Thursday, April 11, 2013

CD Review: Universal Music Expands Bob Marley's "Kaya" With Live Show

The legendary Bob Marley continues to influence new artists even after his death over 30 years ago. His studio albums are some of the belling selling of all-time. Four of his albums have been remastered and re-released in a deluxe edition and now we get the deluxe edition of his 1978 album "Kaya."

In honor of the album's 35th Anniversary, we get a newly remastered expanded edition of the original album which includes the bonus song, "Smile Jamaica." According to Marley, "to sing about suffering all the time is not a deep thing." So the album "Kaya" was recorded for "our people to live the way they want to live. We have to stop the suffering." Songs like "Easy Skanking," "Is This Love" and "Satisfy My Soul" give the message of love and redemption that we can all live by. The bonus song, "Smile Jamaica" was first released on the deluxe edition of the "Rastaman Vibration" album, but will be released for the fist time on vinyl as part of this deluxe edition of the "Kaya" album. 

Now, the second disc is what fans and collectors will be the most interested in as it features and unreleased concert recorded in Rotterdam, Netherlands on July 7, 1978. The "Live at Ahoy Hallen" disc consists of 13 songs, mixing newly released songs "Is This Love" and Easy Skanking" for the "Kaya" album with live favorites "Jamming" and "No Woman No Cry." The concert also features the classic "War/No More Trouble" and the ten-minute closer "Exodus." 

Both discs sound outstanding, as the highest quality equipment was used to remaster the music as each instrument is heard individually. This new "Kaya: 35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" will be released on April 23 through Universal Music Enterprises in a 2CD and on April 30 on 180-Gram virgin vinyl. For more information on this special release, please visit

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