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Survival (W/1 Bonus Track) [Original recording remastered]

Bob and the Wailers Marley , Bob Marley & The Wailers Audio CD
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1. So Much Trouble In The World
2. Zimbabwe
3. Top Rankin'
4. Babylon System
5. Survival
6. Africa Unite
7. One Drop
8. Ride Natty Ride
9. Ambush In The Night
10. Wake Up And Live
11. Ride Natty Ride (12in Mix)

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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

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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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Top Ranking April 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
While it is true that Bob Marley was not the FIRST Reggae singer, he was certainly the most famous.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different orders of songs, different releases March 5 2004
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Format:Audio CD
first off, let us get this straight, there are some differing orders of songs, with different releases, interesting; but it doesn't affect each individual song; but....
"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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5.0 out of 5 stars Is this album the greatest of all time? June 2 2003
Format:Audio CD
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. These included Exodus, rated by Time magazine as the greatest album of the century, and Kaya, which is my personal favorite. So where does this leave the rest of the Marley canon.
It seems to me that the Marley albums fall into only two categories, the five star and the four star albums, (see my ratings below). Though I am very stingy with the five star rating, Survival easily makes five stars, and it may even be the best Marley album, and quite possibly the greatest album of all time.
How can this be? Well, every song on the album is just irresistible, with great lyrices, impassioned performance, superb orchestration, catchy hooks... just a superb package. I honestly do not believe that anyone who listens to this album will not find it a life changing experience. Well, to be honest, there are probably lots of people who would fall into that category, but my remarks apply to those with discriminating taste and well developed sensibilities.
OK, I am running on, but this is just a great, great album. 'Nuff said.
* A really worthless CD
** A CD that has some good stuff, but some major defects.
*** An OK CD that will please fans of the artist in question.
**** An excellent CD that represents the best work of the artist in question and can be bought with confidence.
***** An absolute classic that is the best, or among the best, of its genre. Your collection should start here.
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By E.C.
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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. (Survival and Exodus are probably the two best.) I own all of these albums on CD and vinyl, and my Marley collection in general is very, very extensive. It is so good that if I had to suggest three releases which include material released during the Island Era, they would be Songs of Freedom (the 4-CD career retrospective box set), Legend, and SURVIVAL. It is so good that seven of the songs from this album are on Songs of Freedom, (for one of them they put the 12" mix instead of the original), and there is an additional dub version of one of these songs on the SOF box set. It is such a good album, that if you consider yourself a fan of Island-era Marley, I guarantee that if you do not have this album already and you buy it, you will like it. "Zimbabwe," "Babylon System," "Africa Unite," "One Drop," "Ride Natty Ride," and "Ambush in the Night" are unstoppably awesome songs!! Just as "No Woman, No Cry [Lyceum, 1975]" is Marley's best LIVE recording, "Africa Unite" is arguably Marley's best Island-era STUDIO recording. It's very beautiful and deep. "Zimbabwe" may be the most important song Marley ever recorded. READ THE WORDS from the liner notes AS YOU LISTEN TO THE SONG! BM&tW were invited to play at the celebration of the opening of the independent country of Zimbabwe in 1980(, at which the people knew the words to this song better than the words of their own new national anthem)! What an honor! They were the only non-African-based musical group that played for the celebration. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars #6. The Top 100 Albums in Reggae Music: A Critical Review
"Graduating thieves and murders...
Sucking the blood of the sufferers..."
---- "Babylon System"

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Published on Feb. 27 2011 by Andre Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong statement. Must for reggae fans.
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 more
Published on June 14 2004 by Justin Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic album
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 more
Published on March 25 2004 by Vladan
5.0 out of 5 stars The best.
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 more
Published on Aug. 20 2003 by Cappy Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW....just wow
this is the best cd ive ever bought. its just so amazing. get it.
Published on April 29 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Blistering Genius - a sometimes overlooked Bob album
In the interest of full disclosure, I admit to being a Jamiacan music fanatic, love everything from Mento to hardcore Dancehall. Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2002 by steveconga
5.0 out of 5 stars Politics that's easy to take
This is one of Bob's more political works. Recorded around the time that the last colonialized African nations were fighting for independence. Read more
Published on July 18 2002 by Andre M.
5.0 out of 5 stars great CD
All I have to say is that "Zimbawae" is probably one of the best Marley songs I've ever heard. Read more
Published on April 29 2002 by Chris Schmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars the songs are outstanding
From his last three albums this one is definetly his best while Exodus and kaya where made to receive a new audience Survival is actually a trown back to the begin of his island... Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2001 by dannycboon
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