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The deluxe edition of Kaya offers up a generous extra 14 tracks on top of the initial 10 on Bob Marley & The Wailers’ 1978 album. Though it was recorded during the same sessions that yielded the songs for their preceding LP, Exodus, Kaya is a noticeably softer-sounding record. Along with the mildly bouncing title track, the slightly dubby “Sun Is Shining” first appeared on the group's 1973 Lee Perry–produced album African Herbsman. But here it’s the opening song, “Easy Skanking,” that sets a mellow mood with slow-burning roots reggae and some soulful backing vocals sung by The I Threes. Throughout Kaya, themes of love, optimism, and spirituality abound. “Is This Love” is easily the most amorous (and catchiest) song; it climbed to No. 9 in the U.K. shortly after its release. Marley had a knack for giving sad songs a silver lining. “She’s Gone” balances breakup lyrics with buoyant melodies, and in “Time Will Tell” he sings “Think you’re in heaven/But you’re living in hell” with a palpable smile in his voice.

Customer Reviews

Horrible quality

I'm a huge fan of Bob. That being said, I'm also a realist. I'm not just a devotee that blindly loves everything he did. I love a lot of his early stuff, his hits, and a few of his later and lesser known tracks, but a lot of his later, non-hits are fairly weak with repetitive choruses and parroted by background singers to death.
That's the case with a lot of the songs on this album. At times I felt like this album should have listed the artist as Bob Marley and His Parrots. Almost everything he said, there'd be an annoying repeat of the last few words by talentless background echoes. So if a line ended with "satisfy my soul", you could bet you'd hear the women go "soul." Lots of the songs play like a cheesy song from Shaft. So formulaic and uninspired. Bob was capable of some of the most timeless and, at the same time, most uncreative tunes ever.
Obviously Is This Love and Satisfy My Soul are great and I did find some new songs that were pretty good that I wasnt aware of, but a lot of it is weak. And the live album quality is just awful.
You can make out some decent guitar licks at certain points and I do like the live version of Is This Love. It has a distinct feel to it that gives the song a new light.
Overall, though, I already have the hits from this album and there's only about 4 others that are worth purchasing.

Miss Him

Man I really wish this great artist could be here today to have new albums.


Marking its release 35 years ago, Island's Kaya is a masterpiece and here features 24 remastered tracks: originals, Smile Jamaica and an unreleased Dutch concert. Worth the extra, with hits that remain timeless and among Marley's all-time best.


Born: February 6, 1945 in St. Ann, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

Reggae's most transcendent and iconic figure, Bob Marley was the first Jamaican artist to achieve international superstardom, in the process introducing the music of his native island nation to the far-flung corners of the globe. Marley's music gave voice to the day-to-day struggles of the Jamaican experience, vividly capturing not only the plight of the country's impoverished and oppressed but also the devout spirituality that remains their source of strength. His songs of faith, devotion, and revolution...
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