Wednesday, 23 May 2012

JAMAICA @ 50: The Greatest Reggae Album of the Past Half-Century

Movements of Jah people! The best reggae album of the past 50 years has got to be, hands-down, Exodus by the late great Bob Marley and the Wailers.

The ninth studio album by the legendary group, Exodus was released on June 3, 1977, via Island Records. Much of the album was recorded in London, while Marley recuperated from bullet wounds. The album’s success propelled him to international stardom, and a re-mastered version was subsequently released in 2007 in the United Kingdom, as a full-length book chronicling Bob’s retreat into exile after the assassination attempt and the making of the album.

Such cuts as “Jammin’,” “Waiting in Vain” and “One Love/People Get Ready” were all major international hits. The album peaked at #20 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart, and reached #15 on the Black Albums chart. Across the pond, it stayed on the UK charts for 56 consecutive weeks, peaking at #8.

Importantly, Exodus has been recognized by some of the world’s most influential critics and publications as one of the greatest records ever made. In 1999, TIME named it the best album of the 20th century. In 2001, VH1 named it the 26th greatest album of all time. And two years later, the album was ranked number 169 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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