Exodus - 40 [3 CD]
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Bob Marley & the Wailers' classic Exodus album, the ninth studio album of the band, was released on June 3, 1977, featuring a new backing band including brothers Carlton and Aston 'Family Man' Barrett on drums and bass, Tyrone Downie on keyboards, Alvin 'Seeco' Patterson on percussion, and the I Threes, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths and Rita Marley on backing vocals, and newest member Julian 'Junior Marvin' on guitar. The album was released on June 3, 1977, just six months after an assassination attempt was made on Bob Marley's life in Jamaica in December, forcing him to flee to London, where Exodus was recorded.
This June marks the 40th anniversary of Exodus named the 'Best Album of the 20th Century' by Time magazine in 1999 with a series of four separate reissues, three of which will feature Exodus 40 - The Movement Continues, son Ziggy Marley's newly curated 'restatement' of the original album.
As part of the celebration, Ziggy Marley has intimately revisited the original session recordings, uncovering unused and never-before-heard vocals, lyric phrasing and instrumentation, incorporating and transforming these various elements into brand-new session takes.
This three-CD set includes the original Exodus, Exodus 40 - The Movement Continues and Exodus Live.
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On the upside: The 2nd disc provides some updated sound & much needed remixing. I listened to the "Exodus" (the song) on CD 1 & 2. The CD 2 version introduces some nice textures not in the original & has a fuller sound. Across the board with CD 2, Bob's vocals are both more pronounced & there's a slight reverb added. This is a much appreciated improvement for when I listened to CD my 1st impression was "Wow, are the vocals quiet".
On the downside: The live CD is generally a let down (however the sound quality if pretty good). For one, the versions of most songs are very ho-hum. The exception is an 11 min. Exodus. Secondly, it's recorded over 3 nights. Yet it's 40+ minutes, 8 songs. Why not share more music from that 3 night stint? I'm not naïve. It likely means we'll be (re)sold live sets down the road of full shows.
Another downside is the poor write up of what is what. The notes regarding what occurred in regard to remix &/or remastering with CD 1 is unstated. For CD 2 there's 3 footnotes to 3 songs. One footnote (to 1 song) states "remastered". What? So are the rest not remastered? It would have been nice to note what enhancement / changes / additions were made to what songs on what disc.
All said, the best of the bunch is the 2nd CD, which appears to be remixed & enhanced versions of the songs, which are tastefully done.