Showing posts with label Bob Marley. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bob Marley. Show all posts

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Is this love - Bob Marley

'Is this love' was originally released by Bob Marley on his 1978 album 'Kaya'. The song became one of the best known Marley songs and the studio version was part of the compilation 'Legend'. It peaked at number 9 in the UK charts upon its release in 1978.

This single was released a year later, featuring the live version taken from the album 'Babylon by bus', recorded in Paris in 1978.

My collection: 7" single no. 5454
Found: unknown
Tracks: 'Is this love [live]' / 'Kinky reggae [live]'

Sunday, 15 November 2009

One love/People get ready - Bob Marley and the Wailers

'One love/People get ready' was originally released in 1977 on the Bob Marley & the Wailers album 'Exodus'. The song contains an interpolation of The Impressions' song 'People get ready' written by Curtis Mayfield. 'One love' was inspired by Marley's friend Roman Selvaggio, a North Caribbean painter.

'One love' was released as a single in 1984 to promote the posthumous compilation album 'Legend'. The single reached number 5 in the UK singles chart and number 2 in the Dutch Top 40.

My collection: 7" single no. 4201
Found: Flea market, Den Haag, November 15, 2009
Cost: 0,75 euro
Tracks: 'One love/People get ready' / 'So much trouble in the world'

Friday, 30 October 2009

Stir it up - Bob Marley and the Wailers

Bob Marley composed 'Stir it up' in 1967. It was first made popular by Johnny Nash in 1972. It was finally released by Bob Marley himself in 1979. This live recording of 'Stir it up' reached the Dutch Top 40 in March1979 and peaked at number 2.

It was Marley's first top 10 hit in the Netherlands. It's interesting to note that his next two hits in the Netherlands also reached number 2.

My collection: 7" single no. 1625
Found: April 18, 1992
Cost: 1 guilder
Tracks: 'Stir it up' / 'Rat race'

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Iron lion zion - Bob Marley

Bob Marley wrote and recorded 'Iron lion zion' in April 1973 or 1974. It was released posthumously in May 1992 on the box set 'Songs of freedom'. It reached number 5 in the UK singles chart and number 4 in the Dutch Top 40 when the track was released as a single.

The song's lyrics are directly related to Rastafarian beliefs. Zion is 'the promised land', in the song referring to Ethiopia. The lion refers to the Lion of Judah, which appeared on the old royal Ethiopian flag, and represents Haile Selassie I, the former Ethiopian emperor whom Rastafarians regard as their Messiah.

My collection: 7" single no. 1799
Found: Melody Maker, Den Haag, December 11, 1992
Cost: 3 guilders
Tracks: 'Iron lion zion' / 'Smile Jamaica'

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Waiting in vain - Bob Marley and the Wailers

Musicians always live forever. After the death of Bob Marley, there was no shortage of new albums and singles. 'Waiting in vain' was released as a single when the compilation album 'Legend' appeared in 1984. It was originally recorded in 1977 for Marley's album 'Exodus'. This single was mixed by Julian Mendelsohn.

The original release of 'Waiting in vain' reached number27 in the UK singles chart. This new release reached number 31 in the summer of 1984. In the Netherlands, the song only charted once in 1984, reaching number 32.

My collection: 7" single no. 1890
Found: Record fair, May 2, 1993
Cost: 4 guilders
Tracks: 'Waiting in vain' / 'Blackman redemption'

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