Sunday, May 19, 2013
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: BOB MARLEY - KAYA DELUXE EDITION
Is that a bad thing? Well, not when you look at the quality of his love and happiness. In a fine mood, he spins easy, soulful reggae, leaning heavily on the I-Threes for back-up la-la-lovin', and smooth horns, as befit a fellow who was inspired in the '60's by U.S. soul. Songs about spliffs are as controversial as it gets, but by this time, if you knew Marley, you knew about the ganja. No, life was cool for him now, with Easy Skanking leading things off, and the inspirational Is This Love the big cut. While he's known for speaking out about his people's suffering, what's made his legacy decades later is his peaceful message, either love for one or for all, Is This Love joining One Love as more powerful statements than the politics of that day. Such was his keen interest in the peaceful theme that he went back into his deep catalogue of songs, re-recording numbers from his earlier career, old for Jamaica but brand-new for his international audience. Sun Is Shining and Kaya itself are early 70's tunes first done with Lee "Scratch" Perry.
The live disc included as the deluxe bonus is a concert from Rotterdam in 1978, during the Kaya tour. It's not heavy on the new album tracks, featuring only Is This Love and Easy Skanking over its 76 minutes. It's more of a greatest hits, mirroring six cuts off the famous Legend collection. With a loving crowd locking in to No Woman No Cry, Jamming, and Get Up, Stand Up, this is one of the best of the several Marley concerts available.