“Uprising” by Bob Marley and The Wailers - album review

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TJR says

Did you ever see such a positive album cover in all of your life? Just one look at that and the whole world seems a better place. After the relative disappointment of last years’ “Survival”, this set found Bob back to his brilliant mid to late 70s form; it seems to me the band respond to a special set of lyrics with a matching depth, like a fully committed throng in a gospel trance, evidenced on mighty first-half classics such as “Coming In From The Cold” (“Why do you look so sad and forsaken, when one door is closed, don't you know another is open… the biggest man you ever did see was just a baby… it’s YOU I’m talking to”) and “Real Situation” (“total destruction, the only solution”). There is no let up on side two, with fantastic cuts such as “Zion Train” (“don't gain the world and lose your soul… wisdom is better than silver and gold”) and “Could You Be Loved” (“Don't let them fool ya, or even try to school ya! … the road of life is rocky and you may stumble too, so while you point your fingers someone else is judging you, love your brotherman!”) The LP closes famously with the classic “Redemption Song”, with the immortal Garveyism “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!” Amen to that brother Bob. With his crack band, his heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics and his gritty determination to exude positive vibrations, the indomitable Bob Marley was an inspiration to all who gave him half-an-ear. To the end, he was a true legend of the world.

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A1 [04:33] 10.0.png Bob Marley and The Wailers - Coming In From The Cold (Bob Marley) Reggae
A2 [03:10] 9.5.png Bob Marley and The Wailers - Real Situation (Bob Marley) Reggae
A3 [02:52] 7.6.png Bob Marley and The Wailers - Bad Card (Bob Marley) Reggae
A4 [03:16] 7.8.png Bob Marley and The Wailers - We And Them (Bob Marley) Reggae
A5 [03:42] 7.1.png Bob Marley and The Wailers - Work (Bob Marley) Reggae
B1 [03:34] 8.0.png Bob Marley and The Wailers - Zion Train (Bob Marley) Reggae
B2 [03:26] 7.4.png Bob Marley and The Wailers - Pimper’s Paradise (Bob Marley) Reggae
B3 [03:56] 8.0.png Bob Marley and The Wailers - Could You Be Loved (Bob Marley) Reggae
B4 [03:51] 7.5.png Bob Marley and The Wailers - Forever Loving Jah (Bob Marley) Reggae
B5 [03:49] 9.4.png Bob Marley and The Wailers - Redemption Song (Bob Marley) Folk

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