Monday, July 15, 2019

Classic Albums By Bob Marley And John Lee Hooker Get New Anniversary Vinyl Releases

Back on June 14th, The Marley Family, Island Records and UMe celebrated the 35th anniversary of the best-selling reggae album of all time, Bob Marley & The Wailers' "Legend" with a new double vinyl release. Just five years earlier, to mark the 30th Anniversary of "Legend" album, a new remastered double, color vinyl set was released with the addition of of the U.K. only bonus tracks "Easy Skanking" and Punky Reggae Party."

So how do you make it even better for the 35th anniversary? First off, for this new re-issue of "Legend," the record company took the original "BMW1" versions of the songs (not the remixes) and remastered them for this new double, black vinyl release. Every care went into the new 180-gram pressing of this timeless album on vinyl. You can certainly hear the separation of the vocals and instruments, as the harmonies of I-Threes (Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths) come shining through on the tracks "Easy Skanking" and "Satisfy My Soul." The clarity, along with the quietness makes this the new benchmark and the must own version of this album on vinyl. To find out more about the new 35th anniversary release of Bob Marley & The Wailers' "Legend," please visit smarturl.it/legend35.

Another classic album getting reissued is "The Country Blues Of John Lee Hooker." Back in 1959, three different labels gathered the recordings of John Lee Hooker for his different debut albums. The Chess label released "House Of Blues," the Vee-Jay label released "I'm John Lee Hooker" and the Riverside label released "The Country Blues Of John Lee Hooker." This last release has become one of the pinnacles of Hooker's career, as it gathered thirteen acoustic blues numbers that showcased the sound of John Lee Hooker at its most basic. The songs only featured Hooker with an acoustic guitar performing traditional songs like "How Long Blues" and "Good Mornin', Lil' School Girl." The legendary John Lee Hooker is know for his storied lyrics, as displayed in the songs "She's Long, She's Tall, She Weeps Like A Willow Tree" and "I Rowed A Little Boat." Even as he was only entering his early 40's, John Lee Hooker played the blues well beyond his years.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of this landmark blues album, Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio remastered the recordings from the original master tapes. The Craft Recordings label will release this new remastered version of "The Country Blues Of John Lee Hooker" on 180-gram vinyl on August 2nd. To find out more about this new vinyl edition, please visit johnleehooker.limitedrun.com.

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