Bob Marley and the Wailers Live was one of those seminal albums that I played to death when it came out...and then never got round to replacing from vinyl to CD. Then I came across a review of this album, so bought it, and have been blown away. Its easy to think that reggae is an easy music format to play, but it isn't, and yet the Wailers make it sound like the easiest music form in the world. The opening is stunning, the rhythm section effortlessly dropping into a cool vibe - turn the bass up and listen to a true master at work.
And then there's Marley himself, passionate, artful, giving a master class in singing with fire and bringing the crowd to a crescendo. This truly is a stunning album, with plenty of recognisable tracks from the earlier part of Marley's career : Burning and Looting is terrific, Trenchtown Rock stunning, and I Shot the Sheriff steals the song back from Clapton.
This is one to buy, I'm glad I found it!