February 9, 2013 – 4:38 am

A karmic coincidence that the Open Society released their Globalizing Torture report February 5, 2013 (click here). This show surfaced the next day at Losslesslegs. It’s from The Wailers Survival Tour. Resist and fight oppression.

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Minneapolis 1979 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN; November 15, 1979. An upclose and lively stereo audience recording.

Throughout his short life, Bob Marley was an anti-hero. He spoke for social and human rights. He smoked dope like Anita O’Day. He was religious in his own way. He was true to his music, never giving in to non-reggae influences. He also clearly disliked contracts and the business side of music.

More importantly, he was prolific not lazy. As a result, a wealth of songs, jam sessions and demos circulate on the net, shared by fans. This is outside of his official releases. And then there are the concerts, radio broadcasts and audience recordings of varying quality.

This show in Minneapolis has a backstory. This is what the taper “DigitalRBB” said:

“As with many great tapes on this site, this came from me. It was recorded front row balcony at the Northrop Auditorium with custom mics and a Sony D5. Cassettes were transferred to a Sony 601 PCM and then to aiff. I went analog out of the PCM to bypass the emphasis into peak pro 6.

“There are no other copies as I am the only one who recorded it. There are many copies out there that people have destroyed by ‘mastering’. It does not need it as it is great by itself. It is because of this that I have not released the 24/96 direct copy.

“I have since transferred the cassette’s at 24/96 but have not release them yet.”

This is one of the best audience recordings to come out from the ’70s. Once you play this, you will agree wholeheartedly. Loud and clear vocals and instruments. Drums bouncing nicely in rhythm. Not too much echo, the crowd noise, at just the right level, never swarms the performance.

The performance is exciting. This is the only tour to incorporate a horn section featuring Glen Da Costa on saxophone and David Madden on trumpet, which heats up the tempo. The Survival Tour was to promote the album of the same name. So it is a hot show, full of message songs, pointed and confrontational. The final song, Get Up Stand Up, is the anthem for disobedience. Its militant stance is inspiring. As the rhythm winds down, Bob shouts: “This is Bob Marley and the Wailers, don’t give up the fight…. THANK YOU.”

That’s a shout out that crosses time and space.

A big thanks to the taper DigitalRBB and the fan who shared the show at Losslesslegs, Garageboy (Greg Holtz?) whose friend, Luke Olsen, tracked and edited it. This should be officially released for the archives.
- The Little Chicken

This show has been edited by Luke Olsen on August 30, 2010. What he did:
aiff > Sound Studio 3.5.6 (tracking, fades, resampled to 44 kHz/16 bit) > xACT 1.59 > FLAC

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Please Do Not Hammer The Links. Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. The tracks should still be around. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Track 01. Positive Vibration (9.2MB)
Track 02. Wake Up And Live* (8.7MB)
Track 03. Them Belly Full (But We Hungry) (5.9MB)
Track 04. I Shot The Sheriff (7.6MB)
Track 05. Concrete Jungle (8.8MB)
Track 06. Ambush In The Night* (7.0MB)
Track 07. Running Away (7.8MB)
Track 08. Crazy Baldhead (7.2MB)
Track 09. Heathen (8.8MB)
Track 10. War (7.1MB)
Track 11. No More Trouble (3.1MB)
Track 12. Africa Unite* (7.5MB)
Track 13. One Drop* (7.3MB)
Track 14. Exodus (10.8MB)
Track 15. Crowd (2.1MB)
Track 16. Jammin (9.4MB)
Track 17. Is This Love (5.2MB)
Track 18. Get Up Stand Up (10.1MB)

Note: This is the first time the final song Get Up, Stand Up has circulated in such fine quality.

* studio versions of these songs can be found on the Survival album.

The followup to Kaya was 1979’s Survival. Lots of anthems here like Africa Unite and Zimbabwe. This album was followed by Uprising in 1980 and the post-humous release of Confrontation in 1983. Get the picture? Buy all three.

The Survival Tour was filmed at least twice. The November 25 show in Santa Barbara, California has been released as Bob Marley - The Legend Live. The performance in Oakland on Nov 30 has not been released. Buy The Legend Live here.

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  1. 16 Responses to “PROTEST AND SURVIVE”

  2. Thanks again for this… Audience Marley from the 70’s in this quality, is indeed rare! Nice work, Jah! Rastafari… peace.

    By Woodstock on Feb 9, 2013


    By DROPKICK SARGE on Feb 9, 2013

  4. Ire, mon. Makka splaff.

    By Adam Dean on Feb 9, 2013

  5. Jah! This is great…thanks for posting.

    By JB on Feb 9, 2013

  6. Gotta say that, while Anita O’Day did her share of cannabis imbibing, her true love through much of her life was smack. Thanks for posting the great show, recorded at my Alma Mater.

    By JA on Feb 10, 2013

  7. Respect Boss mon

    By natel nawami on Feb 10, 2013

  8. This just might be one of the best audience recordings I`ve ever heard.Simply fantastic…Big O strikes again!!!!

    By Couz on Feb 10, 2013

  9. Why was this “edited by Luke Olsen” when the original taper said “There are many copies out there that people have destroyed by ‘mastering’. It does not need it as it is great by itself.”??

    By Matches on Feb 11, 2013

  10. Thanks for the great post, Big O - much appreciated, you rock.

    Thanks to the original taper, but so sad to read his “hoarding” / “it’s my ball and I’m going to sulk if you don’t play how I want you to play” regarding “why I have not released the 24/96 master”

    Personally, I don’t bother with 24/96, don’t need it, a well-encoded MP3 is fine for me. But isn’t it time people like him stop this “my way or the highway” attitude? People are going to master or tweak, that’s the way of the internet and file sharing - just label yours as the original and move on, brother :)

    By chewmybaccy on Feb 11, 2013

  11. @Matches - When DigitalRBB finds out, he’s gonna smack Luke Olsen’s little pee-pee ;)

    By chewmybaccy on Feb 11, 2013

  12. the ziggy marley sting bruno mars song on the grammys last nite in tribute to bob marley was very nice. i hope some of u saw it. perhaps it is on youtube. i know its on other sites that are similar like dailymotion. the other songs from the evening are there as well including the levon helm tribute.

    By darth on Feb 12, 2013

  13. Many thanks BigO. time i sent you some money :)

    By Tony on Feb 13, 2013

  14. the fans of graham parker would probably care about this more than marley but i was perusing the various late nite sites for some songs and found that he joined the roots for an unaired version of no woman no cry on the last day of january. thought that might be of interest so im mentioning it here. i guess i coulda looked to see if the graham parker concert was still active and posted this bit of info there but it was easier here.

    while im at it.. bonnie raitt is on leno on tues nite. ben harper and charlie musselwhite were on kimmel monday nite. aaron neville was on letterman mon nite. boz scaggs is on leno next tues. morrissey is on next tues kimmel. ziggy marley is on next thurs kimmel. not this thurs. bonnie raitt is on this wed ferguson. taj mahal is on tues tavis smiley. that should be interesting. two days later on thurs is ben harper and charlie musselwhite same show. lisa loeb tues conan.

    By darth on Feb 19, 2013

  15. tv gui*de darth.
    it*s calle*d a tv guid*e

    By the*asterisk kid on Feb 19, 2013

  16. Always good to hear one of the best rydum sections in musical history. RIP the Wailers.

    By BLUEFOOD on Feb 20, 2013

  17. a youtube recommendation -

    By darth on Feb 25, 2013

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