Bob Marley and The Wailers
Babylon By Bus


4.5
superb

Review

by superpeer USER (22 Reviews)
September 13th, 2005 | 8 replies | 6,097 views


Release Date: 1978 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Robert Nesta Marley, the most popular, the most influential, the best (?) and every other positive superlative man in reggae and pretty much the face of reggae and Jamaica overall. A musical genius passed away before his time, something modern days reggae fans regret, partly because of the impossibility to attend his amazing live show. Well this album is the next best thing. Babylon by Bus, recorded in '78 on the Kaya tour.

Marley didn't only release brilliant full length albums, together with The Wailers he put up an amazing live act. The production on this album is amazing and everything one could hope for concerning live albums. I would go as far to say that his studio material becomes even better live. The atmosphere is amazing, it all sounds warm and thick, like the marijuana smoke that will have surrounded the concert, no doubt. A true hybrid of sounds, yet every instrument is perfectly audible.

Bob Marley steers the songs very energetically, melodically backed up by the female singers. The songs are more powerful than on the regular albums, the keyboards are louder and give more depth to the song. The guitar playing is some of the best I've heard in reggae and the bass is highly head movement inducing, to say the least.

You can hardly complain about the track list either. Some popular songs like 'I Shot the Sheriff' and 'No Woman, no Cry' are missing but the songs on the album are nowhere near subpar Marley tracks. Positive Vibration, Jammin', and Exodus, just to name a few. War and No more Trouble were even smoothly mixed together and pretty much every song sounds fuller than their respective studio versions.

All in all, a must have for Bob Marley fans and reggae fans in general and one of the best live albums I've heard.



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robo2448
September 13th 2005



132 Comments


Good review. I'm interested in hearing some of Marley's live stuff. Do you know how this album compares to Live?

That's the only other live Marley album I've heard of.

superpeer
September 13th 2005



257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm not familiar with the album, but there's a review on it as well, I believe. I do believe this is considered his best live album though.

robo2448
September 13th 2005



132 Comments


Thanks. I think I'll buy it.

Med57
Moderator
September 13th 2005



1001 Comments


Nice review Jelle, and it's good to see you reviewing again. Bob Marley's amazing, and his live act was great...my parents saw him, and apparently he was incredible.

Thor
September 13th 2005



10183 Comments


This is another good, solid Marley album, but not his best. Good review, and keep up the good work.

Badmoon
October 4th 2005



384 Comments


"De the heathen back, yeah, 'pon de wall!"

I love that song.

Good review, and good album.

My_pants_are_off_right_now
March 6th 2006



26 Comments


This live album is awesome


I cant get enough of it

villano507
October 10th 2011



1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

sick album!...guitars are just amazing, best version of heathen on this album...



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