|1. Trenchtown Rock|
|2. Burnin' & Lootin'|
|3. Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)|
|4. Lively Up Yourself|
|5. No Woman, No Cry|
|6. I Shot The Sheriff|
|7. Get Up, Stand Up|
|8. Kinky Reggae (Bonus Track)|
From the opening notes of "Trenchtown Rock" to the end of "Get Up, Stand Up" (I do not have the remastered version w/ "Kinky Reggae"), Bob Marley and the Wailers weave a tight infectious groove that must have been amazing to witness live. Recorded in 1975, the band is clearly "into it" and they deliver definitive versions of some of their best-known tunes up to that point.
While short by today's standards, Live! is superior to the more lengthy, but not quite as strong, Babylon by Bus. There is not a weak track in the bunch. "Trenchtown Rock" is a great opener and "No Woman, No Cry" is an absolute show-stopper.
In short, this is a tremendous CD..."so hit me with music..."
If you want a collection, then Legend in its latest form might be the one for you, but the 4-disc Songs of Freedom set is a great collection if you can afford it, and One Love may be a better single CD collection than Legend (at least it has 4 more tracks).
Then there are a whole slew of studio albums from the astonishingly productive years of the mid and late seventies, for each of which there is someone to say that this is THE Bob Marley album. (I suspect that people, and this includes myself, as most strongly disposed towards the first Marley album they hear. First love is always the sweetest, I suppose.)
Then there are the live albums, and even there the competition between Live! and Babylon By Bus is intense. Leaving out the consideration that Live! at thirty-odd minutes and seven tracks is a bit short, truth is there is not a lot to choose.
Live! shows Marley and the band on peak form in performance in London, and here you have a nice example of a master performer perfectly in tune with an adoring audience, which at times is singing along en masse, giving a semblance of a soccer match crowd.
There is an especially wonderful and moving rendition of No Woman No Cry, and the other tracks are not shabby either.
All in all a very nice album to own and one I can heartily recommend to Marley fans, though I would not make it my first Marley purchase, and perhaps not even my first Marley live album purchase either, though ultimately these things are a question of personal taste.
* A really worthless CD
** A CD that has some good stuff, but some major defects.