BOB MARLEY'S 70TH BIRTHDAY TO BE CELEBRATED WITH UNRELEASED MATERIAL
2015 is looking like a great year for Bob Marley fans.
The reggae legend would have turned seventy this year and, to celebrate the occasion, the late singer's estate will be releasing a wealth of previously unseen and unheard material.
The first release will be the CD/DVD/Blu-Ray combo pack "Bob Marley and The Wailers - Easy Skanking In Boston '78," which will feature two historic live shows from Boston's Music Hall in June 1978.
The footage that makes up the performance was shot by a fan, with gaps in the video (which occurred when the cameraman was changing reels) replaced with animated sequences set to music.
Throughout the year, the estate will also be overseeing deluxe editions of Marley's most memorable albums.
Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was born February 6, 1945 in Nine Mile, St. Ann Parish, Jamaica, cutting his first single "Judge Not" in 1962, aged just 17.
After teaming up with Peter McIntosh (Peter Tosh) and Neville Livingston (Bunny Wailer) to form The Wailing Wailers (who later became simply The Wailers), Marley and co travelled to London to release debut album "Catch a Fire" in 1973.
After releasing album "Burnin'" in the same year, Marley split with his bandmates, calling in a new backing band, who recorded 1975's "Natty Dread," "Rastaman Vibration" (1976) and the seminal "Exodus." (1977)
"Exodus" remained on the British charts for 56 straight weeks, and netted Marley three UK hit singles, "Exodus," "Waiting In Vain," and "Jamming." It was also named Album of the Century by Time Magazine.
After racking up single hits including "Is This Love," "Satisfy My Soul" and "Redemption Song," Marley passed away in Miami on 11 May 1981 from cancer complications. He was just 36 years-old.
"Bob Marley & The Wailers - Easy Skanking In Boston '78" will be released through Universal Music on 17th February 2015.