Bob Marley - Work 3:41 6. Bob Marley - Bad Card 2:50 4. The stark contrast from the decidedly electric and group-oriented album to this hauntingly beautiful solo acoustic composition is as dramatic as it is visionary. Less than a year after the release of , would succumb to cancer. Bob Marley - Forever Loving Jah 4:02 10. At the 15,000-capacity Crystal Palace Bowl on 7 June, they headlined on a stage which fronted on to a pond in the London park.
Bob Marley - Real Situation 3:08 3. An examination revealed that the blackout had been caused by a brain tumour. Later tests confirmed that the cancer had spread throughout his lungs, liver and brain and would continue to do so. Bob Marley - Redemption Song Band Version 4:50 12. Bob Marley - Coming in from the Cold 4:31 2. .
Headlining at the San Siro Stadium in Milan, on 27 June, Marley and the Wailers attracted a crowd of 120,000, said to be an all-time attendance record for a concert in Italy and indeed Europe in a stadium. It had now been three years since the discovery of cancer in his big toe, and his health was giving growing cause for concern. No other major artist has penned and performed their own epitaph with quite such perfect timing — and to such poignant effect. The album's blend of religious and secular themes likewise creates a very powerful and singular quest for spirituality in a material world. Bob Marley - Zion Train 3:36 7.
But the next day Marley collapsed while jogging in Central Park. The day it reached the shops on 1 June 1980, Marley and the Wailers opened for Fleetwood Mac at the 69,000-capacity Reitstadion in Munich. The European leg of the tour ended at New Bingley Hall, Stafford on 13 July 1980, after which Marley returned to London for a break before the American leg was due to begin. Bob Marley - Pimper's Paradise 3:27 8. Musically, the somewhat staid rhythms often synonymous with reggae have been completely turned around to include slinky and liquid syncopation. Bob Marley - Could You Be Loved 3:57 9.
Bob Marley - Redemption Song 3:53 11. When Marley first presented Blackwell with the songs he intended to put on the album, Blackwell advised him to add a couple of uptempo numbers to redress the balance of the many slow and serious songs. The simple arrangement — so simple, it actually had nothing to identify it as a reggae song — was arrived at with the encouragement of the canny Blackwell. Thin, weak but determined, Marley gave what would be his last live performance two days later in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 23 September. Prophetically, it also contains some of the band's finest crafted material, as if they were cognizant that this would be their final outing. Although it is argued that an album's graphic design rarely captures the essence of the work inside, the powerful rebirthing image of a rock solid emerging with his arms raised in triumph could not be a more accurate visual description of the musical jubilation within.
Many fans waded waist-deep into the water while others climbed and fell off trees to get a better view of the show. Marley died on 11 May 1981 in Miami, Florida, en route from Germany to Jamaica. Stephen tried to keep the flavour as authentic as possible. To mix the album, he used a similarly minimal approach, basing his version heavily off the classic analogue concepts they used in the 1970s. It was also the last song he performed live in public.
Much like before it, Uprising was a deep and serious collection of songs that explored fire and brimstone themes of sin and salvation. The major difference is the sonic textures that manipulate and fill those patterns. A stark ballad sung by Marley accompanied only by his own acoustic guitar, it was a song and a performance unlike any he had previously recorded. Bob Marley - We and Dem 3:14 5. Whether or not Marley suspected his time was running out while he was making Uprising, his final musical statement was an album freighted with incredible emotional resonance. .
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