[pullquote quote="To hear that music today and to be able to share it with a new generation shows that Bob is as relevant today as he was 30 years ago." credit="Rita Marley"]During these gray winter months, we could all use a little time spent coming in from the cold with a dose of [lastfm]Bob Marley[/lastfm]. Live Forever gives us that temporary escape.
30 years ago this past September, the reggae icon took the stage with the Wailers in Pittsburgh at the Stanley Theatre for a show in support of the album, Uprising. It would be his final live performance. Marley passed on a year later in 1981.
Live Forever documents that final performance in 1980 and features some of the reggae legend’s best known hits: “Redemption Song,” “Could You Be Loved” and “Jammin’” among others. The super-fan may have come across some bootlegs of this show, but nothing near the quality found on this official double disc set.
This release includes everything (legal) you’d want in a Bob Marley live experience.
[pullquote quote="Bob's music has always conveyed a message of hope, unity and love. It has brought countless people together as it did that night 30 years ago in Pittsburgh." credit="Rita Marley"]
Marley’s engineer Dennis Thompson captured everything on tape as it happened – that includes some crunchy feedback during “Jammin’”. It’s nothing to cringe over, just part the live experience. This release allows us to take in the band’s slow & easy start with songs like “Natural Mystic” and “Burnin’ and Lootin’” then increase to their full-stride just four songs into the set with “Them Belly Full.”
That night, Bob took to heart some of those lyrics – “Forget your sickness, forget your weakness and dance!” Clearly, Marley gives no indication of the health problems he’d been suffering at that time. According to Rolling Stone, he’d collapsed while jogging in New York just two days before the show.
What else can I say about this disc? Marley and company cook through the show with treats like an extra-funky “Could You Be Loved” and finish with a moving encore of “Get Up Stand Up.” This is just wonderful, rich music with an even deeper meaning.
Marley’s legacy and his message of love will carry on — Forever.
Bob Marley & the Wailers’ Live Forever Track Listing
2. Natural Mystic
3. Positive Vibration
4. Burnin’ and Lootin’
5. Them Belly Full
6. The Heathen
7. Running Away
8. Crazy Baldhead
9. War/No More Trouble
11. Zion Train
12. No Woman No Cry
3. Redemption Song
4. Coming In From The Cold
5.Could You Be Loved
6. Is This Love
8. Get Up Stand Up
If you are that super-fan we talked about earlier, according to Amazon, a Super Deluxe limited-edition version of the set is also being made available with three 180-gram audiophile LPs added to the package along with a reproduction of the Uprising Tour program.