Volume 2: Issue 6: August 2002

Welcome to the August 2002 update of wailers.co.uk. This site aims to bring you news and opinions of the Wailers and associated affairs, with regular contributors offering articles and reports from around the world.

NOTICE: Due to personal comittments, the webmasters have been unable to update this site regularly over the past few months. We apologise for the disappointment this may have caused, and would like to thank those who expressed concern for this sites future.We will update as and when we can, and would greatly appreciate any articles, reports, news and info submitted to this cause.

Word has leaked through to this station that Bob Marley and the Wailers 1976 opus Rastman Vibration could be the next in line for the deluxe 2 CD treatment.

The album, recorded in the Autumn of 1975 will apparently be expanded to 21 tracks, with unreleased alternate versions and dubs on the first disc, with a second disc containing tracks from the classic Roxy Theatre show, 26th May 1976.

The track listing we received for disc 1 looks like this:

1. Positive Vibration (3:33)
2. Roots, Rock, Reggae (3:19)
3. Johnny Was (3:47)
4. Cry To Me (3:36)
5. Want More (4:13)
6. Crazy Baldhead Marley (3:37)
7. Who The Cap Fit (3:46)
8. Night Shift (3:40)
9. War (3:32)
10. Rat Race (3:52)

Bonus Tracks
11. Jah Live Criteria mix (4:15) (WIP 6265) late '75
12. Concrete b-side of Jah Live (4:20) (WIP 6265) late '75
13. Roots, Rock, Reggae (3:36) unreleased mix 5/7/76
14. Roots, Rock, Dub (3:34) unreleased mix 5/7/76
15. Who The Cap Fit (DUB) (4:42) unreleased mix 8/3/76
16. Smile Jamaica slow version (3:19) (WIP 6376) late '76
17. Smile Jamaica (DUB) b-side of Smile Jamaica (3.07) (WIP 6376) late '76
18. Want More unreleased alternate mix (5:08)
19. Crazy Baldhead unreleased alternate mix (3:10)
20. War unreleased alternate mix (4.02)
21. Johnny Was unreleased alternate mix (3.42)

It's unclear where this release would leave the previously proposed Live! deluxe set, but we would imagine that the second disc of live recordings on this release would mean that it no longer figures in Island Records plans.

Trojan Records have thought of yet another way to re-package some of their Wailers recordings.

The first of the two new releases is a box set consisting of eight 7" singles released on 23rd September. The collection features re-presses of the original vinyl singles released on the UK Upsetter label between 1970 and 1972:

1. My Cup/Son OfThunder
2. Duppy Conqueror/Justice
3. Mr. Brown/Dracula
4. Kaya/Kaya (alt.)
5. Small Axe/All In One (medley)
6. More Axe/Axe Man
7. Dreamland/Dreamland (version)
8. Keep On Moving/African Herbsman

Also on the release schedule is a revamped version of the Soul Rebels album. The new edition will feature extra tracks culled from the usual Trojan sources.

19th of August is the release date for Trojan's Pied Piper: The Best Of Bob & Marcia, featuring 25 of Marcia Griffiths' duets with Bob Andy. The collection also contains 6 solo tracks from each of the two featured artists.

Full details appear on www.trojanrecords.com

Celebrating Jamaica's 40th year of independence, the BBC have comissioned several programmes to air over their channels this August, including a three part history of reggae, and an airing of Bob & the Wailers legendary Rainbow '77 film.

from www.bbc.co.uk

I Love Jamaica
Saturday 3 August, 10:15pm, BBC TWO
From cricket to jerk chicken, the Reggae Boyz to Grace Jones, and taking in territory as diverse as lilt adverts, Harry Belafonte and Battie Riders on the way, I Love Jamaica gives the A to Z to Jamaica and celebrates the very best cultural exports from the island in the sun.

The Harder They Come
Saturday 3 August, 11.15pm, BBC TWO
Charismatic Reggae musician Jimmy Cliff stars in this Jamaican film classic, a journey through music, crime, corruption and myth-making in 1970s Kingston. The score, put together by Cliff, Slickers and Desmond Dekker, is a string of hits which helped put Reggae on the map outside Jamaica.

Blood and Fire
Sunday 4 August, 7pm, BBC TWO
The story of the Jamaican people's path to independence, and the heroes and personal dramas behind that story. There's special focus on the cousins Norman Manley and Alexander Bustamante, and how their very different ambitions for an independent Jamaica led to the formation of Jamaica's two major rival political parties.

Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music
Sundays, 4, 11 and 18 August, 8pm, BBC TWO
The story of Reggae told in unprecedented depth in three one-hour programmes, Train to Skaville, Rebel Music and Inna Dancehall Style. Including contributions from Rico Rodriguez, UB40, Ernest Ranglin, Bunny Wailer, Jimmy Cliff, Max Romeo, Bounty Killer, Shaggy, Buju Banton and So Solid Crew.

Bob Marley Live At The Rainbow
Sunday 4 August, 9pm, BBC FOUR
Bob Marley and the Wailers played 13 of their greatest hits to a packed house at London's Rainbow Theatre in the summer of 1977. The Exodus album was riding high in the British charts and the Wailers' music was everywhere - on the airwaves, jukeboxes, sound systems and hi-fis. The seminal Rainbow show was a celebration of that burgeoning popularity - and this is a rare chance to hear it in a live recording.

Life and Debt (In Jamaica)
Sunday 4 August, 10:10pm, BBC FOUR, repeated Tuesday 6 August, 10pm
A feature-length documentary addressing the impact of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and current globalisation policies on a developing country such as Jamaica. A tribute to the ingenuity, strength and defiance of the Jamaican people, Life and Debt was awarded Best Documentary at the Jamerican Film Festival.

Profile: Linton Kwesi Johnson
Tuesday 6 August, 10:00pm, BBC FOUR
Jamaican-British dub poet and Island-signed Reggae artist Linton Kwesi Johnson has voiced the struggles of the black community in performance and print since arriving in Britain at the age of 11. This year he became only the second living poet ever to be included in Penguin Books' list of Modern Classics. This profile assesses his life and work.

This programme is followed by a repeat of Storyville: Life and Debt at 10:30pm and a Talk Show special on Jamaican culture at 11:35pm.

TOTP2: Reggae Special
Tuesday 13 August, 6:20pm, BBC TWO
This Top of the Tops 2 special brings us some of the great Reggae performances on Top of the Pops across 25 years of shows, including Dave & Ansel Collins, Janet Kaye, Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Smiley Culture, Althia & Donna, Shabba Ranks and Shaggy.

The August edition of Mojo magazine (105) celebrates Jamaica's 40th independance anniversary with several articles based on the countries musical output.

There is a 7 page history of the Wailers that follows the group following their departure from Studio One, through the Wail 'N Soul 'M and JAD days, up to the Island Records contract as well as UB40's Ali Campbell describing his love of the African Herbsman album.

There is a good article on the Skatalites and a exploration of the Bobo Dread faith, as well as a list of the 50 greatestreggae albums of all time. Finally the magazine follows a search for long lost Blue Beat hero Ezz Reco in a fascinating and long overdue history of the King Of Kings hit maker.

If all that isn't enough to convince you to part with your cash, the mag comes complete with an attractively designed 20 track Trojan sampler CD containing cuts from the likes of the Upsetters, the Maytals, Slim Smith and of course the Wailers (Mr. Brown).

Remember, our good friend and website contributor Alvaro Gaynicotche now broadcasts a show dedicated to Bob & the Wailers every Saturday on X FM -100.3 Montevideo,Uruguay.

X FM is broadcoast on the Internet, so you can hear it from all over the world. The Uruguay time for the show is : Saturday, 7:00 PM to 9:00PM.

People can contact Alvaro at : robertovive@portalx.com.uy
And you can hear by clicking "X FM"" on this site:
¡Roberto Vive!

Previous Updates:
Number 17, July 2002
Number 16, April 2002    Number 15, March 2002
Number 14, February 2002     Number 13, January 2002

Number 12, December 2001     Number 11, November 2001
Number 10, October 2001     Number 9, September 2001
Number 8, August 2001    Number 7, July 2001
Number 6, June 2001     Number 5, May 2001
Number 4, April 2001    Number 3, March 2001
Number 2, February 2001    Number 1, January 2001

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