a release here.

There are at least three mastering versions

1. old masters
2. Barry Diament and Rob Fraboni remaster (undated yet)
3. Ted Jensen remaster (2001, New York)

1. and 2. booklets seem to say it’s the 1975-07-18 recordings.
3. booklet says they used the 1975-07-19 performance recordings.

A deluxe version, including both recorded days is pending.

Annotation last modified on 2011-09-07 15:35 UTC.

Album + Live

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Live!12" Vinyl7
  • GB1975-12-05
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)ILPS 9376
Live!12" Vinyl7
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)ILPS 9376[none]
Live!(unknown)7
Tuff Gong422-846 203-1
Live at the LyceumVinyl7
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)7 90032-1
Live!CD7
Tuff Gong422-846 203-2042284620321
Live!CD7
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)7 90032-2, 90032-2075679003225
Live at the LyceumCD7
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)258 129 CID 93764007192581290
Live!CD7
  • US1990-05-31
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Tuff Gong422-846 203-2042284620321
Live!CD7
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Tuff Gong846 203-2042284620321
Live!CD7
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Tuff Gong258 1294007192581290
Live!CD7
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Tuff Gong846 203-2, TGLCD 4042284620321
Live! (New York 2001 Ted Jensen remastering of 1975-07-18 recordings)CD8
  • XW2001-06-12
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Tuff Gong548 896-2731454889629
Live!CD8
  • JP2001-07-04
Universal International (Japanese label; release must say “制作:Universal International” AND have no logos other than “Universal Music”)UICY-31744988005272423
Live! (limited edition)SHM-CD8
  • JP2008-01-23
USM Japan (read the annotation before using!)UICY-907884988005502308
Live! (Deluxe Edition)Digital Media22
  • XW2016-12-16
Tuff Gong602557251944
Live!Digital Media22
Tuff Gong602557254266
Live!CD7Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)846 203-2042284620321
Live!CD7Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Tuff Gong846 203-2, TGLCD 4042284620321
Live!CD7Tuff Gong258 1294007192581290
Live at the LyceumDigital Media7Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)
(unknown)
Live!CD7
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)258 129 CID 93764007192581290
Live!3×12" Vinyl8 + 7 + 7
  • US2016-12-16
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Tuff Gong, UMe (imprint of Universal Music Enterprises)B0025573-01602557109436

Relationships

included in:The Box Set
The Complete Collection: The Island Years
part of:The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever (number: 79) (order: 79)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/107556 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/4gcz [info]
other databases:https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/29707/ [info]
Wikidata:Q935400 [info]

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Following the success of his first major crossover album, Catch A Fire, Bob Marley had easily coped with the loss of Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer with his first album as 'Bob Marley And The Wailers', Natty Dread. Recorded on the final leg of that album's promotional tour in the UK (at London's Lyceum) this seminal live document captures almost exactly the point where both roots reggae and Rastafarianism finally entered popular culture.

Capturing the band at the peak of their powers with a set list that held absolutely no low points, another factor which made Live! such a success was the sweet backing vocals of the I Threes (featuring Bob's wife Rita) who had first appeared on Natty Dread. Along with the lithe guitar of Al Anderson and the percussion of Alvin 'Seeco' Patterson, this was a Wailers that could more than handle the lusher, fuller rock reggae that transformed Marley's Rastaman diatribes into pop gold. No one before this had combined both roots and r 'n' b in this way. Just listen to the bluesiness of Burnin' And Lootin'.

While Jah Bob's stock remained fairly low in the USA, here in the UK (and of course in his native Jamaica) he was approaching the status of new messiah. Listen to the way the crowd take over No Woman No Cry and the sheer glee with which they greet Kinky Reggae or I Shot The Sheriff. Remember, at this point, he'd yet to hit the singles charts on these shores, but he'd already won his core audience, uniting both black and white as well as working and middle classes with his songs of universal struggle and religious metaphor.

Rumoured to be released soon in its unedited form, Live! remains a key text in understanding why Marley is justly regarded as such a musical alchemist.