Bob Marley & The Wailers

Formed December 1970. Disbanded 11 May 1981.
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Bob Marley session for John Peel - 1973

Highlight clips of Slave Driver, Concrete Jungle and Rasta Man.

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Biography

Bob Marley and the Wailers were a Jamaican reggae band created by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. The band formed when self-taught musician Hubert Winston McIntosh (Peter Tosh) met Neville Livingston (Bunny Wailer), and Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley) in 1963. By late 1963 Junior Braithwaite, Beverley Kelso, and Cherry Smith had joined the Wailers. After Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer left the band in 1974, Bob Marley began touring with new band members. His new backing band included brothers Carlton Barrett and Aston "Family Man" Barrett on drums and bass respectively, Junior Marvin and Al Anderson on lead guitar, Tyrone Downie and Earl "Wya" Lindo on keyboards, and Alvin "Seeco" Patterson on percussion. The "I Threes", consisting of Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths, and Marley's wife, Rita, provided backing vocals.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of The Real Sound of Jamaica

    The Real Sound of Jamaica 2012

    Reviewed by Lloyd Bradley
    A compilation for completists only.
  2. Review of Marley OST

    Marley OST 2012

    Reviewed by Lloyd Bradley
    A collection strong enough to stand apart from its parent documentary.
  3. Review of Live Forever

    Live Forever 2011

    Reviewed by David Katz
    Marley’s final live performance is a strangely saddening listen.
  4. Review of Exodus: 30th Anniversary Edition

    Exodus: 30th Anniversary Edition 2007

    Reviewed by Angus Taylor
    ...A convincing case can be made for 1977’s 'Exodus' being top of the pile.
  5. Review of Grooving Kingston 12

    Grooving Kingston 12 2004

    Reviewed by Jack Smith
    Manna for Bob-heads everywhere.
  6. Review of Live!! At The Lyceum

    Live!! At The Lyceum 1975

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Marley is justly regarded as such a musical alchemist.