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Kaya

Bob Marley & The Wailers

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The second half of the 1970s was a prolific era for Bob Marley, at the peak of his glory days, during which he was releasing an album a year. After Rastaman Vibration in 1976, Exodus in 1977, the Jamaican artist released this Kaya in 1978, with tracks originating from the same session as Exodus, recorded during the first few months of his exile in London, in early 1977. The album is widely considered as his lightest, no doubt because of its theme, as Kaya means marijuana in Jamaican slang. The album starts off with Easy Skanking’s“Excuse me while I light my spliff”, as if Marley was totally at ease with the B-side nature of these songs. But it would be a mistake to underestimate the hit machines that were the Wailers, as this album features two of their discography’s biggest successes, Is This Love and Satisfy My Soul – certified double platinum in France and gold disc in the USA. Bob Marley also used these sessions to revisit his Lee Perry period, first with the title song Kaya, for which he wrote a chiselled version without Scratch’s wacky flamenco guitar, like a symbol of Island’s influence – some would say to the detriment of romanticism… –, while Sun Is Shining, more ethereal than its original, rose to new heights and spiciness with Junior Marvin’s electric guitar. On the B-side at the time, one could find She’s Gone, a song about an ousted lover, Crisis, which sounds like a spin-off born out of a rehearsal for Is This Love, or the “rastaman chant” Time Will Tell, cadenced by Nyabinghi drumming. The album ends in a deadpan way with Smile Jamaica, a title composed for its namesake concert on December 5th, 1976 at the National Heroes Park in Kingston, Jamaica, in which Bob Marley took part two days after being shot… © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz

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1
Easy Skanking (Album Version)
00:02:58

Alex Sadkin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Pitterson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist - Robert Ash, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Barham, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Kaya (Album Version)
00:03:15

Alex Sadkin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer, Mixer, Executive Producer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Pitterson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist - Robert Ash, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Barham, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Is This Love (Album Version)
00:03:52

Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Pitterson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist - Robert Ash, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Barham, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Sun Is Shining (Album Version)
00:04:58

Alex Sadkin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Pitterson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist - Robert Ash, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Barham, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Satisfy My Soul (Album Version)
00:04:32

Alex Sadkin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer, Mixer, Executive Producer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Pitterson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist - Robert Ash, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Barham, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
She's Gone (Album Version)
00:02:25

Alex Sadkin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer, Mixer, Executive Producer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Pitterson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist - Robert Ash, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Barham, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Misty Morning (Album Version)
00:03:33

Alex Sadkin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Pitterson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist - Robert Ash, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Barham, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Crisis (Album Version)
00:03:54

Alex Sadkin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Pitterson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist - Robert Ash, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Barham, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Running Away (Album Version)
00:04:15

Alex Sadkin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Pitterson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist - Robert Ash, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Barham, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Time Will Tell (Album Version)
00:03:33

Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - The Wailers, Producer

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Smile Jamaica (Single Version)
00:05:03

Bob Marley, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Lee Perry, Producer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist

℗ 1978 The Island Def Jam Music Group

Album review

The second half of the 1970s was a prolific era for Bob Marley, at the peak of his glory days, during which he was releasing an album a year. After Rastaman Vibration in 1976, Exodus in 1977, the Jamaican artist released this Kaya in 1978, with tracks originating from the same session as Exodus, recorded during the first few months of his exile in London, in early 1977. The album is widely considered as his lightest, no doubt because of its theme, as Kaya means marijuana in Jamaican slang. The album starts off with Easy Skanking’s“Excuse me while I light my spliff”, as if Marley was totally at ease with the B-side nature of these songs. But it would be a mistake to underestimate the hit machines that were the Wailers, as this album features two of their discography’s biggest successes, Is This Love and Satisfy My Soul – certified double platinum in France and gold disc in the USA. Bob Marley also used these sessions to revisit his Lee Perry period, first with the title song Kaya, for which he wrote a chiselled version without Scratch’s wacky flamenco guitar, like a symbol of Island’s influence – some would say to the detriment of romanticism… –, while Sun Is Shining, more ethereal than its original, rose to new heights and spiciness with Junior Marvin’s electric guitar. On the B-side at the time, one could find She’s Gone, a song about an ousted lover, Crisis, which sounds like a spin-off born out of a rehearsal for Is This Love, or the “rastaman chant” Time Will Tell, cadenced by Nyabinghi drumming. The album ends in a deadpan way with Smile Jamaica, a title composed for its namesake concert on December 5th, 1976 at the National Heroes Park in Kingston, Jamaica, in which Bob Marley took part two days after being shot… © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz

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