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Uprising (Remastered)

Bob Marley & The Wailers

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Album Review

Uprising would be the final studio album featuring Bob Marley & the Wailers to be released during Marley's lifetime. Prophetically, it also contains some of the band's finest crafted material, as if they were cogent that this would be their final outing. The album's blend of religious and secular themes likewise creates a very powerful and singular quest for spirituality in a material world. Although it is argued that an album's graphic design rarely captures the essence of the work inside, the powerful rebirthing image of a rock-solid Marley emerging with his arms raised in triumph could not be a more accurate visual description of the musical jubilation within. Musically, the somewhat staid rhythms often synonymous with reggae have been completely turned around to include slinky and liquid syncopation. "Work," "Pimper's Paradise," and the leadoff track, "Coming in From the Cold," are all significant variations on the lolloping Rasta beat. The major differences are the sonic textures that manipulate and fill those patterns. The inventive and unique guitar work of Al Anderson — the only American member of the original Wailers — once again redefines the role of the lead electric guitar outside of its standard rock & roll setting. "Zion Train" is awash in wah-wah-driven patterns, creating an eerie, almost ethereal backdrop against Marley's lyrics, which recollect images from Peter Tosh's "Stop That Train" all the way back on Marley & the Wailers' international debut, Catch a Fire. The final track on the original pressing of Uprising is "Redemption Song." Never has an artist unknowingly written such a beautiful and apropos living epitaph. The stark contrast from the decidedly electric and group-oriented album to this hauntingly beautiful solo acoustic composition is as dramatic as it is visionary. Less than a year after the release of Uprising, Marley would succumb to cancer. The 2001 Definitive Remaster version of Uprising contains the "band version" of "Redemption Song" and the 12" mix of "Could You Be Loved."

Customer Reviews

Catch This Fire!

This is Bob Marley's last album, and definitely one of his best!!! The production of this album is perfect...Family Man's bass lines are boomin'! The I-Three's harmony lines are joyous. Check out "Zion Train" and "Could You Be Loved"!

Good bye Bob

Bob Marley died after the creation of this album, a true testamony to the skill accomplished by the young artist.

"Won't You Help To Sing These Songs Of Freedom!"

"..It's You I'm Talkin' To, Now!.." It's prophetic, in a way, that "Uprising" was the very last album Mr. Robert Nesta Marley recorded before passing away. {Bob Marley & The Wailers, with the I-Threes, of course; one of the most energetic & captivating performers we have ever seen in Concert!} (From Paul's Mall to the Music Hall to Harvard Stadium; where we had the rare chance to watch Bob & his band playing some soccer before going on; a most memorable & most missed presence and performer!) "Uprising" is "as good as it gets!" for The Wailers as a tight, seamless, full-on Band; leaving Bob to "Work" the stage like a whirling dervish; dreadlocks swaying; like "The Lion Of Judah"; "Forever Loving Jah!" Remember Bob Marley today as a "man of love and peace and music!" Grimmbo.


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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