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Survival Original recording remastered
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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."
***** ****** ******
"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 ›
And this is not my very favorite Bob album (thats reserved for Catch a Fire - you know what they say: you never forget your first)BUT: Survival is an absolute brilliant piece of music-making. From the clarion call of the opening track to "Wake up and Live, ya'll - wake up and live...." to the repeated admonition to "tell the children the truth" in Babylon System, the lyrics on this album are Bob at his very best: passionate, angry, caring, concerned, moving, persuasive, original: with an almost Biblical authority and a heartfelt authenticity that makes you feel as if Bob is speaking directly to YOU, straight outta Yard. Marley's ability to truly connect through these lyrics with everyone (from subarban white Americans to Moari tribespeople and everyone in between) while remaining true to himself and his heritage as a jamaican and member of the african diaspora is on bravura display throughout. For example: 'they bribe us with their guns, spare parts and money... and if you want to get some food, your brother's got to be your enemy..." A more succint and pointed description and indictment of superpower "realpolitik" foriegn policies would be harder to imagine.
And that's just the lyrics. The riddims between Bob, Carly and Familyman on this collection are SO hard, SO right & tight, SO in the pocket, it's hard to describe without simply throwing superlatives at it in a lame attempt to put into words what must be heard to be understood. The album makes extensive yet tasteful use of additional percussion (i.e. the african agogo bells in Ride Natty Ride) throughout, musically reflecting and enhancing the albums' lyrical focus on afrocentric concerns.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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
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... Read more
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
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.... Read morePublished on March 5 2004
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 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