My excitment at seeing Bob back in 1975 is hard to describe.
I was a student at Reading University at the time and had been into BMW since Catch a Fire. This was a guilty secret at a time when outside of the West Indian community, Reggae was loved only by "skinheads".
I`d been to Jamaica in 1974, at the time of the "Gun Courts" and had stayed in Kingston as well as touring the island. There wasn`t much live music to be seen but The Wailers were everywhere on the radio and the street sound systems.
Then came Natty Dread with it`s message of Revolution and Dance!!! I was blown away by the sheer intensity of the music and the words. Bob suddenly began to become a fashionable name to drop.
So when BMW came to the Uk on tour I was one of the first in line; actually back then, before the internet, I think it was a matter of sending a cheque in the post.
After the customary wait inside a crowded and very hot Lyceum, the concert was brilliant. Pounding rhtyhms, a messaniac singer,sweet backing vocals and a sea of sweating,swaying, skanking, bodies, some young and some old; mostly black, but with a sizeable minoriyy of whites. And almost everyone seemed to know all the songs, thats why on the disc you can hear the audience singing along.
After two hours of the most glorious music we stumbled into the strrets of the West End, knowing we had seen something special, and someone who was going to be an important part of the rest of our lives.