Q - 9/01, p.1354 stars out of 5
- "...Marley as superstar..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 8/02, p.85
"...The most complete and uncompromised studio album that The Wailers made..."
Bob Marley & The Wailers: Bob Marley (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, percussion); Aston "Family Man" Barrett (guitar, bass, percussion); Earl "Chinna" Smith (guitar, percussion); Al Anderson, Donald Kinsey (guitar); Tyrone Downie (keyboards, bass, percussion, background vocals); Carlton Barrett (drums, percussion); Alvin "Seeco" Patterson (percussion).
Additional personnel: The I Threes (background vocals).
Reissue producers: Bill Levenson, Maxine Stone.
Recorded at Harry J Studios and Joe Gibbs Studio, Kingston, Jamaica. Originally released on Island (59383).
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Bob Marley (vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion); Aston Barrett (guitar, electric bass, percussion); Earl "Chinna" Smith (guitar, percussion); Donald Kinsey, Al Yasha Anderson (guitar); Tyrone Downie (keyboards, percussion, background vocals); Carlton "Carly" Barrett (drums, percussion); Alvin "Seeco" Patterson (percussion); I-Threes (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Aston Barrett.
Recording information: Harry J Studios (1975-1976); Harry J. Studios (1975-1976); Joe Gibbs Studio, Kingston, Jamaica (1975-1976); Joe Gibbs Studios, Kingston, Jamaica (1975-1976).
Photographer: Neville Garrick.
RASTAMAN VIBRATION's burlap-esque jacket design couldn't be more appropriate packaging-this is a load of Natty knowledge delivered in simple, raw fashion. And there's a real beauty in the weave. This 1976 release finds Bob dropping ever more lyrics on human entanglements both local and global, his transcendent voice threading wisdom through it all.
"Positive Vibration" and "Roots, Rock, Reggae" are anthemic in character, inviting all listeners to quit their negativity and start a-dancin'. "Want More" is a promise of bad karma for back-biters everywhere, leadened fearfully by solemn bass lines and seamless production. Perhaps most compelling here is "War," a musical setting of a 1968 speech on global justice by the Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia. Bob's echoing fade with the words, "Good Over Evil" is positively haunting. While Peter Tosh's voice is absent, the classic exchange between Marley and the I-Threes (backing vocal divas, for those not in the know) shines all the more brightly in the spotlight. Funky organs are everywhere. Every track on RASTAMAN VIBRATION is an excellent piece of vintage roots reggae, proving just how powerful and tight Bob's studio sessions could be.