[CD] BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS • BABYLON BY BUS • U.K. IMPORT
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Babylon by Bus is a live album released by Bob Marley & The Wailers in 1978. The tracks on this album are considered, with two exceptions, to be from the Pavilion De Paris concerts over 3 nights, 25–27 June 1978 during the Kaya tour. From Timothy White's 1978 Rolling Stone review: "From the raucous invocation of Selassie’s divinity that kicks off Positive Vibration to the unabashed good cheer of the wrap-up rendition of Jamming, we hear a new side of Bob Marley — fanciful, lovelorn, vulnerable — that’s as riveting as any of his sulfurous early tirades. After the preceding Kaya (until now, his only disc with a cover that shows him smiling), Marley took a lot of critical heat from those who felt that by crooning anthems to the spiritual and temporal raptures of Jah, ganja, brotherhood and womankind, he’d betrayed his “roots” rage. (As if anger were a more creditable emotion than joy!) From a technical standpoint, both Kaya and Babylon by Bus surpass any of the Wailers’ previous efforts and demonstrate a degree of sophistication that was either unavailable or unattainable in the simple one- and four-track Kingston studios where the group did its real roots recording." U.K. Import.