In 2010, the year he would have celebrated his 65th birthday (February 6th), Bob Marley continues to inspire and influence people around the world. One of the most charismatic and challenging performers of our time–a musical, political and even spiritual figure of mystical proportions, both poet and prophet, hero and rebel–Marley remains reggae’s greatest icon and a monumental musical figure of our time. Throughout 2010, Island/Tuff Gong/UMe, his worldwide catalog home, will honor with new album releases a legacy which continues to resonate as Marley’s music is revealed and rediscovered by new generations.
No artist has so dominated his genre in modern music as Marley has reggae, with his greatest hits album Legend the biggest selling reggae album in history. Militant yet reflective, angry yet romantic, Marley sang of rebellion and uprisings, Rasta and the power of love. A man who rose from the humblest of origins to become a champion for the oppressed, he was the most renowned Jamaican artist to give voice to the struggles of his people and to the Rastafarian culture, and the first to gain global fame.
Marley cut his first single in 1962 and the next year teamed with Peter Tosh, Bunny Livingston. Soon they would be known as the Wailers. In the late ‘60s, with Marley now devoted to Rastafari, they recorded the gems “Sugar Sugar,” “Soul Shakedown Party,” “Duppy Conqueror,” “Soul Almighty,” “My Cup,” “Trenchtown Rock” and “Small Axe.” In the ‘70s, Bob founded the Tuff Gong label and signed to Chris Blackwell’s Island Records. The albums that followed, from Catch A Fire, Burnin’ and Natty Dread (his first without the Wailers) to Rastaman Vibration, Exodus (which Time magazine anointed Album of the Century), Kaya, Survival and Uprising, earned global acclaim. “Stir It Up,” “Concrete Jungle,” “I Shot The Sheriff,” “Get Up, Stand Up,” “No Woman, No Cry,” “War,” “Positive Vibration,” “Jamming,” “Waiting In Vain” and “One Love/People Get Ready” became anthems.
Though he passed away at the young age of 36, “no one in rock and roll has left a musical legacy that matters more or one that matters in such fundamental ways,” wrote music writer Robert Palmer upon Marley’s posthumous induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Attesting to the power and relevance of that music, Bob Marley lives on.
On February 2, 2010, in commemoration of Marley’s 65th birthday, Tuff Gong/Island/UMe will issue a new digital-only collection, In Dub Vol. 1.
In Dub Vol. 1 is the first in a series of collections of classic, rare and new dub excursions in the Bob Marley & The Wailers catalog. Available exclusively on iTunes, the debut set features 10 classic dub remixes (most previously unavailable on album) and a newly crafted dub of “Lively Up Your Dub,” exclusive to this package, by foundation dub mix engineer Scientist.
“Roots, Rock, Dub”
“Is This Love Dub” (previously unavailable on album)
“Forever Loving Jah Dub” (previously unavailable on album)
“Lively Up Your Dub”
“Three Little Birds Dub”
“Crazy Baldhead Dub” (previously unavailable on album)
“Waiting In Vain Dub” (previously unavailable on album)
“One Love/People Get Ready Dub” (mix previously unavailable on album)
“She’s Gone Dub” (previously unavailable on album)
“Smile Jamaica Version”