Bob Marley’s 75th Anniversary Celebration Continues with Vinyl Reissues

November 20, 2020

Nearly 40 years after his passing, Bob Marley’s music, image and message continue to fascinate audiences the world over. The end of this year has seen some considerable activity around his classic ’70s and ’80s catalogue for Tuff Gong/Island Records, including a new career-spanning box set and some vinyl reissues.

Five years from its original vinyl release in 2015, a CD edition of The Complete Island Recordings is now available. True to its name, this 11CD box set features every studio and live album released during the band’s active tenure on the label, from 1973’s Catch a Fire to 1983’s posthumous Confrontation. The concert albums Live! and Babylon by Bus (the latter originally a double album) are also included.

Each of these albums plus the immortal Legend compilation (still the world’s best selling reggae album) are also getting pairs of vinyl reissues. Half-speed masters are currently available of all 12 titles, mastered by Miles Showell at London’s Abbey Road Studios. On January 22, those same albums will be repressed as limited, numbered, stamped editions at Tuff Gong’s refurbished vinyl plant in Kingston, Jamaica, using remasters overseen by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters in Los Angeles.

The Tuff Gong pressings can be purchased through Marley’s official store (including a “super bundle” of each album at once.)

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