Back Issues of the Wailers News July 1998
Back Issues of the Wailers News
"Bunny's Standing Ovation" -
Those of us who have been anxiously awaiting for Bunny Wailer's new album, shouldn't have to wait much longer. Roger Steffens has given us some new and very exciting information about Bunny's new album, to be entitled "Standing Ovation", due to be released very soon.
The double album collection will feature 50-tracks in commemoration of Bunny's 50th birth-year, which actually happened in April of 1997. From what Roger tells us, the collection will feature early Wailers songs with Bunny at the lead for Coxson Dodd's Studio One label. The set will also collect for the first time anywhere, Bunny's, "Solomonic singles, picks from his albums, and at least a dozen new songs," said Roger.
Roger said that among the new songs for the album there are titles like "Stand In Love" (what Roger calls "a lush hit-sounding ballad"), "Don't Blame Rasta", "Genetic Order", "Reggae Converts", "Veterans", "Reggae Rebel" and Teenie Wappaz". Roger sums up the album by exclaiming, "Murderation mi a tell yah!"
This set will be crucial for sure!
"Peter Tosh At His Best"- One of the highlights of Peter Tosh's career were most definitely his live concerts, and with any luck the public will soon have a chance to own some of his finest live performances, released legitimately on CD. Roger Steffens also gave us the great news about some forthcoming live CD's that JAD Records, in conjunction with the Peter Tosh estate, is set to release very soon.
The first album is Peter's perfomance at the One Love Peace Concert which took place in Kingston, Jamaica on April 22, 1978. At the show Peter took it upon himself to speak to the audience for over 20 minutes about the downfalls of many things, especially the Peace Concert. Tosh also gave an incredible performance as well! Roger tells us that the album, "Will be completely intact with all the speeches etc., and a lush booklet which will print the speeches as given (in patois) and perhaps appropriate "retranslations" of them, so that people who are not native speakers of English can make more sense of them."
The second album is a, as yet untitled, Peter Tosh acoustic/interview album. Roger says that he hopes that the disc will include, "All of Tosh's acoustic sessions known to exist, plus wonderful interview and speech-on-stage excerpts." Two of Tosh's most famous "acoustic" sessions took place in Chicago on WXFM radio in 1977, and Eugene, Oregon on KZEL radio in the late 1970s. Because of copyright infringements, they can't use MTV's "Unplugged" trademark, so the title hasn't been finalized yet.
The third live CD in the series will feature Tosh's November 27, 1982 performance at the Jamaica World Music Festival. Roger emphasizes that it will be the complete perfomance, including Peter's, "Infamous rant at sunrise when all the power (except on his mic) went out for a long stretch."
Live tape collectors have probably had these tapes in their collections, however, these JAD Records releases will be totally remastered and completely legitimate, sounding better than they've ever sounded before!
"Bob Marley Beat Magazine"- The newest edition of The Beat magazine is on the newstands as you read this, and is the issue's "16th Annual Bob Marley & The Wailers Collectior's Edition". Among the issues many highlights include articles such as "Zimbabwe Victorious: Bob Marley's African Triumph", which chronicles, in great detail, Bob Marley & The Wailer's April 1980 historic trip to Zimbabwe, for the country's independence day celebration. The article also has many never-before seen photos of Bob and his entourage in Zimbabwe.
Also in the issue is an interview with Wailers keyboardist, Earl "Wire" Lindo, giving the public a rare insight into a crucial member of the Wailers. Within the interview you can learn little known facts about his history, such as how Peter Tosh discovered him from relative obscurity. "Wya", as he is often called, also talks about what it was like to tour with The Wailers on their first US tour in 1973.
There's so much more in this issue, so be sure to pick it up for yourself! You can order a subscription to The Beat by e-mailing them by clicking HERE!
"The Wailers Band On The Internet"- If you point your web browsers over to the Classic Reggae Interviews site, you can listen to and read exclusive interviews that the site did with Wailers Band members' Al Anderson (guitarist) and Earl "Wire" Lindo (keyboards). They're fascinating interviews so be sure to check them out by clicking HERE!
The site says that they will also have classic Bob Marley and Peter Tosh interviews soon, so be on the lookout for that as well!
In other Wailers Band news, liveconcerts.com will be re-broadcasting a live Wailers Band show from the House Of Blues in Hollywood, California, which was originally broadcast on April 18 of this year. The re-broadcast will air on July 17th at 8:30 pm EST, through the use of RealAudio technologies, and you can hear it by clicking HERE!
"Come Go With Lee"- Perfect Sound Forever, an excellent online e-zine, has an incredible Lee "Scratch" Perry tribute page for it's July issue. The tribute includes concert reviews from his recent 1997 tour, an album review of one of Scratch's best-ever albums, articles (including a little something about Perry's non-musical influences, written by us!), and much more.
Make sure to give it a visit, by clicking HERE! or on the picture to the left, to go directly to the special Scratch page.
"12 Weeks And Still Going Strong"- The Complete Wailers Part 1 set is still on the Billboard Reggae Charts for the 12th week in a row, and this week it is at number 6. If this is any indication, this means that The Wailers' music is touching new people everyday!
We've also updated our Complete Wailers site, with a lot of new information and pictures. Check it out by clicking the "complete" link in the menu at the left!
The Maritime Hall in San Francisco, California will release on September 15th, The Wailers Band "Live at Maritime Hall", which was originally recorded live on April 24th of this year. Other live releases from the Maritime Hall include Gregory Isaacs, Yellowman, Beenie Man, and Lee "Scratch" Perry. For more information, visit their website by clicking HERE! or on the picture at the right.
- new release #1 -
Even though Jamaica's Reggae Boyz are no longer in the 1998 World Cup of soccer, you can still celebrate their appearance in the Cup, by picking up the, "Allez! Ola! Ole! - Music of the World Cup", CD on the Columbia Records label.
- new release #2 -
The disc was released on June 9th worldwide, and one of the tracks is performed by Jamaica United, which is an all-star line-up of reggae and dancehall musicians, such as Ziggy Marley, the I-Threes, Toots Hibbert, Ini Kamoze, Tony Rebel, Buju Banton, and many more artists. The song is the official theme song of the Jamaican National football (soccer) team, and is entitled, "Rise Up". If you click HERE! you can hear a clip of the song. The disc also features the official anthems of some of the other countries involved in the World Cup, sung by such artists as Youssou N'Dour, The Gipsy Kings, and many others. You can order the disc by clicking HERE!
Great news for fans of photograph books of Bob Marley, because Plexus Publishing is about to release what appears to be an incredible collection of Marley photographs done by Dennis Morris. Some of Morris' photographs of Marley can be seen in the Complete Wailers sets, and this book will most likely further showcase his excellent photos and ability to capture some Marley in a way that no one else could.
- new release #3 -
The book, entitled, "Bob Marley - Rebel With A Cause", collects 150 photos of Marley ranging from time of his "Natty Dread" album in 1974 until his "Exodus" album in 1977. In total, this paperback book, has 160 pages and is due to be released sometime later this month.
Tour Dates: Wailin' All Over The World- Bunny Wailer & The Solomonic Reggaestra & The Psalms
The Wailers Band
Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
Julian and Damian Marley w/The Uprising Band
Bob Marley Festival (Click here to see the official webpage!)
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