Exodus is a 1977 album by Jamaican reggae band Bob Marley and the Wailers, first released in June 1977 through Island Records, following Rastaman Vibration (1976). The album's production has been characterized as laid-back with pulsating bass beats and an emphasis on piano, trumpet and guitar. Unlike previous albums from the band, Exodus thematically moves away from cryptic story-telling; instead it revolves around themes of change, religious politics, and sexuality. The album is split into two halves: the first half revolves around religious politics, while the second half is focused on themes of making love and keeping faith. On 3 December 1976, an assassination attempt was made on Bob Marley's life in which his chest was grazed and his arm was struck with a bullet, but he survived. Following the assassination attempt, Marley left Jamaica and was exiled to London, where Exodus was recorded.The album was a success both critically and commercially; it received gold certifications in the US, UK and Canada, and was the album that propelled Marley to international stardom. In 2017, Exodus was remastered and re-released for its 40th anniversary. Exodus has more tracks on Marley’s greatest hits compilation Legend than any of his other records. Exodus was his tenth album since the debut album The Wailing Wailers in 1965, including the live album Live! (1975).Wikipedia
It is easy to pluck out all the hits, but this album as intended, as a whole, is a mood masterpiece. When I listen in its entirety, I am on a spiritual journey with Marley, and all the many sojourners who have left a world of oppression and trekked towards freedom. Exodus is a mesmerizing record that saves us with positivity and hopeful imagery. Whether hiking in the snow, dancing on the beach, or walking through the desert searching for home, Exodus uplifts, relaxes, and affirms. No problem, mon.
So I’ve always found reggae kind of boring, not all that interesting, but… wow I was wrong. I get why all my friends were super into this. Songs like So Much Things To Say and The Heathen are so interesting and have a lot going on. The guitars are basically kind of part of the percussion. The group vocals sound heavenly, spiritual. Inspired, pointed lyrics, loved the messaging. Just a really brilliant album that I can’t believe I didn’t get to earlier
Oh Bobby, Bobby, Bobby boy!!! This makes my dick so hard that I could probably impregnate you through this screen. The Wailers are named after your mum.
I feel like I get a contact high just from listening to this album.
Honestly, this listener is not into reggae. "Natural Mystic" however, was a great reset of one's skepticism and built great anticipation for the remainder of this album. Feel good lyrics, religiously inspired, and unapologetically non-aggressive in message and tone will always serve as a brilliant contrast to the reality of humanity. However, that is where this album cheerfully stops while retaining some profundity, and that is at conflict. Love, peace, acceptance are often things that are the result of conflict that resolves through argument, and sometimes even fighting. This album represents the gentle and kind side of fighting, which is letting love and peace be the motivators for a unified struggle instead of through disagreement and animosity. Musically, reggae had always seemed like a very set in its ways approach to arrangement/composition, but where Bob Marley managed to elevate the genre is by using those familiar rhythms to be innovative and different without the stigma of 'not' being reggae. It is hard to explain, but there is reggae and then there is reggae, and Marley's is the latter. Perhaps this is where his talent remains unrivaled and his legacy intact.
I absolutely loved it! These are songs that I’ve heard forever on the radio and in passing. And because Marley is such a staple in society it can be easy to dismiss Exodus as being an album you’re already familiar with, but to do so would be a huge mistake. There’s a heart and a beauty to this album. This is human music for the soul!
Timeless. Touching. Needed in 2021. I never knew all his greatest hits were on this one album. Production is great, his band is legendary, and this album will be listened to for decades to come.
I an not a fan of Reggae I just am not. This however is so SO good. It features iconic rhythms and tunes and really puts you in a fantastic headspace. Excellent album.
Really happy to have the opportunity to listen to a full record. Because Bob Marley has existed mostly as a "playlist" or "greatest hits" guy. Turns out, all of his songs are enjoyable and on this cool fall morning, I appreciate the black vibes. We often reach for Bob Marley when driving to a summer vacation/beach spot. Will definitely reach for this one next time that happens. Come for the rhythm, stay for that wondering piccolo snare and the surprisingly great noodley lead guitar.
I mean, can this get anything short of 5 stars? Marley is transcendent, and this album is no exception. This album gets 5 stars off of Jamming alone, and that's before you get to 3 Little Birds. I listened to it straight through and then just listened to Marley all day.
I was expecting this album to be one where I would be looking for more variety, like "ugh, not another reggae beat! Change it up!" I was pleasantly surprised how much variety the album had and I liked it much more than I expected I would. What a great ending - Three Little Birds and One Love/People Get Ready were both fantastic. I think I'm going to listen to Three Little Birds every morning to get in a good mood for the work day ("Don't worry...about a thing...cause every little thing...is gonna be alright"). It's interesting to note how positive and hopeful the last few tracks are considering how dark and political many of the earlier tracks are (like "Guiltiness" and "The Heathen." "So Much Things to Say" also has dark lyrics, but the music is so upbeat...guess that's reggae for you). Very clear why this album is on the list. I'm going to call it a 4.5 rounded up to a 5.
Bob Marley is amazing. Some of his best songs are on this album. Each song is an a great listen. Shortly after his assassination attempt, he goes to London and records this album. A mixture of politics and love.
Brilliant, beautiful album. Spiritual without being preachy. Wonderful performances and production.
This is one of those records that’s just burned into American subconscious for anyone in my generation, these are lullabies. Legends from an,,ancient time”. Two Little Birds >>> just about everything
Exodus was recorded at a time when Bob Marley was learning about the unexpected costs of international stardom, but it hadn't yet sapped his creative strengths, and this is one of the finest albums in his stellar catalog.
Though I am more of a fan of his earlier work, especially his recordings with Lee Perry, Marley's music is consistently good throughout his entire career. The production on this album has some real nice touches and flourishes throughout that separate it from more standard reggae recorded in Jamaica at the time. Such a clean sound. Some real classics here. Bob Marley always feels so deeply genuine and authentic no matter the subject matter. So committed to every song. Can't even imagine how captivating and electric it must have been to see him perform live.
“Exodus” by Bob Marley and the Wailers (1977) I’ve never heard this album, and I’m only marginally familiar with Bob Marley’s more popular work. Musically, the song and sound on this album are very good. Instrumentals are well arranged and well recorded. The basic groove is somewhat repetitive, but very magnetic. Lead vocals by Marley are well executed, but lacking variety. Good, tight backing vocals. No distracting flaws. The music is a suitable vehicle for the message of each of these songs, which is the main point of this album. Bass and drums predominate, characterized by heavy runs and clean fills. with rhythm guitar steadily emphasizing the backbeat. Classic reggae. Good lead guitar arranging and execution, with heavy use of wah and phase shift. Horns and piano performed with precision and subtlety. Now, to the message. From the beginning (“Natural Mystic”—and please note that it’s not “Supernatural Mystic”!), the lyrics draw us into the metaphysical realm, evoking images from the Apocalypse of St. John and Gnostic mysticism. Moving on to a reflection (in “So Much Things to Say”) on the examples of Jesus Christ, Marcus Garvey, and Paul Bogle, Marley explicitly challenges hearers to take the message of these heroes to heart. The appeal utilizes a carefully selected series of biblical themes, focusing on one facet of the Black Liberation Theology movement—revolution. The title track, “Exodus” coveys the main theme of Black Liberation Theology, which is a cry for deliverance from the oppression of the dominant (White, colonialist, capitalist) culture. It is a lyrical theme that is in tune with the political/economic philosophy of Jamaican-born economist Donald J. Harris (father of Kamala Harris, who was 13 years old when this album was released. I can’t imagine she wasn’t influenced by it). This movement of deliverance emphasizes the revolutionary stance on the part ‘the people’, meaning those in the oppressed class. They are described in the lyrics as “Jah people”, meaning people of Yahweh (or the LORD as most English translations render it in the Bible). Like most popular expressions of liberation theology, its Marxist roots are disguised. And what is lacking in this overtly political lyric is an honest acknowledgement that Black Liberation Theology is quite distinct from and even opposed to the historical meaning of the symbolism it appropriates. This lack of candor, whether intentional (deceptive) or unintentional (naive), is a serious artistic flaw, robbing the lyric of much of its power. In “Guiltiness”, Marley declaims to the oppressed the guilt of the oppressor. The poetry is eloquent enough, but lacking nuance. The oppressors are spoken of in the third person (“they”) rather than the second person (“you”), a departure from the prophetic mode. Again, Marley misses an opportunity to create a strong and profound poetic vision. If “Jammin’” were simply a jam, it would be fun. But it turns into inflammatory discourse, inciting revolutionary compulsion. “Waiting in Vain” and “Turn Your Lights Down Low” are a welcome relief from the disordered politics of this album, expressing the patient endurance of a lover who’s willing to wait for fulfillment, if only he can be assured of ultimate success. It’s beautiful (and not entirely unconnected with the politics of the first six tracks). “Three Little Birds” is a paean to optimism. Nice. With “One/People Get Ready”, we’re back to politics, bringing together the revolutionary themes of tracks 1-6 with the romantic themes of tracks 7-9, making for an extraordinarily well crafted album as a whole. A lot of artistic excellence here. This album is formally evangelical, assembled in a sermonic fashion. It proclaims a putatively saving faith that is rooted in the western theological tradition. But it is marred by its errant selectivity. In sum, Bob Marley’s album “Exodus” is a beautiful vehicle that is unfortunately headed in the wrong direction—back to Egypt (Numbers 14:4). And that is a poverty. 3/5
The album that broke Marley to the masses. While I prefer the earlier, skankier shit it's an undeniable classic.
I am not high enough for this. I used to listen to this a lot as teenager...but somehow gets boring after a few songs. I still think that Bob Marley was an iconic artist and a legend...despite the fact that I no longer enjoy this music...
I'm not a huge Bob Marley fan. I'll happily give his records a spin occasionally, but my humble opinion is that he is far from the greatest reggae artist. He was the most accessible and commercially successful, which is a very different thing. This one is one of the better albums in his discography, and I don't mind the bluesy/rockish elements. But it's fairly lightweight compared to a million other 1976-78 reggae albums, including solo records by his former Wailers (who I think had been replaced with session musicians on this record?). I don't know how many of these are on the 1001 list, but I would definitely rather recommend albums from the same period by Yabby You, Augustus Pablo, Bunny Wailer, Max Romeo, Junior Murvin, and others. When you consider that a masterpiece like The Congos - Heart of the Congos was released in the same year, it basically blows Marley out of the water, in my humble opinion. Another example of an album that made the 1001 for being famous/successful rather than being on par with countless superior albums that didn't make the cut. 2.5 for this.
Oh dear. I lasted 3 songs.
How does Bob Marley like his donuts? With jam in. That's the best thing I know about reggae. I can't stand this genre. I'm sure someone finds this album important, slow dirges over the same rhythm, but I don't want to meet them. Let's face it they're either 13 year old vicar's kid or some twat on a gap year. Best Tracks: Jamming; Three Little Birds; One Love/People Get Ready
1977: Exodus, Jamming, Three Little Birds, One Love/People Get Ready
Sunny and upbeat reggae. The antidote of a November Thursday in lockdown! Every little things going to be alright.
excellent reggae masterpiece
Great album, highly recommend it.
Beautiful stuff. 5/5. Waiting In Vain is probably Marley's best song?
Great first album all the way through. Bob Marley is a genius.
Peak reggae, not much else you van day. Listen to the subtlety of the singing in Jammin, Marley was a true genius.
Fucking love bob and the wailers waiting in vain is my absolute favorite
Stone cold classic.
Beautiful music, rhythmic and almost hypnotic. A new genre for me.
I’m really loving the BM on this. There is just so many songs that deserve to be popular.
Best Bob album. Good vibes only.
Great classic reggae
one of the best
Great memories have been made while listening to this album. From childhood to my teenage years to my youth (which was primarily sent at home crying because of the pandemic), this album was always there. Love Bob Marley.
Legend. That's why his greatest hits are named that.
Amazing album. Loved it.
Bob Marley & The Wailers is chill to listen to. The vibe and rythm feels like vacation.
Story of my teens
a classic, obvi!
This one gets a full 10 from me. The songs were different enough that it didn't feel too samey and it didn't go too long. Groovy beats and just made me feel nice and chill
Not really into reggae but this is definitely a good album. 9/10
I hope you like jammin' too
I love Bob Marley and The Wailers so I knew I'd love the album. And I wasn't disappointed. It was a solid album, although my favourites off the album are the most known tracks - Three Little Birds and One Love / People Get Ready. 5/5 stars.
Bob had a great energy flowing when he wrote all these songs and put this album together. So enjoyable
so good. so very good
always great..my start to summer album
Great album from start to finish. Hard to say if there’s even a bad song on it. Many reggae classics on this. Listened many times before and will continue to listen to it. 9.2/10
Came out years before I was born. Has there been anything better since?
Easy listen. Full of great tracks, Jammin’, Three Little Birds, One Love, Exodus. The rest of the album supports those hits and is calming and enjoyable.
Excellent album. Waiting in Vain and Three Little Birds are some of my favorite songs.
Gotta love Bob. First track and off to a great start. I imagine it'll be a 4. Oh man, ALL the bangers on this one 🙏 at LEAST a 4. Maybe a 5 cos it's his best Stuff IMO
SHACKY don't worry about a thing, because every little thing is gonna be alright (this is my message to you).
Excellent album full of bangers
So much better than I expected, remastered version, awesome.
It's amazing how these guys can take that simple beat from Jamming and use it / transform it across a bunch of different songs (Natural Mystic, So Much Things to Say) and have it sound new / not tired every time. Whatever the beat or the sound, there's so much energy every time. Marley's lyrics (on the politically charged first half) are second-to-none. And when the lyrics are lighter in tone on the second half, the whole experience of the songs ramps up (and there are still some great lyrics). Of the lesser knowns, I really enjoyed The Heathen (some edgy guitar work). Just an incredible album. As an aside, I hate when they remaster albums and add stuff to it (e.g., tracks 11 and 12). There was a certain feel and seamlessness to the original album, and although Punky Reggae Party is fun, it doesn't fit with the rest.
Exodus, Natural Mystic, Jammin', One Love.... a great, mellow album.
I could listen to Bob albums all day. Jamming!!!! One Love, a song that completely barnstormed the entire world, just barely over 3 minutes. All of these tracks are a pleasure to listen to, i wish there was more of it.
This album is awesome. I had always liked reggae and lover's rock but had never actually listened to a Bob Marley album, and I'm glad I finally did. All of the songs perfectly encapsulate the reggae vibes of the 70s and 80s and all of the singles are still bangers. Fav songs: so much things to say, the heathen, exodus, three little birds, one love/people get ready
Classic album - didn't realise how innovative it was.
One of Bob Marley's best. Exodus is an incredible powerful song. I'm lucky I have a pristine Mobile Fidelity vinyl copy of this record and it sounds incredible. Deep powerful bass and excellent balance overall. Thanks for the reminder on how great this album is. Side one starts out great and just keeps getting better until it gets to Exodus. Side 2 might be even better - it has the better known songs; Jamming, Waiting In vain, Three Little Birds, One Love. 5 stars
5.0 - To me, this is the definitive Bob Marley album, more so than "Legend." Most of my favorite songs of his best songs are here. Such an awesome record that I can easily play on repeat.
perfect Friday album
Loved listening to the entirety of the album. Its a journey from such an influetial and all star artist. LEGEND
The quintessential Bob Marley album. Some great songs on here
Very good, possibly their best album. I know there is a lot of historical context with this album, and I believe that adds to it. It's a pretty political album.
Classic album. Loved it, as always.
Starts great with Natural Mystic but it drags in the first half where it starts to build up to a climax at the end.
First song gets you in the mood immediately
Iconic album and great melodies
Uno de los mejores de esta lista.
Really solid, legendary album. Had not previously heard the story about the assassination attempt on his life just before he recorded this. Makes the songs even more powerful in that context.
So many hits on one album! Time Magazine named this the best album of the 20th century, so who am I to argue? A joy to listen to from start to finish.
This is such a good album. I remember dismissing it when it came out since my hatred for disco made me turn away from anything dance floor oriented. I fortunately got over that and have loved this album for a while. Bob’s move to London resulted in his music getting fused with music from the London club scene at the time. This set the stage and trajectory for reggae in the 1980s and 90s and allowed sub-genres of reggae such, as dancehall, to be more easily accepted.
Some of Bob Marley’s most well known songs are in this album. Aside from that, this album is a joy to listen to. The music is purposeful, catchy, and driving. Marley’s lyrics span religion, politics, sex, and love
One of the best records ever
Already knew this would get a 5 before the listen, just a fantastic album filled with a ton of classics. Great vibes throughout.
I'm not sure how anyone could not love Bob Marley. There was something really special and magical about him. This album is an absolute classic. 5 stars.
I'm woefully unfamiliar with Marley's work and Reggae at large (FOR NOW)—loved this album on first listen. The performances are striking and backed by a truly wonderful layering of rhythms.
We jammin, we jammin, we jammin
Perfection - a quality listen the whole way through! I've looped it all morning and it's the most productive I've been in a long time. Endlessly listenable, it's such a joyful album. It puts me into a perfect mellow, chill mood. I love that Bob's message still carries tremendous weight, it isn't lost or diluted by the way it's been packaged and presented: calmly, from a place of peace and love.
Muito bom, Bob Marley me fazendo ouvir reggae. Melhor música: Waiting in Vain e Turn Your lights down low
A reggae classic, and one of my favorite Bob Marley albums
Legendary. Waiting in Vain is his best song.
The best album from the king of reggae. An album full of genre defining songs
Two stars for Jamming, which reminds me both of The Simpsons and my one trip to the Caribbean as a kid, where Bob Marley still seemed to be the most played artist, 20 years after his death. One star for the ultimate feel-good good feelings of Three Little Birds and One Love / People Get Ready. Another star for the darker, more purposeful grooves of Natural Mystic, The Heathen and Exodus. Half a star for the total disregard of grammar on 'So Much Things To Say'. That's 4.5. And I'll round up because Bob was a Spurs fan.
I LOVE this album. Such a classic!
The production on this album is perfection. The drums are so crisp and tight; the bass is thick and funky; and the horns blend beautifully, sounding like an organic extension of the rest of the band. And a lot of great guitar. There's some killer psychedelic shredding and I was totally drawn in by that strange tone on the guitar in "The Heathen." I found his vocal performance particularly entertaining. I love the flow of his vocals on “So Much Things to Say” - I’ve never heard Bob Marley sing like that. (The bonus single “Punky Reggae Party” even has him scatting.) Throughout the album, he sounds so free and expressive. Some really soulful stuff here. There are a lot of classic songs on this album but I also really enjoyed the album cuts. Some songs on here I've never heard before. P.S.: Remind me to show you a music video my friends and I made in high school for “Jamming.” 😎😂
Love Bob Marley! Great album.
Really great album throughout. I was only exposed to the 'Legend' greatest hits for awhile, so it's awesome to hear some of those songs in the context of a full album, combined with some of the tracks I didn't know that surrounded them. Chill beats and sounds with some heavier (and hot and heavier) lyrical content. Killer!
Exodus, Jamming, Wait in Vain and Three little Birds all on this album? Plus Quality “non- hits” make this one of the best Reggae albums of all time. Love this stuff as it is 1) really good; and 2) influenced RnR in such a positive way (e.g. The Clash, Sublime, Eric Clapton, The Police).
I mean, come on.
Brilliant album.. Touches on some many themes and nice blend of ska and roots reggae. Yes an album everyone needs to listen to.
It's genius. The songwriting, the musicianship, the production.
It's hard to imagine a better Reagae Album than this. Iconic.
Always love Bob Marley and this was another excellent example of his work.
The dude survived an assassination attempt and then put together one of the most biting commentaries ever put to music together, and it was all so chill and funky and fire all at once. A generational talent
Classic Marley with all the great songs!
Wall to wall classics. First time i've ever heard it as an album.
When you havnt listened to it for a few years it is stunning how good this is.
Hell yes. 4.8/5
A great and relaxing listen. I always forget about reggae, it blames your boxed and sheltered world of music choices.
how could I NOT give this five stars?
Top 10 greatest albums of all time. I attribute so much importance to this album on different levels. But from a purely musical point of view it's simply transcends pretty much everything out there. Essential? Yup.
Takes me to a sail boat in the BVIs!
On the surface this is a catchy reggae album with other genres thrown into the mix, which gives it crossover appeal and makes it very accessible. There is not a single weak track on the record and several ubiquitous classics. On this basis alone it is faultless and worthy of five stars. Add in the depth provided by the political lyrics of side 1, and the thematic contrast of the romantic/optimistic side 2 and you have a work of genius. Rating: 5/5 Playlist track: Three Little Birds Date listened: 08/06/22
Always going to be a 5. However less upbeat than much of their work. This album focuses more on stories. For better or for worse this defines an entire genre and Reggae has never really moved past this
Excellent album. Impossible not to feel good listening.
Regulars readers of my reviews (if they exist) may have noted my disdain for invocations of the spiritual. I hold no patience for any guru appealing to the realm of auras and pixies when defending their position. It doesn't bother me if someone holds such beliefs, but they can at least try to argue properly. Of course, that doesn't mean I can't appreciate art made under such a mindset; I cling to death of the author, so I don't need to pretend that an artist's philosophical position necessarily influences how I see their work. More relevantly, Bob Marley's music does not necessarily inspire me to learn about Bob Marley's spiritual views. However, this album has a few songs that are meant essentially as hymns, most notably One Love/People Get Ready (the second part is due to an acknowledged yoinking from Curtis Mayfield). The odd thing about that: One Love is played so often, its devotional nature has become, if not quite evaporated, then definitely diluted. And I'm content with that. I prefer the humanism of the song to its mystical elements. And this is a bizarre consequence of the album's songs being so ubiquitous: they become easier to like. Separated from the political and religious contexts by dint of prevalence, the uncomplicated benevolence of Exodus soars (yes, even though it's called Exodus). So, we have witnessed a shift from the central song of the album being the charged Exodus to the open-armed Jamming. A cynic may consider this dumbing-down, but I prefer a call-to-jam rather than a call-to-arms. Exdosu isn't perfect. Turn Your Lights Down Low gets really Steely Dan with its jarring smoothness and Bob Marley's perplexing adoption of the lounge-lizard seducer persona, but you'll forgive it. The album has too many strengths for that. The goodwill of this album might be a little bleary-eyed, but it's undeniable. Also, it has lots of fantastic songs.
An excellent excellent, quite the bop.
Excellent album - lots of hits and the second half of the album is probably better. "Waiting in Vain" is probably my favorite despite the popularity of others. 9/10.
Great album. Some of Bob's best music on this record. For anyone just getting into his music or even reggae this album would be a great start.
Can't be anything other than a 5 star. SO MANY BANGERS! One lovee, one heaarrtt, lets get together and feel alright! We're jamming... I don't want to wait in vain for your love. Would rate it 10/10 if possible. Unlikely to be beaten in the near future.
This is some real premium, bass-heavy Bob. I was in a reggae mood so a full 5 from me.
Rich, soulful, laid back, uplifting, beautiful. Musically gorgeous with surprisingly diverse and nimble instrumentation. Moves lyrically between the personal, spiritual and political with an effortlessness that few artists are capable of. What a joy to hear. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Natural Mystic, Exodus, Waiting in Vain, Jamming, Three Little Birds, One Love/People Get Ready, Turn Your Lights Down Low, Guiltiness, The Heathen, So Much Things to Say
Listened to this loads as a six-former with a stoner who friend decided to get into vinyl and liked the big shiny gold sleeve. Great album, loads of good songs and I love the bass. Listening to it now on headphones, there's so much more going on musically than I realized and some fantastic subtle lead guitar playing. Reading the Wikipedia notes about it being a rock album with a reggae veneer was interesting. I totally see that on the middle eight on 'Waiting in Vain' and 'Turn Your Lights Down Low' could be a Clapton song (with better vocals).
Another seminal album by Bob - on the Mount Rushmore of modern musicians. Bangers left and right. Political viewpoint as relevant today as when written. Don't really know where to begin - turn your lovelight low, might be the weak-point because it is a just a solid song about sex. Close to the perfect album
Un dels pics de la música al s XX. Revolució, misticisme, amor... eixos que vertebren deu melodies mágiques. Estiu i felicitat en estat pur
5 Stars. Obvious Classic
great album, classic feel good and versatile. summer vibes- bob is a bit of a legend
There really isn’t any bad Bob Marley. This isn’t my favorite recoding, but it has some gems. Always a fun listen.
This sounded even better than I remembered. Solid reggae album that exceeds its genre.
Excellent album of BM & The W. Third album of them generated so far. Although it contains the largest portion of Bob Marley hits, I always thought Catch A Fire or Natty Dread were generally stronger albums. Nevertheless this album is still a very clear 5 of course.
As much as I'm a fan of Bob, this was the first time I ever listened to this entire album. I'm partial to the Lee Perry era, mostly because of how experimental it was—from before reggae settled into a formula—and I've never cared much for The Wailers' early Island records, mostly because they contained slicker (and less-interesting) versions of the Lee Perry-era songs. So I guess that's why I've avoided listening to this for so long. (Even though my first exposure to Bob was the all-Island-records-era Legend album that every dorm room in college had a copy of.) But damn if this album isn't great. First of all, the sound is phenomenal—as much as I love the Perry era, his production never sounded as rich and enveloping as this. Here, the production is flawless. You can hear every last detail. And I was blown away by how amazing the drummer, Carlton Barret, is. Even though reggae is often made fun of for how basic and repetitive it is, this dude constantly finds a way to keep things interesting while always remaining tasteful. It's amazing how many of Bob's greatest hits came from this one album. You get past the first four songs (which are great, by the way) and then it's just one hit after another. Dude was on a roll. (The last time I was blown away by how many hits came from a single album was The Stranger by Billy Joel--also from 1977.) Anyway, Bob was a true legend. He had a fantastic gift for melody and his lyrics are timeless. Perhaps more so than any other songwriter or band (maybe even more so than The Beatles), his music transcends borders and cultures. You might not like reggae (though my guess is if that's the case it's because you aren't listening closely) but not liking Bob Marley is akin to not liking the sun. Having said all of that, it's hard to know how to rate this album. It's clearly a 5 as far as an original release goes (songwriting, performances, production, etc.). But is it an album I want to pop on and listen to again anytime soon? I think it, like Zeppelin IV and Who's Next, kind of suffers from its own greatness and over-familiarity. Do I really need to hear Stairway/Baba O'Reilly/Three Little Birds again? I guess today the answer is yes, though I don't know when I'll next pop this sucker back on. 5/5
Was hooked from the first 30 seconds. Rest in Power Bob Marley!
Classic slice of reggae from the man himself. Superb album!
Good with some bangers but not really my ting
It's Bob! What more needs to be said?
Their magnum opus. 8.5/10 F.T.: Exodus
I'm afraid that I'm just as reggae-illiterate as I was nine months ago. Still, I had no problem enjoying this record, released during what I understand is the same period as Natty Dread. It's very strong as an album, like the aforementioned project. Some instrumentals, especially that of the title track, are absolute barn-burners. I think a little more dynamic range would elevate much of the music, but the groove's there and the more important thing anyway.
Очень легкий для прослушивания альбом. Создаёт атмосферу расслабленности, будто лежишь где-то под солнцем, даже если за окном дождливый петербургский день.
v good reggae album obviously
They wailed lol! Also yesterday was a great day for an exodus
A classic from an inspirational man
It was very good, and deserving of its 'iconic' status in my opinion.
Chill. Half of the album was only bangers!
Classic. Three Little Birds as well. Noice.
Mejor que Natty Dead, un estilo menos serio, un reggae mas para el resto
It's Bob fuckin' Marley, you can't hate this, it's impossible.
Not really my style but good in a mellow mood. The repetitiveness of the music is the downside. Some good songs “three little birds” and the back half of the album gets really good. overall I’m glad I heard it. The backstory around the album is even more interesting.
Letkeätä Jamaikan meininkiä joka useasta kuuntelusta huolimatta jäi hieman taustamusiikiksi. Biiseistä suuri osa oli entuudestaan tuttuja, ja olen kyllä aina Marleysta tykännyt. Tuskin reggaeta voisi juurikaan tätä paremmin tehdä.
Rediscovered Jammin’ which was very nice. Reggae is not really my favorite style of music so no 5 stars, but it’s otherwise a great album
I don't know if it rules because of Bob Marley or because I listen to reggae so rarely that it's a lovely change of pace. Either way, great listen.
A reminder that Marley is as important as a religious figure as he is a musical figure. Love the production and bass playing.
From what I read, this album has the highest number of songs that ended up on the best of Bob Marley. I'm a fan of reggae as everyone should be, the rhythms take and transport you to a time and place far and away from my office cube. The music is great, and the attention to social issues are always welcome. Growing up, I was more familiar with Marley's music from his greatest hits album. Which I think I ordered through the Columbia House CD club. It was everywhere. From posters on the wall at college, to every stoner kid ever taking on Bob Marley as their favorite music. It all feels embarrassing to me now. I've spent a lot of time recently with Catch a Fire, an earlier album recorded in 1973. I would have to say that would still be my fave so far. But I'm still working my way through this one. It's always a joy to hear this music, and it never gets old.
I like this
Quality. I remember this well from parties at college
I mean, this is THE reggae album as far as mainstream taste in the UK goes, I think? Pretty much inescapable, but I think it's a testament to the songs that that much forced exposure to them never sent me into a strop. Fave track - "Jammin"... No, "Three Little Birds"... No, "Exodus".... No, "One Love"... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Great album. So nice to sit through :)
Okay, this might be the biggest surprise on the list for me. The first Marley album on this list, "Natty Dread" was the first album I gave a 1 rating to: I found it legitimately unpleasant to listen to. Because of that, I was (natty) dreading this one, expecting it to be another trainwreck where I just couldn't "get" a popular/famous album. Thankfully, no such problems here: this was a very enjoyable, entertaining album and I can completely understand why people like it. It's an album that tackles important issues without losing its upbeat, positive attitude and doesn't come off as preachy. If I have one complaint, it's that Marley's drummer seems to have a clear favorite drumroll and uses it on basically every track: it's not bad, but it feels kind of silly hearing it for the one hundredth time in a row.
Tres bon. Il est lalbum avec plein de classique. Un plaisir a ecouter. 4.5*
Closest to a 5 yet, a great piece of work that is timeless
Only good reggae
this album was really good and had tons of hits. I just can't quite give it a 5. I like Bob Marley but this isn't really my style.
It's alright but hard to care about a reggae album for more than 4 minutes. 7
Reggae music con la calma
Solid album but like all reggae gets a bit samey
7. Wanted to give a 6.9, but it's definitely on the high side of 7 so that would be unfair
Very solid, sounds so great and lush
This is a classic album for sure -- great music, great vibes. I definitely liked it a lot
A couple good hits on this one & I enjoyed it
Clean sound, amazing music, better feelings than I suposed. High quality master.
Onhan tämä hyvän mielen musaa keskelle lonkeron harmautta ja syyssateita. Kirjaimellisesti pilviverhon välistä alkoi aurinko paistaa työhuoneeseen. Were jammin', jammin' jammin', jammin'... Hittien myötä helppo antaa nelonen ilman Bob Marleyn ikonisuuttakin.
A great introduction to Jamaican style, and Bob Marley! Cool religious references. Good pool side music.
Superb album. Roll up a fat one and smoke da reefa!
Good fun, only criticism is the tracks can get somewhat samey. *and I hope ya like jammin' too*
Didn't think I liked BM, but thought this was great.
I liked this a lot, some big songs.
Chill/smoke/beach album supreme
Reggae is such an underrated genre, wish more people would take it seriously. Rip Bob Marley, you would've hated Israel.
yes yes yes