BOB MARLEY – "WAR" (Live) | EASY SKANKING IN BOSTON '78
In celebration of the 70th Earthstrong of Tuff Gong, the Marley family has opened up their personal vault to the fans and released a brand new, never-before-seen live concert video titled ‘Easy Skanking In Boston’. The show was held at Boston’s Music Hall during the 1978 Kaya Tour, and was filmed by a single cameraman whom Bob allowed to shoot from the front row. It’s some of Marley’s most energetic footage to date, and really gives a unique look into his live performances, making fans feel like they’re actually there watching the show from up close.
A must have for any true Marley fan, thanks to the Marley family opening up their private vaults, this amazing and historical never-before-seen live concert video from Boston’s Music Hall during the 1978 Kaya tour is available today worldwide!
Tour Program: Bob Marley & The Wailers’ 1975 Lyceum Run
In celebration of our Bob Marley & The Wailers Live! reissue coming out on the 16th of December, we’re presenting to you here an interactive copy of the original tour program from the band’s 1975 concert run at the Lyceum Theatre in London on the Natty Dread tour! We hope this gives you a small snapchat into where the band was in their careers during this historic time period, as they were on the cusp of making the transition from Jamaican heroes of their hometown to international superstars. And many would say that this run of shows was a turning point in helping the band get to the other side of that transition.
Please enjoy exploring the tour program below, and pick up your copy of the Live! reissue – which includes a recreated version of this booklet inside the vinyl package – at bit.ly/livereissued
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Bob Marley & the Wailers were at the peak of their artistic powers when they arrived at the Lyceum London for two shows on July 17 and 18, 1975, having just released Natty Dread the year before and about to unleash Rastaman Vibration on the world. The Rolling Stones mobile studio was on hand to record both shows, with seven songs from the second released as Live!, in December of that same year. The recording was subsequently broadcast as part of the syndicated radio program King Biscuit Flower Hour in 1976.
The Marley Family will now release for the first time the complete sets from both shows, Bob Marley & the Wailers-Live!, as a three-LP set in 180-gram black vinyl and as a digital package on November 18 in a tri-gatefold package that also includes a reproduction of the tour program from the band’s historic ’75 U.K. tour. In addition, on the same day, a seven-inch live vinyl disc, will also be made available as an exclusive at BobMarley.com and the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, JA. Marley and the Wailers’ classic line-up included bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett, drummer Carlton “Carly” Barrett, guitarist Al Anderson, keyboardist Tyrone Downie, percussionist Alvin “Seeco” Patterson and the I-Three — backing vocalists Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths.
The group was fresh off its legendary five-night stint at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angles from July 9 through July 13, when they stepped on the stage at London’s Lyceum Theatre for an abbreviated U.K. tour which would also include dates at The Odeon in Birmingham on July 19 and The Hard Rock in Manchester on July 20. Marley was in top form during the two Lyceum shows, animatedly interacting with the crowd, who sang along to what most consider the definitive version of “No Woman, No Cry.”
The BBC’s Chris Jones wrote about the album in 2009: “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… 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&B in this way… uniting both working and middle classes with his songs of universal struggle and religious metaphor.”