Sunday, 14 October 2018
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Live! (1975) (Deluxe Two Night Edition)
I agree with others who have commented on various media on the remastering of this edition, in comparison to other releases of “Live”, to a certain extent. There certainly are differences. Personally, I don’t mind it, however, it is quite a subtle remaster, to my uneducated, sonically insensitive ears anyway. The bass is not thumping, it is melodic and understated. Yes, I know it is reggae and the bass should be powerful, and it still is but in a less wall-shaking way. There is also a raw, unpolished feel to the sound that sounds extremely authentic, heightening the feeling that you are there, for me. I agree that the existing remaster of “Live!” in its original album format is far more resonant and powerful and is the “go-to” remaster. However, in order to get the two full concerts and the few new, different tracks I can live with its lesser amount of “punch”.
Where it has its additonal attractions for me, having lived with the original since 1975 is in that it gives you two sets, from consecutive nights at London’s Lyceum. “Stir It Up”, “Rebel Music” and “Natty Dread” are added to the material we already had from the original album and on the second gig we get “Natty Dread” and “Slave Driver”. "Lively Up Yourself" is also considerably extended compared to the one on the original "Live!", by about three minutes. For those reasons, and others, I am more than happy to include it in my collection. “Natty Dread” is just superb. Hearing Marley and The I-Threes grooving it up on “Stir It Up” is just life-affirming.
The audience from the night that the original recording was taken from would seem to have been slghtly more enthusiastic, given that the spine-tingling roar that accompanied the beginning of “No Woman No Cry” doesn’t happen on the next night. Marley’s vocal is looser, though, more relaxed. Well, it sounds it to me anyway, and as I knew the first night’s rendition note and nuance perfect it is really interesting and enjoyable to hear it done slightly differently (albeit in tiny places). The band introductions on “Kinky Reggae” are slightly different too, expectedly so.
So, personally, I do not have any sound problems with this and have thoroughly enjoyed hearing more cuts from these classic two nights in London back in July 1975.
- October 14, 2018