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 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!
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 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.
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 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.
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.
I feel like I get a contact high just from listening to this album.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Marley er altid godt, men et helt album er måske lige i overkanten, medmindre man er i "humøret" ;)
Really enjoyed it surprisingly. Not big on reggae but this could be a future purchase! Thoroughly enjoyable album! Who knew I’d like it!
Bob’s best... and he’s one of the best
Bob Marley is an absolute legend, and this album contains a few of his most well-known songs.
I've never listened to this album in it's entirety before. I probably wouldn't have in general. Not because I thought it was bad or anything, but just because I feel like I have heard most of them. Jamming, one love, 3 little birds. Literal classics and over all a very solid album. Just a classic.
Classic album 4/5
defining reggae album
funky beachy Christian music
Solid album. Lot of songs I grew up with. (8/10) Favorite Tracks : Three little birds, One Love
I never had them down as much of an album act but this is very strong. Lots of recognisable songs and the album tracks are decent too
It’s Exodus- what else is there to say. All the songs are good, and the album sits well as a collection of them. The production is also spot on. Only 4 stars because, though like every Bob Marley song is good, One Love always seems to hog the spotlight. Bob Marley at least to me has been played to death, but I still respect his musicianship and songs. Still, play something else god damnit !
One of my favorites, close to a 5
Wow. I'm actually not a huge fan of reggae but this album is amazing. It was clever of Bob Marley to split it the way he did too by putting the spiritual and political songs on side 1 and the songs about sex and relationships on side 2. This is my favorite Wailers album (even though technically they broke up but he kept the name). There was one track (on side 2 I think) where you can hear his influence on some of Sting's singing as well. I also enjoyed this enough to listen to the bonus tracks and bonus live disk and can't help but wonder if Sepultura's "Roots Bloody Roots" was a lyrical homage to Marley's "Roots".
I always enjoy Bob Marley’s stuff. Very masterful and a cut up above in reggae. The only real problem is that after him, who is there? Very few other reggae stars you can think of off the top of your head. I have heard most of this in collections or live performances, so it was nice to hear a couple imof tracks I had missed.
nice cheerful reggae with 3 bangers and the rest is good too
Probably merits a 3-3.5 because it's light outside of the hits but based on influence and my own enjoyment I'm feeling like a 4.
Liked everything about this. 4.5+
Very strange to hear these songs in order rather than individually on the radio
This is Bob Marley and I'm very happy to see it on the list. This is not the best thing that I listened here, but for sure it fits all the characteristics of a classcial.
Let's get together and feeeeel alright
While I am not a huge fan of reggae music. This album undeniably creates a great vibe, brings joy to the soul and doesn't outstay it's runtime. Full of songs that have become extremely iconic and well known.
Some real classics in there. Very revolutionary type vibe. power to the people.
Classic Bob. Like musical medicine. Love it.
love me some bob marley
Fantastic. Loved this album and hearing all the songs I hadn’t heard from Bob before. 8/10
Not as good as I remember but still an absolute dime.
Not my favourite Marley album but still a great record.
Reggea ist immer chillig. Von allen Reggea Songs sind die meisten bekannten/besten hier drin
This was a pretty damn good album. I'm still learning to appreciate reggae more, and Bob Marley makes it super accessible, so I can dig it.
This album bore 5 singles and three of them were monster hits for Bob so there’s that. But apart from those singles I found the songs to be too preachy and political and basically complaining about the same thing, ad nauseum, so it gets tiresome after awhile. However, there were those monster hits that must be acknowledged.
First listen to a reggae album, didn't give full attention so can't rate properly, but would listen again
Cool und unterhaltsamer als gedacht. Auch wenn es immer derselbe Rhythmus ist, nicht langweilig.
So many hits on 1 album
I really like the guitar on "Natural Mystic." The next few tracks felt didn't deliver anything particularly special, and it turns out "Exodus" is a bit repetitive. But "Jamming," "Three Little Birds," and "One Love" do plenty to carry this album. To follow up on hellyeah, not only is it crazy that Marley died of melanoma, but that the kind of melanoma he got has an average age of onset between 60 and 70 years, and an 67% 10-year survival rate. Too many musical tragedies where we can only wonder how the artist would have evolved over a longer career. What would the 80s and 90s have been like if Marley, Morrison, Hendrix, Joplin, Lennon, and others had been alive? What would the 00s have been like if Cobain, Biggie, 2Pac, and so many others had still be around? For an even further tangent, because I started thinking more about the alternate world where Cobain lived to grow old... if Kurt stuck around, would there never have been the Foo Fighters. If Andrew Wood lived, would Pearl Jam have never existed?
I really enjoyed this, have listened to BM over the years but never a complete album. Was pleasantly surprised that so many of his well known hits were on one album, one I would listen to again
Half of the songs on this album are true classics! The rest are just damn good! 4/5
I think this might be the peak Bob Marley album - chill vibes throughout, featuring all of Exodus, Jamming, Three Little Birds and One Love. A slow start loses the shot at the fifth star but I very much enjoyed listening to this.
Really nice and elevated by a trio of huge heavy hitters in 'Jamming', 'Three Little Birds' and 'One Love/People Get Ready'.
Banger after banger. The last minute or so of the title track drives me wild. 4.25
This album has my my two favorite Marley songs, "Waiting in Vain" and "Three Little Birds." It really is an album divided into two parts. Side 1 or the first five songs ending in " Exodus" is more serious focused on political issues. Bob Marley left Jamicia to London after a failed assassination attempt where he recorded this. Side 2 totally changes direction, almost a different album and the focus is "having fun" and hope. Besides the above mentioned songs, it also includes "Jamming" and "One Love", all hits. Apparently, this sound was not quite the reggae style of time in Jamica, incorporating more blues, soul and rock. I can't comment on that since this was my introduction to reggae and I have not dug that deep into the reggae style and history. An excellent album.
A wonderful record with great messages, made even more amazing by the fact that he truly believed and lived by it.
A pretty solid outing from Bob Marley & the Wailers until it falls off a cliff with two of the most annoying (and misrepresentative) songs in their discography. The fact that it actually ends the original release (not including the two bonus tracks) is mind boggling in and of itself. Good thing Punky Reggae Party exists in the bonus edition. Favorites: Everything except One Love/People Get Ready and Three Little Birds.
Nice, chill, relaxing vibes. I would listen to it again.
Not a huge fan, but I do like to listen to some Marley from time to time.
Simply amazing. Very well produced and has 6/10 hits. IMO it's less about Reggae and more a platform for Bob so it's comes down to "do you like him or not".
This is the opposite of most of the albums we've listen to - the first few songs are fine, but nothing special, and then it kicks up a gear or two when you hit the middle of the album. Exodus - Jamming - Waiting In Vain - Turn Your Lights Down Low - Three Little Birds - One Love/People Get Ready is as good a run as we've had so far. 4/5. Not something I'll listen to regularly, it's not really my style of music, but of the limited amount of reggae that I'll listen to, most of it is on this album.
Really good album with some mega hits and an overall great reggae vibe. Will listen again and again.
Classic. Reminds me of summer barbecues.
I love this album, and it’s admittedly a bit of a nostalgia trip. The driving rhythm and urgency of Exodus to the relaxed persistence of Waiting in Vain show the masterful musicianship and songwriting that I think is often overlooked in reggae as a genre.
Now that’s one funky reggae party. Had me boppin all day long at work. Prove to me that it’s not Will Ferrell on the cowbell on Turn Your Lights Down Low…
Luv da ray guy mon
Solid album that’s a pleasure to listen to.
Classic reggae. The back half of the album is where all the famous tracks are.
You can't listen to this without bobbing (pun intended) your head along. Gorgeous, catchy production and infectious lyrics.
I was pleasantly surprised by this album! Bob Marley is obviously a well-known icon even in today's world, but I wasn't too familiar with his music before listening to 'Exodus' (it's actually tough for me to think of another artist THAT iconic that I can name less songs from. Tupac maybe?). The one song I knew for sure was 'Three Little Birds' which originally came from this record. While that song is pretty good, I felt that this album as a whole reached some greater heights than I originally anticipated based off of that one track. I am not familiar with the reggae genre at all, but I find it difficult to imagine an album topping this one for me. While I still feel that this type of music seems to blend into one another, these songs all had clear messages, smooth vibes, and very clear instrumentation/production throughout. It was a calm listen that caught my attention a few times over its short length. 'Waiting In Vain' was my personal favorite (got that track added to my Starred list), but I didn't find any of the songs on here objectively bad. It wasn't enough to convert me into a full-on reggae or Marley fan immediately, but I did have a good time going through this one and might throw it on again in the future. 3.5/5.
I was jammin!
Classic reggae! : ]
Good stuff. Although I do get the sense after this album that once you hear a few reggae songs, you've heard all of them. Not that this is a bad thing, but it does get a little samey after a while.
Really enjoyed this one. As it's the winter that will never end, I'm excited about the possibility of sitting outside when it's 75 degrees out and listening to an album that seems like it's meant to be listened to in open air. "Side B" of the album contains all the hits.
Ég á svolítið erfitt með Reggae. Þótt það sé að mörgu leyti skemmtilegt er eitthvað element í því sem ég er ekki að dansa við. Þetta er mjög áheyrileg plata og margt þarna hefur maður vissulega heyrt mjög oft. Góð, en ég mun ekki leita hana uppi aftur.
Great album, has waiting in vain on it
Some absolute and nostalgic classics on this seminal album
Although not usually a genre I enjoy, the infectiousness and commitment of Bob Marley is hard to ignore and there is a freshness and energy to his approach which is winning. So many memorable hits are here and the production sparkles.
Boring but lyrics were deep
My problem with this album is that it makes me wish I was on a Caribbean vacation, but instead I'm at work.
Por Three Little Birds se merece un 4. Agradable, y eso que a mí no me gusta el reggae
Reggae music con la calma. Un 4.
I always say to myself that I prefer reggae at the rootsier end of the spectrum...and then this polished, pop-oriented album comes along and makes a mockery of my supposed convictions. Anchored by probably the finest rhythm section in reggae, this is full of bangers - I'm not even a huge fan of 'Three Little Birds' not 'One Love / People Get Ready', and it doesn't matter because everything preceding these is solid gold. And these two tunes, whilst a bit saccharine for my tastes, are perfectly listenable. 'Jamming' is playful, with a great vocal hook in the verse; 'Natural Mystic' lopes along with a kicky, underrated bassline; and 'Waiting In Vain' is a lovely song brimming with yearning. Oh well - back to The Congos for me!
"Don't Worry 'bout a thing. Every little thing is gonna be alright. " This is a good one! The first four songs are fine, but they don't compare to the rest of the album. Songs 5-10 are exceptional. Three Little Birds is my all-time favorite. Classics: Exodus, Jamming, Waiting in Vain, Three Little Birds, One Love/People Get Ready. 4/5
Muy Pacheco 😂
It's Bob Marely, eeeeh.
Decent but can't help to feel a bit underwhelmed given his legacy and the expectations that come with it. Not a bad album, good for the background but nothing more
Pretty good. I'm not a big fan of reggae but I still enjoyed this quite a bit
Not a fan
3.5-3.75 first full reggae album listen, a classic but a lil slow, also its winter time probably a better summer album
can't do it
Classic for its time and even now
I've got nothing against raggae, but it's just enough to listen to in while working
ja ist ja gut, die hits sind dabei. schön und gut. 3
Probably the best Bob Marley I've heard
Yes, a classic
Jammin in the name of the lord
Onkel Bob - der allgegenwärtige, dessen Odem mich trotzdem nie erweckt hat: Ich hab Roots-Reggae immer noch weniger verstanden als Funk und Soul, und im Gegensatz dazu reizt er mich auch bis heute nur wenig. Trotzdem (bitte nicht steinigen, Wursthaareträger der Herzen!): schönes Pop-Album, gefällt mir ganz gut!
Ihan ok pilviveikkojen musaa. Tää reggae on mulle kuitenkin vähän liian chilliä kamaa, varmaan pitäis olla enempi pössyissä. Ei häiritse, mutta ei kummemmin innostakaan.
Canonical Bob Marley. Hard to not view this as a dated cliche, but there will forever be times and places for this sound
Really interesting to hear these songs in an album context, and not just random singles. Not a bad way to start a Friday.
Chill, relaxing and good background music
I was dreading have to listen to Marley again, but this album was a lot better than the previous one. Still not great, but I can bear to hear it again :P
Eerste helft zagerige politieke liedjes. 2e helft is beter met 'Jamming' en 'Three Little Birds'.
Relaxed listening. nice for a while.
Saved Prior: None Saved Off Rip: So Much Things To Say, Three Little Birds, Punky Reggae Party Cutting Edge: Waiting In Vain Overall Notes: Not particularly a reggae fan but this was clearly very good, no bad songs, a clean 3.5 stars but had to round down
Like the length, funky and soulful, political and personal at the same time, probably best reggae album ever, second half is fantastic Saved: Waiting in Vain, Three Little Birds, One Love / People Get Ready - Medley
a msm solidan rege jbg
very mellow and fun. also a little plunka plunka which spiked my stress response.
An enjoyable listen with a couple of classic tracks - will never be a go to genre for me but appreciate what I hear
Surprisingly nice, buzz kill party album though.
Jamming, THREE LITTLE BIRDS <3
I know nothing about reggae but this is a lovely album that transcends the genre (probably, I dunno). Some fantastic songs on this.
It’s good. But it all had one dynamic. Also important lyrics for learning how to peacefully resist.
Bueno para relajarse/estudiar
Hits of Bob Marley
I like Bob Marley, although I've not heard much of his stuff. 2 songs in and I'm liking it alright, although it does all sound about what I expected so far based on what little I've heard of his before. Overall I liked it. I think most of the songs sounded similar. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Giving this a 3 overall cuz I think it lacked a bit of variety I was wanting.
I'm not the best reviewer of reggae as I've never been much of a fan of the genre; I find a lot of it too repetitive for my taste. Having said that, this album i've found to be at a minimum excellent background/work environment music (which probably sounds insulting to Marley fans) - there's a hypnotic aspect to many of the songs ("Exodus" for one example) that has almost an inherent internal build. I went into this one not too excited about listening to it but honestly have enjoyed it more than I expected to. The minimalism of many of the arrangements is a big plus factor for me, but I've found this to have more of a sneaky variety than I'd mistakenly assumed; there are some great instrumental passages that catch the ear, and simply - there are really good *songs* here (as opposed to something else highly-revered but to me lacking in songwriting, the album I've most recently-listened to by "Love") I usually give 2 to something that I can acknowledge has artistic value but isn't something I'd listen to again, but clearly this exercise is doing its job in exposing me to my previously-unexplored genres/subgenres - the fact that I'm replaying the album definitely boosts this to a strong 3 for me - really enjoying it.
mellow dramatic, repetitive, but nice sound
Ok, not that into reagge though
Top album, mer prefereer Legend op de platenspeler.
Really enjoyed this album as I wasn't sure when I hit "play" this morning
Prefereer Legend, mer toch tof album.
EXIDUS! Movement of Chariba! BOO!! —or something along those lines... the heavy, hypnotic beat had my otherwise reggae-resistant joints wagging to and fro. These lyrics: /'Tis he who fight and run away/ Live to fight another day/ ----So much for what doesn't kill you :D Definitely an album to be listened to in certain calm situations under low pressure. Not while washing the dishes or running. Crocheting is better. Aids in clearing your mind completely, if that's what you're looking to do.
Some nice music there, including some that were stuck in my head for years
I know I should care more, but I just can't even
i know this is supposed to be bob marleys masterpiece album, but its just not as good as kaya. some monster bangers on it, but just a bit lacking.
Great album, and nothing beats Jamming. I just get tired of reggae after a bit.
Some strong songs, but rather slow and sludgy to start.
This was a pretty good listen. I suppose it's a testament to Bob Marley but this didn't grate on me like a lot of reggae does after the 3rd or so track. It deserves a 3.5.
This is good. I think Marley does this type of music about as well as anyone could, but it seems to me a simplistic art form. Not that simple music can’t be great, but there just isn’t much to this in my opinion. The song Jammin’ sums it up. They’re sitting around, jammin, riffing lyrics. It’s good.
Samaa kategoriaa kuin koko genre, kuuntelee hetken ihan jeekkis, mutta yliannos tulee kovin vauhdilla. Pari kovaa biisiä tälläkin levyllä. 2,5*
I could really feel the vibrations through my earphones. A great reggae album. There's "the lick" in the 5th track 'exodus' btw lol
Relatively enjoyable - A good lacked vibe
Reggae isn't my favourite genre, but it's mostly because it gives me vibes of people who hang out in seedy backpacker hostels in SE Asia, of sitting in 40 degree heat drinking warm beer at beach bars, that kind of thing. This album isn't too bad - it has a happy enough little personality going on, and the music is pretty inoffensive. It does drag a bit though, it's pretty slow-paced, similar throughout, and goes for 50min.... but for some reason I got more into it towards the end? 3/5.
Pas de grosse surprise, du bon Bob.
Reggae will def never be my thing, this album isn't bad, I'm vibing, but I don't think I'll listen to it voluntarily
Not a huge fan of reggae (ironic since I'm into ska) so this one is probably not for me. Definitely a good album (great talent involved), just not one that resonates with me.
This is an album you can vibe to in most settings. Honestly the album sounded the same most of the way through. I still enjoyed his voice, the message, the music.. nice all around
Never really connected with reggae but this still sounds smooth nonetheless
Never really connected with these guys despite their obvious talent and sweet sound.
Bob Marley is a tine and a place for me. Not my typical listening but when I am near a beach or when I was in Costa Rica on the Caribbean... yeah that was perfect. Some good tracks and I respect it but I wouldn't always listen to it.
I was surprised, I actually quite like Reggae. This was a relaxing listen.
This is the ninth album from Bob Marley and his band, and was released from the UK following Bob Marley's exodus there to escape an assassination attempt. Exodus is another reggae album, but incorporates more bass as well as sounds from blues and soul music. This critically and commercially successful album propelled Bob Marley into international stardom, and is certified gold. A lot of Bob Marley's hits came from this album. This chill, but funky album has the perfect music for a laid-back occasion. Have to spark one up and take a listen!
Three little things is really relaxing.
I can appreciate it for what it is. It’s good music but it is really not my thing.
My favorites on this album are Jamming (ironic because I rail against bands jamming), One Love/People Get Ready, and Three Little Birds. The rest of the album is listenable, but average to me. I prefer Survival to Exodus. I can’t believe Bob Marley died from melanoma found under his toenail. Damn what a tough break. How the hell is one supposed to find that? Life’s a bitch sometimes.
Ahh, another BM. I feel a kinship to this guy simply because of his unfortunate name used to indicate Bowel Movement. On my way to work I was listening to 'Jamming' on the radio. The station cut to a commercial break for Charmin toilet tissue. Did you know that Chamin's slogan happens to be 'Enjoy the Go'? I giggled a little when I heard that. Not sure about you, but I always enjoy a good BM. But reggae music is a different story. I hate reggae music, but this is somehow redeemable simply because of the unique mood it sets up. Like, let's all get high and relaxate, and who doesn't want to do that? All things can be facilitated with a little relaxation. Next time I go BM, I'm gonna take some BM with me.
It's fine, it's old school reggae, it's Bob. Easy listening for a Sunday morning, but doesn't get me going. Got Three Little Birds though, and that will always make me think of my Dad.
Today's Album: "Exodus" by Bob Marley & The Wailers - This is a very laid back and chill album, with most songs comprising of a steady reggae backbeat and hazy vocals from Marley. I think for me, a lot of it gets pretty boring and static, but I absolutely see the value of having it on in the background of a smoke sesh and the sound of the record itself is super warm and comfortable. However, other than the highlights listed below, I think all this album is for me is perfectly adequate background noise. Score: 5/10 Okay Highlights: Exodus, Jamming, Three Little Birds, One Love
Not bad, was never a big reggae fan and hoped this would open it up for me but not yet!
Stone cold classic no doubt but not my jam 3
Ægte reggae, afslappende, svævende, muntert, three little birds, jamming
A very tough 3. No reason it shouldn't be a four except for recency bias.
Wasn’t in the mood and reggae is my least favourite genre however, it wasn’t that bad so an average 3*
Pros: -It's one of the best albums by probably the best artist in this genre (reggae). -He wrote this after a failed assassination attempt, that's pretty wild. - It has two 100/100 tracks: "Jamming", and "One Love" Cons: - Outside of a few A+ tracks, many of the others are easy to forget. Misc: - hard for me to stay objective because I really don't love reggae. To me, it's like the most background type of music/art ever; more background than a computer's background image of a sprawling mountain vista. More background than the soft jazz that plays 24/7 on the TV guide channel. That's OK though, that's totally ok! It's just not my thing. I think ultimately what hurts the genre for me is that the smaller musical ideas that define the genre are the same things that limit the genre. Like there's a limited pool of rhythms / tones to pull from for reggae songwriters and that keeps the genre in a smaller space. - I'm giving it a 3 but I feel it's more a 2.5. I'm giving it the benefit of the 0.5 to make it a 3 due to the greatness of "One Love" and "Jamming"
Such a vibbbe. Of course with reggae, you get that repetitive zone-y trance-y beat which is part of what makes it so reliably chill. I also admire how Bob Marley was so upfront with his powerful lyrical messages. Makes me want to be at the beach fo' sho.
Strong. Still not my thing, but strong.
Not much of a fan of reggae. Band sounds good. Ok if it is your thing.
I expected to LOVE it, but I can't say that end to end. Two songs in particular are all-time favorites for me (Natural Mystic and 3 Little Birds). And it's great for listening while working. But turn the microscope on it and it gets a pretty long. God, I bet they'd have been fun live tho.
Fine for what it is, which is something I don't enjoy
I mean, I get it. I get it! I get it. I get why people like this. I just don't like it that much. Three Little Birds is great. It's a very chill listen. I just don't like it that much. I'm sorry.
Yup. It's definitely reggae.
i hate to say it but i think bob marley is overrated. i genuinely wanted to like this one and it just felt kinda boring.
Should give this more of a chance but gets a bit repetitive
Ist was es ist: Bilderbuch Reggae Monochrome 2.3
Não curto o gênero
Iets minder repetitief dan het vorige.
1st half great, then it goes into a lot of the songs that I don't like so much - seem really childish...
The only artist I know who’s albums are so over shadowed by his greatest hits album. I too am guilty of this and intend to rectify this from today.
July 19, 2021 I think reggae is just not for me - there are some songs on here that I can tell would be classics but I just can't get into it. Very repetitive to me and since I'm more of a music than a lyrics person I don't think I'm getting the messaging as well as would be intended. Also, I'm pretty sure we used to play this album when I worked at Starbucks and anything to do with that hellscape is ruined for me now.
It's fine. Not really into reggae.
No tää nyt taas floppas
Marlie can pull off some great vocals, but the LP as a whole is overwhelmingly repetititve.
Very similar sounding songs
I can stand Reggae in the right dosage. This is overkill. OK, I should have known the moment I read "Bob Marley", but still ... 2/5
I have always assumed to be the kind of person who'd really be into Bob Marley but no matter how many times I tried him, it never clicked. I tried to listen to this classic with more care, even reading the lyrics and reviews and background on the album to better appreciate it. I suppose I'll have to admit defeat with reggae and accept that I'll never fall in love with Bob Marley's music.
Man, this guy REALLY like reggae, no? This is a type of music that you either dig or you don't. I dig - but only on certain occasions and certain tracks. I appreciate the importance of Marley more than I enjoy anything on this album; that rhythm and those guitars have always been a barrier for me because of the lack of variety my ears can pick up on. I'm sure there's nuance here from track to track. I just can't hear it. Clearly, this is a me problem. Maybe one of these days it'll click. But today is not that day.
I'm sure this is good as far as it goes, but I hate reggae, truly.
I don't like reggae and this did not change that at all
Damn, who knew that 3 minute songs can take so incredibly long. It's a very easy 1, but at the same time still much better (or less bad) than I had expected. Nonetheless, it's sooooooo boring. I didn't last 3 full songs.
This is just Jimmy Buffet with soul, a little substance, and weed instead of booze. Embarrassingly overrated.
Wow this was boring Every song consisted of a simplistic 6 second rhythm that looped the entire track without changing at all, while he sang over it. You hear one of his songs, you've heard em all