Exodus (Deluxe Edition)
(Tuff Gong / Island)

BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS: Exodus (Deluxe Edition) (Tuff Gong / Island) In 1999, Time magazine proclaimed Bob Marley & The Wailers' Exodus "the most important album of the 20th century." To many, this is Marley's masterpiece, and rightly so. Recorded in London, shortly after an attempt on his life, Marley seemed a bit more reflective than on previous records. Still, Exodus has everything that one would expect from a Bob Marley album--powerful political songs, rumbling statements like the title track, plus heartfelt love songs like "Turn Your Lights Down Low"--all rolled into 46 minutes of aural brilliance. This was Marley's biggest record to date (and the first to go gold in the US), generating the international hits "Jamming," "Waiting in Vain" and "One Love/People Get Ready."

Meticulously remastered from the original recordings, the original 10-song album has been expanded to fill up two full CDs, containing previously unreleased B-sides, alternate versions, and inspired live tracks from Marley's infamous 1977 show at the Rainbow Theatre in London (which actually surpass the studio performances). One of the coolest things they added was the radio ad used to promote the album. The package includes the original album art, plus additional photos and extensive liner notes. Marley may have fled his homeland of Jamaica after the attempt on his life, but the resulting album successfully brought reggae home to the rest of the world.

© 2001 Tim Hartin
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