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Babylon By Bus

Bob Marley & The Wailers

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Arguably the most influential live reggae album ever, Babylon by Bus captures Bob Marley and the Wailers during the European leg of their Kaya tour in the spring of 1978. The success of this set was not entirely unexpected, however. If the universal and widespread acclaim of Live! -- their first concert recording -- was an indicator, all involved knew that a Bob Marley & the Wailers performance contained unique energies and a vibe all of its own. Sharply contrasting the somewhat pastoral grooves of the Kaya album, Babylon by Bus possesses a more aggressive sound -- which was a trademark of this particular band. Tyrone Downie's progressive rock keyboard flavors on "Exodus," as well his judiciously located percussive clavinet accentuations during "Punky Reggae Party," lock in with Aston "Familyman" Barrett's viscous basslines to create something akin to psychedelic reggae or even along the lines of Parliament/Funkadelic. Likewise, "Heathen" highlights Anderson's explosive guitar leads, which are distinctly reminiscent of Eddie Hazel from his early days with Funkadelic. The lead guitar solos on "Rebel Music (3 O' Clock Roadblock)" and "Is This Love" also define Al Anderson's innovative and decidedly Western guitar style, as it is seamlessly and thoroughly integrated with Marley and the Wailers. As with their first concert album, Babylon by Bus highlights material from the band's history up to that point. "No More Trouble" is placed in an entirely new context when linked with "War," which features lyrics taken from a United Nations speech given by Haille Selassie I, the Ethiopian emperor considered the father of modern Rastafarianism. Other early tracks, such as "Kinky Reggae" and "Stir It Up," prove to be not the only favorites of concert attendees. More recent offerings of "Is This Love," "Jammin'," and "Exodus" actually garner the most audible support. Without question, Babylon by Bus is an integral component of any popular music collection.
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1
Positive Vibration (Live At The Pavillon De Paris/1977)
00:05:50

Vincent Ford, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer - Jack Nuber, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Punky Reggae Party (Live At The Pavillon De Paris/1977)
00:05:49

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

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Exodus (Live At The Pavillon De Paris/1977)
00:07:42

Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - Jack Nuber, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist - The Wailers, Producer

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Stir It Up (Live At The Pavillon De Paris/1977)
00:05:17

Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer - Jack Nuber, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Rat Race (Live At The Pavillon De Paris/1977)
00:03:41

CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer - Jack Nuber, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rita Marley, ComposerLyricist - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Concrete Jungle (Live In Europe/1976)
00:05:37

Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer - Jack Nuber, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Kinky Reggae (Live In Europe/1975)
00:04:46

Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer - Jack Nuber, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Lively Up Yourself (Live At The Pavillon De Paris/1977)
00:06:18

Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer - Jack Nuber, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock) (Live At The Pavillon De Paris/1977)
00:05:20

CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer - Jack Nuber, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist - Hugh Peart, ComposerLyricist - Aston Barrett, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
War / No More Trouble (Live At The Pavillon De Paris/1977)
00:05:28

Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer - Jack Nuber, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist - Carlton Barrett, ComposerLyricist - Allan Cole, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Is This Love (Live At The Pavillon De Paris/1977)
00:07:21

Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer - Jack Nuber, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Heathen (Live At The Pavillon De Paris/1977)
00:04:30

Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer - Jack Nuber, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Jammin' (Live At The Pavillon De Paris/1977)
00:05:50

Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer - Jack Nuber, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Arguably the most influential live reggae album ever, Babylon by Bus captures Bob Marley and the Wailers during the European leg of their Kaya tour in the spring of 1978. The success of this set was not entirely unexpected, however. If the universal and widespread acclaim of Live! -- their first concert recording -- was an indicator, all involved knew that a Bob Marley & the Wailers performance contained unique energies and a vibe all of its own. Sharply contrasting the somewhat pastoral grooves of the Kaya album, Babylon by Bus possesses a more aggressive sound -- which was a trademark of this particular band. Tyrone Downie's progressive rock keyboard flavors on "Exodus," as well his judiciously located percussive clavinet accentuations during "Punky Reggae Party," lock in with Aston "Familyman" Barrett's viscous basslines to create something akin to psychedelic reggae or even along the lines of Parliament/Funkadelic. Likewise, "Heathen" highlights Anderson's explosive guitar leads, which are distinctly reminiscent of Eddie Hazel from his early days with Funkadelic. The lead guitar solos on "Rebel Music (3 O' Clock Roadblock)" and "Is This Love" also define Al Anderson's innovative and decidedly Western guitar style, as it is seamlessly and thoroughly integrated with Marley and the Wailers. As with their first concert album, Babylon by Bus highlights material from the band's history up to that point. "No More Trouble" is placed in an entirely new context when linked with "War," which features lyrics taken from a United Nations speech given by Haille Selassie I, the Ethiopian emperor considered the father of modern Rastafarianism. Other early tracks, such as "Kinky Reggae" and "Stir It Up," prove to be not the only favorites of concert attendees. More recent offerings of "Is This Love," "Jammin'," and "Exodus" actually garner the most audible support. Without question, Babylon by Bus is an integral component of any popular music collection.
© Lindsay Planer /TiVo

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