Bob Marley ‘The Capitol Sessions 73’ detailed

Multi-format release available Sept 3rd

The scene is Hollywood. October 1973. International reggae pioneers Bob Marley and The Wailers were filmed in a closed door session at The Capitol Records Tower on October 24th by famed producer Denny Cordell, who received the blessing from Marley to capture the band recording 12 songs. Shooting with four cameras and mixing “on the fly” to a colorized tape, this footage, has been painstakingly restored, resulting in an incredible presentation of this unseen live session.

On September 3rd, Tuff Gong and Mercury Studios are proud to present this concert (almost 50 years after it was recorded): Bob Marley And The Wailers: The Capitol Session ‘73 on CD/DVD, standalone CD, 2 LP pressed on Green Marble vinyl, 2 LP pressed on Rasta swirl vinyl — green with red and yellow splatter available exclusively at Sound of Vinyl, and digital formats.

This session at Capitol Studios represented a unique moment in the band’s career. Filmed 10 years after their formation, Bob Marley and the Wailers already had several established hits through the ska and rocksteady eras. Gaining recognition stateside, including a few shows with Bruce Springsteen at Max’s Kansas City in NYC, they then went on to tour with Sly and the Family Stone, before they had been unceremoniously dumped from the tour. This led to the band (Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Joe Higgs, Aston Barrett, Carlton Barrett, Earl “Wya” Lindo) making their way to Hollywood to do this session.

The footage from this session was considered lost until a freelance researcher uncovered a few frames. For over 20 years, archives and storage units from New York and London to San Diego were tracked down and searched to retrieve fragments of the film, until it was fully unearthed, restored, and remastered.

Evolving into a politically and socially charged unit after being inspired by the US Civil Rights movement, various African liberation efforts, and Rastafari, which Bob Marley and the Wailers studied from Rasta elders, their music reflected the soul and struggles of the era. Making poignant statements about life, liberty, and social justice, the sentiments are imbued in the songs, which are beautifully brought to life via Bob Marley and The Wailers: The Capitol Session ‘73.

CD/DVD | CD | 2 LP Green Marble | 2 LP Rasta Swirl

  1. You Can’t Blame the Youth
  2. Slave Driver
  3. Burnin’ and Lootin’
  4. Rastaman Chant
  5. Duppy Conqueror
  6. Midnight Raver
  7. Put it On
  8. Stop that Train
  9. Kinky Reggae
  10. Stir It Up
  11. No More Trouble
  12. Get Up Stand Up
  13. Duppy Conqueror [DVD Bonus]
  14. Rastaman Chant [DVD Bonus]

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