On My Record Player Part 12

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Babylon by Bus (1978)

This record is awesome and fun to listen to!!! Who doesn’t love Reggae Music!? I can barely think about writing when I get caught by the beat and groove of these songs. They bounce and just make you happy. Bob Marley’s words connect with you and feel the truth of righteousness. Punky Reggae Party sounded like 2 country’s soccer fans cheering for their home and teams during a big World Cup match that is the most important thing in the world when it happens. It is a great joy in my life to listen to Bob Marley’s music. There is a very strong force and….Most of the time, I write while I listen to the music, but I cant multi-task when I hear this music. I have to listen…If you can hear it, Bob Marley is presenting the feeling and attitude of being close or at one with his description of “Jah” and that kind of living or nature. I cant think of any other artist that really is as powerful as that. Bob Dylan was similar in communicating a feeling like this in the reality of living in New York City in the early 60’s. He gives people high doses of happiness and love. I have to show much much love to the Wailers. Wow Mon! This band is so tight and connected with a passionate living groove that you feel closely. I was just thinking about how there is a significant amount of people in my generation (born in 1979-1989) that are big fans of Bob Marley that consider him a great historical spiritual leader and having lived with his music for much of our youth until now has shaped our outlook on life based on these expressions of roots reggae. Back to the music. Side 3 opens with one of mfavorite jams, “Lively up Yourself” This song is so fun and full of joy to experience. They do it best live in front of people because the song really comes alive when there are thousands of people together to be witnessing it. Another brilliant live song that is full of power is “War/No More Trouble.” This is just perfectly written and more importantly, expressed. Side 4 begins with “I want to Love You” which as many know is simply one of the sweetest songs of all time and is a lovely expression of enjoying life in love with a very special person. I love the structure reggae gives to all of the important subjects of our lives. The best type of live music is that which allows you to feel the significant spiritual energy of the music being played in front of you, or being in the same currant or groove as the band that peforms so lively. Alive! “Heathen” is a song I don’t think I have heard before. This song is one that I know I would really enjoy dancing to. It is incredible smooth. To be with Reggae! To be with Jah! Of Course, a great track to end this bus is “Jamming” a song many can easily identify as Marley music. The awesome idea about this song is the Much Love and Praise to the Joy of Muisc and performing Music. Also a state of mind, you have to always continue “Jamming.” It is a movement. We have to always bring progress. Zion rules all creation. Thank you Bob Marley & The Wailers!

A much more extensive review from http://www.allmusic.com

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 aBob 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 Buspossesses 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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