Rolling Stone - 3/7/914 Stars
- Excellent - "a tribute befitting a king."
Q - 8/02, p.1454 stars out of 5
- "...A blend of live radio takes and rare studio recordings linked by excerpts from an interview in which Marley's stoned patois remains unintelligible..."
Uncut - 8/02, p.1233.5 out of 5
- "...Most interesting..."
Musician - 4/91
"...a marvelously intimate document...Marley's singing has never seemed so freewheeling as here, his yodeling scats offset by snarling descants from Tosh...a revelation."
New York Times (Publisher) - 2/10/91
"...has something to add to the annals: a previously unknown song and, more important, a chance to hear the live Wailers as they played during their first United States tour, with Joe Higgs replacing Bunny (Wailer) Livingstone."
A collection of rare and previously unreleased performances, including studio and live material, with tracks from the legendary October 1973 KSAN-FM (San Francisco) broadcast and interview segments from Jamaican radio in 1975. Includes an 8-page booklet.
Bob Marley & The Wailers: Bob Marley, Peter Tosh (vocals, guitar); Joe Higgs (vocals, percussion); Al Anderson (guitar); Bernard "Touter" Harvey (piano, organ); Tyrone Downie, Earl "Wire" Lindo (keyboards); Aston "Familyman" Barrtt (bass); Carlton "Carly" Barrett (drums, percussion); Alvin "Seeco" Patterson (percussion).
Additional personnel: Dermot Hussey (interviewer).
The I-Threes: Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt (background vocals).
Principally recorded live at the Record Plant, San Francisco, California in 1973 & The Lyceum, London, England in 1975. Includes liner notes by Rob Partridge.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Bob Marley (vocals, guitar); Peter Tosh (vocals, guitar); Joe Higgs (vocals, percussion); Al Yasha Anderson (guitar); Bernard Touter Harvey (piano, organ); Earl Lindo, Tyrone Downie (keyboards); Carlton "Carly" Barrett (drums, percussion); Alvin "Seeco" Patterson (percussion); Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths, Rita Marley, I-Threes (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Rob Partridge.
Recording information: Kingston, Jamaica (1973-1975); Record Plant, San Francisco, CA (1973-1975).
Arranger: Bob Marley.
The importance of TALKIN' BLUES as a historical musical document cannot be stressed enough. The bulk of BLUES finds Marley interview segments interspersed between portions of a live session recorded during the Wailers' initial 1973 American tour (which included a date opening for Bruce Springsteen at Max's Kansas City.) By this time, the band's formidable stage presence had resulted in their being dumped as the supporting act for Sly & The Family Stone. Bunny Wailer had returned to Jamaica and mentor Joe Higgs was recruited to take his place. These recordings overflow with the magic of the Wailers, despite the fact that the band was playing before a handful of people during a closed session.
The most captivating moments come during the interaction between Marley and Peter Tosh on "Kinky Reggae" and "Get Up Stand Up." The contrast of the former's honeyed vocals and the latter's nasal delivery spark a yearning for more material by this tempestuous duo. Tosh later takes a solo vocal on "Can't Blame The Youth" that quivers with a coolly defiant tone. Equally impressive are the sweet harmonies of The I-Threes on the title track and the rhythmically whip-smart reading of "Burnin' & Lootin."