EASY SKANKING IN BOSTON ’78 (BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS)

INSIDE ANDERSONVISION’S MUSICAL TASTES

Bob Marley is an acquired taste. I say that knowing his impact on bringing Reggae and World Music to a wider stage. But, he is also a guy that had a short career based on the same four song rotation. Start the hate mail, kids. That being said, the man was a performer and he could rock the hell out of a live show. I had never heard the Boston show before now, but the Easy Skanking setup sounded like his last big hurrah before his death barely three years later. For those that don’t dig the live setups, there’s something you miss by not following the audio joy of a musician in his/her element.

I only got to check out the audio elements of the basic digital setup, so I can’t attest to the quality of the DVD and Blu-Ray components. Based on what I heard from the digital tracks, the mixing on what had to have been rough audio elements is astonishing. It’s almost like you’re back in Boston in the 1970s dodging skank weed and five guys in dreads named Paulie. What I love about this album is the energy and attitude. Everything is funny and bouncy, even though it’s the same material that most readers have been listening to for the last few decades. There’s nothing like relaxing to an established favorite during those cold winter months, as you eagerly await a shred of warmth to return to your life.

TRACK LIST

Easy Skanking In Boston ’78 CD
1. Slave Driver
2. Burnin’ and Lootin
3. Them Belly Full
4. The Heathen
5. Rebel Music
6. I Shot the Sheriff
7. Easy Skanking
8. No Woman, No Cry
9. Lively Up Yourself
10. Jammin’
11. War/No More Trouble
12. Get Up Stand Up
13. Exodus

Easy Skanking In Boston ’78 DVD
1. Rebel Music
2. I Shot the Sheriff
3. No Woman, No Cry
4. Lively Up Yourself
5. Jamming
6. War/No More Trouble
7. Exodus

 

RELEASE DATE: 2/17/15

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