The Marley Family, Island Records, and UMe will mark the 40th anniversary of Bob Marley & The Wailers’ Exodus – named the “Best Album of the 20th Century” by Time magazine in 1999 – with a series of four separate reissues, three of which will feature Exodus 40 – The Movement Continues, son Ziggy Marley’s newly curated “restatement” of the original album.
As part of marking this celebration, Ziggy has revisited the original session recordings, uncovering unused and never-before-heard vocals, lyric phrasing, and instrumentation, incorporating and transforming these various elements into brand-new session takes.
On June 2, 2017, UMe will release a version of Exodus 40 – The Movement Continues in a two-CD package that includes the original album and the Ziggy Marley “restatement” and a three-CD set (and digital equivalent) that includes the original Exodus, Exodus 40 – The Movement Continues, and Exodus Live. A limited edition gold vinyl version of the original 1977 album will also be available.
Then, on June 30, UMe will release the Super Deluxe, four-LP, two-7-inch single vinyl version that includes the original LP, Ziggy Marley’s restatement Exodus 40 – The Movement Continues, an Exodus Live set recorded at London’s Rainbow Theatre the week of the album’s release, the Punky Reggae Party LP that includes a previously unreleased extended mix of “Keep On Moving,” and a pair of 7-inch singles, including “Waiting in Vain” b/w “Roots” and “Smile Jamaica (Part One)” b/w “Smile Jamaica (Part Two).”
Those who pre-order the Exodus 40 – The Movement Continues Super Deluxe edition via BobMarley.com or uDiscover.com will receive a digital download of the entire package as well as an exclusive Stephen Marley “Juggling” of the title song “Exodus” with a reimagined music bed and different lead vocalists, including Beenie Man, Queen Ifrica, Tarrus Riley, and more to be announced on June 2 in advance of the June 30 physical release date.
Hi-res Bob Marley options are already in place at HDtracks at 192/24 and 96/24, so we here at HRAC expect Exodus 40 to follow suit.
Following Jamaican music customs of taking a music track (known as the “riddim,” or “juggling”) and have several artists record original songs with original lyric and melody on that track, Stephen Marley has recorded a “Re Likk” EP of the Exodus Riddim that will be available exclusively in Jamaica and the Caribbean.
Ziggy approached the “restatement” project with the utmost respect for his father’s music and the message. Exodus 40 – The Movement Continues is his vision of how his father might have accessed these songs today. Ziggy’s respectful but experimental approach places them in a brand-new context, like listening to this classic album again, for the first time.
For example, Ziggy uncovered 10 lead vocal outtakes for “One Love” and proceeding to piece together a dazzling new lead vocal from them, including vocal-booth lyric ad-libs near the end of the song. He also assembled a noteworthy roster of musicians to record a new music bed for “Turn Your Lights Down Low,” which leads the song into deeper elements of R&B. Bob’s original vocals sit atop this fresh music bed, creating a new soulful experience with this iconic song. Ziggy and his hand-chosen musicians provide subtle instrumental textures throughout this wonderful reimagining experience.
Full details of all formats are available at www.bobmarley.com.
Bob Marley & The Wailers’ Exodus was released on June 3, 1977, featuring a new backing band including brothers Carlton and Aston “Family Man” Barrett on drums and bass, Tyrone Downie on keyboards, Alvin “Seeco” Patterson on percussion, and the I Threes (Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths, and Rita Marley) on backing vocals, and newest member Julian “Junior Marvin” on guitar. The album was released just 6 months after an assassination attempt was made on Bob Marley’s life in Jamaica in December 1976, forcing him to flee to London, where Exodus was recorded.
Ziggy Marley will be embarking on a summer tour beginning June 12 in San Diego. In addition to his own lauded catalog, Ziggy will also be incorporating music from Exodus into his set. For more information, please visit: ziggymarley.com/upcoming-shows/.