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Editors’ Notes

1976’s Rastaman Vibration is often cited as the album that finally broke Bob Marley into the American pop market. While this may be true from a sales standpoint, musically Rastaman Vibration is in fact something of a welcome stylistic digression for Marley, who paused to record this album of rough-hewn reggae in the midst of his metamorphosis from Rasta proselytizer to pop star. Since signing with Island Records in 1973 Marley had been inching away from the deep, dreader-than-dread sound of his early Lee Perry helmed recordings, crafting a brighter pop sound with more universal appeal. Rastaman Vibration, however, found Marley collaborating with veteran Jamaican producer Joe Gibbs, whose trademark heavyweight sound lends the album a welcome dose of bass-laden foreboding. On the thundering “War” Marley quotes Haile Sellassie over a stuttering, strangulated rhythm that drips with the threat of imminent violence, while the creeping drum machines of “Johnny Was” lend a sense of tragic inevitability to Marley’s tale of an inner city shooting. Rastaman Vibration is unquestionably one of Marley’s most accomplished albums, a welcome return to the rough and ready sound upon which he had built his reputation. This expanded reissue of Rastaman Vibration comes complete with a bonus album documenting Marley and the Wailers’ fiery 1976 performance at The Roxy in Los Angeles in support of Rastaman Vibration’s release.

Customer Reviews

This is the real deal

When I remember Bob Marley, I always think back to Rastaman Vibration. I played this album until I wore it out when I first got it in the early seventies, when it came out, a note on the inside of the album said"use this to roll your joints with", and we did! Cry to me,Johnny was, not to mention the opening tracks were definitive Marley, the best he ever wrote, and the added bonus tracks from the Roxy made me plunk down the 20 bucks. Long live Bob Marley!

One of his leading albums ever

And for regggae his most intence. All the songs are classics, and with this kind of production got him noticed. He made it look so easy, with this album it's almost as good as Exodus. A masterpiece in Reggae.


Until the philosophy which hold one race Superior and another inferior Is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned Everywhere is war, me say war Those are some of bobs great lyrics and if you have a chance check out the video for positve vibration on youtube its Great


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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