Bob Marley & the Wailers’ revered 1976 album “Rastaman Vibration” will be reissued in an expanded two-CD set Nov. 19 via Island/Tuff Gong/UME. Housing six previously unreleased mixes and nine previously unheard live performances, the project follows recent reissues of “Catch a Fire,” “Exodus,” and “Legend” as the latest in a series of double-disc “deluxe editions.”
Noted as the American and commercial breakthrough for Marley and Wailers, “Rastaman Vibration” appends non-album singles from the same era, including “Jah Live/Concrete” and “Smile Jamaica/Smile Jamaica (Dub).” Supplemented with nine live tracks culled from a May 26, 1976, stop on the Rastaman Vibration Tour at the Roxy in Hollywood, CA, the set counts “Trenchtown Rock,” “I Shot the Sheriff,” and “Lively up Yourself” among the newly uncovered concert material. A previously released rendition of “No Woman No Cry” from the same show is also present.
Marking Marley’s first excursion into the top-10 of the Billboard album chart, “Rastaman Vibration” also earned the reggae pioneer his first RIAA gold certification on the strength of the politically charged “War,” the love song “Cry to Me,” and the celebratory “Positive Vibration.” The deluxe edition also boasts alternate mixes of original album cuts “Johnny Was,” “Want More,” “Crazy Baldhead,” and the aforementioned “War,” as well as previously unreleased single and dub mixes of “Roots, Rock, Reggae.”
Augmenting Marley on both the studio and live material were Wailers bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett, his brother, drummer Carlton Barrett, the I-Three vocal trio — consisting of wife Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths, and Judy Mowatt — keyboardist Tyrone Downie, percussionist Alvin “Seeco” Patterson, and guitarists Earl “Chinna” Smith and Donald Kinsey.