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Bob Marley and the Wailers – Survival (2015 Reissue on 180g Vinyl)

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Released on 2 October 1979 Survival is the eleventh studio album by Bob Marley and the Wailers. The album was recorded at Basing Street Studios, London, and in Marley’s own Tuff Gong studio in Kingston.

Powerful, pointed and political, Survival was as close as Bob Marley came to producing a concept album. Some critics speculate that the outwardly militant theme of the album was due in part to criticism Marley received for the laid-back atmosphere of his previous release, Kaya, which seemed to sidetrack the urgency of his message. In the song Africa Unite, Marley proclaims Pan-African solidarity. The song Zimbabwe is a hymn dedicated to later-independent Rhodesia. The song was performed at Zimbabwe’s Independence Celebration in 1980, just after the official declaration of Zimbabwe’s independence.

Survival was originally to be called Black Survival to underscore the urgency of African unity, but the name was shortened to prevent misinterpretations of the album’s theme.

 

Track Listing

Side One

  1. So Much Trouble in the World
  2. Zimbabwe
  3. Top Rankin'
  4. Babylon System
  5. Survival

Side Two

  1. Africa Unite
  2. One Drop
  3. Ride Natty Ride
  4. Ambush in the Night
  5. Wake Up and Live

 

Producer: Alex Sadkin, The Wailers, Bob Marley

Format: Vinyl / 12” Album

Label: Island Records

Barcode: 0602547276278

Release Date: 25 Sep 2015