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1979 album from the Reggae legend. Survival is an album with an outwardly militant theme. Some speculate that this was due in part to criticism Marley received for the laid-back, ganja-soaked atmosphere of his previous release, Kaya, which seemed to sidetrack the urgency of his message.
The first of an extraordinary musical trilogy that includes Uprising and Confrontation, upon Survival's 1979 release, Bob Marley's ghetto supporters read titles like "Ambush in the Night", referring to the late 76 attempt on his life, and "Zimbabwe", celebrating that African state's liberation from colonial rule, as fiery political declarations. Whether singing songs of love, rebellion, reality or spirituality, Marley vibrated with uncontainable intelligence that did great things for any listener. While it's impossible to single out any release in the reggae prophet's canon as "the best", his greatest impact came from a rare ability to articulate rebel rage while holding on to the vision of a more noble human reality. Survival's 10 straight-up social-political declarations were Marley's boldest to date, and their muscular messages endure today as reggae's most luminous "sufferas" anthems. --Elena Oumano --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Sucking the blood of the sufferers..."
---- "Babylon System"
It's a struggle. And, I don't mean the overriding theme of this album, either. Choosing the best albums in this early stage is similar to the argument of greatest rock recordings: Beatles or Stones. Bob's got 10. Steel Pulse has got 5 and before we get to the end of the top 20 we have to include at one from Burning Spear, Black Uhuru and UB40.
The 6th greatest reggae album is SURVIVAL (1979), the first album of his thematic apocalyptic trilogy. What distinguishes this album is, not only is it an underrated but it continues to carry (and might I say, mightily and courageously) the message of personal liberation he began when he created EXODUS.
Barely a couple of years after he returned from exile from The Bahamas and England from an assassin's bullet, Marley proclaimed to the highest powers at home in Jamaica as well as repressive governments around the world the singular message of Hope that would undermine and topple them.
In EXODUS, like the Hebrew prophet of long days gone by, Marley proclaimed to the modern-day pharaohs that there's a "Natural Mystic" blowing through the air and that the "Exodus" was at-hand, a movement of Jah's people. At the same time, blowing the ram's horn, he chanted to all oppressed, all over-worked/ underpaid, discriminated, humiliated and distressed that we'd be "Jammin'" in the name of the Lord and we'd better "Get Ready."
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"Every man got a right to decide his own destiny/
And in this judgment, there is no partiality/
So arm in arm with arms we'll fight this little struggle/
Cause that the only we can overcome our little trouble...Read more ›
This unique reggae beat, with the pulsations of black nationalism, was released in 1979, and has since make it's mark in the world of music. It starts with the hearty lamentation of "So Much Trouble in the World" and is followed by "Zimbabwe" which was a song of inspiration for Zimbabwe's guerrillas fighting for Black majority rule in that country during the Rhodesian War/ War of Independence. Marley performed at Zimbabwe's independence celebrations of 18 April 1980. He did not know that the performance on the first day would be reserved for the special guests of the new elite. When the masses tried to attend the concert they where tear-gassed and hounded out the stadium by Mugabe' s militia.
Marley responded by singing "War". The next day his performance was subdued as he was already disillusioned by the behaviour of the new Mugabe regime.
Today the song 'Zimbabwe' is sung as an anthem of Zimbabwe's pro-democracy movement as are other Marley hits like ' Get Up, Stand Up"
It is clear that Marley would not have approved of the genocidal dictatorship that Mugabe built up, in the last 24 years, any more than he did the white minority government of Ian Smith.
There is the angry condemnation of the 'Babylon System' and the Black Nationalist anthem " Survival" with the lyrics " Were the survivors! The Black survivors!"
This was one of my first albums so the heady beat of this album holds great memories for me.
"Africa Unite" is another is an ode to Marley's idealistic dreams of Pan African unity.Read more ›
"Wake up and Live ya", as another eloquently noted, is the opening of this album ("opening clarion call"). It sets a tempo for this album, could be very good for the ending too, as this edition we look at has it finishing up the order (before the bonus track). "Coming in from the cold", plays a similar role on "Uprising", somehow, a similar message; refrains.
Difficult to rank these songs, you have my maybe two favorites then most everything is tied for third; in order of my favorites, because most every song is excellent excepting the likes of say, "so much trouble in the world" or "natty dread rides again (ride natty ride)", some may find these songs very likeable, but they miss for me. The latter seeming overdone in concept.
One drop, I know Bob's music fairly extensively, this is in my 10 top favorite songs, if not in the top 5.
Africa Unite , the instruments and Bob's melodic vocal contributions (not words, the "la-la" rhythms) make this A-1 besides it message.
Most Memorable; for me, is "Top Rankin" with one of those clever lines one remembers, mention the album "Survival" to me, and I think of "Top Rankin' Top Rankin' Are You Skankin' (Skankin')"
Zimbabwe, this is likewise, very memorable to the memory, about what was the former country of Rhodesia.
After these songs, all are excellent on an almost equal basis; probably no sense in rehashing what other reviewers have said.
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I own a lot of Bob Marley cd's and he is one of those rare artists that cannot make a bad song. Survival is the famous Marley reggae sound to politically charged amthems that are... Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by Justin Allen
This is one of the best albums ever and a must have for any BM&TW fan! Lyrics are very deep, meaningful and beautiful, and the music is warm and mellow. Read morePublished on March 25 2004 by Vladan
This is, hands down, Bob Marley's best CD. There is not a bad song on the entire thing. "Babylon System" and "Zimbabwe" are absolute works of art, but the whole... Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2003 by Cappy Jones
In the few short years of his Island records career Marley produced a string of astonishingly good studio albums as well as two great live albums. Read morePublished on June 2 2003 by Jonathan M. Mason
This is one of the very best of Bob Marley and The Wailers' (the first two were originally released under the group name The Wailers) original 11 Island-era albums. Definitely. Read morePublished on Dec 14 2002 by E.C.
In the interest of full disclosure, I admit to being a Jamiacan music fanatic, love everything from Mento to hardcore Dancehall. Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2002 by steveconga
This is one of Bob's more political works. Recorded around the time that the last colonialized African nations were fighting for independence. Read morePublished on July 18 2002 by Andre M.
All I have to say is that "Zimbawae" is probably one of the best Marley songs I've ever heard. Read morePublished on April 29 2002 by Chris Schmidt