Exodus

~ Release group by Bob Marley & The Wailers

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Exodus 12" Vinyl 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) DLPS 9498, ILPS 9498 [none]
Exodus CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 90034-2
Exodus 12" Vinyl 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 90034-1 075679003416
Exodus CD 10 Tuff Gong 422-846 208-2 042284620826
Exodus CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Tuff Gong 258 128 4007192581283
Exodus CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) TGLCD 6 042284620826
Exodus CD 10 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UDCD 628 015775162822
Exodus 12" Vinyl 10 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-221
Exodus (deluxe edition) 2×CD 15 + 10 Tuff Gong 586 408-2 731458640820
Exodus CD 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Tuff Gong 314 548 898-2 731454889827
Exodus CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 422-846 208-2
Exodus (Bob Marley & The Wailers: The Definitive Remasters) CD 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Tuff Gong 548 898-2 731454889827
Exodus (unknown) 12
Exodus CD 12 Tuff Gong
Exodus (The Definitive Remasters) CD 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) UICY-6838 4988005471482
Exodus (30th Anniversary Edition) CD 10 Universal Island Records (not for release label use; a division of Universal Music Operations Limited) 1734079 602517340794
Exodus (30th Anniversary Edition) CD 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Tuff Gong 1734079 602517340794
Exodus Digital Media 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 602517340794
Exodus CD 12 Island Records (not for release label use, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.), Tuff Gong 548 542-5 0600753354254
Exodus Digital Media 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 602537663132
Exodus (The Movement Continues...) (40th Anniversary edition) 2×CD 10 + 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Tuff Gong 00602557591545 602557591545
Exodus (40 - 3 disc version) 3×CD 10 + 10 + 8 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 602557546712 602557546712
Exodus CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Tuff Gong 846 208-2, TGLCD 6 042284620826

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part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 169)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000123937 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/65858 [info]
Wikidata: Q913633 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Exodus (Bob Marley & The Wailers album) [info]
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There's a sense of splitting hairs when assessing Bob Marley albums. From 1975 to 1980 he exercised a level of long-player quality control unheard of in both singles-based reggae and popular music altogether. Yet a convincing case can be made for 1977's Exodus being top of the pile.

Widely considered to be his best work, no other album has as many tracks featured on Legend; the biggest selling reggae record of all time. Exodus was also recorded between two key events in the Marley story; the assassination attempt and the One Love Peace Concert, marking his transformation from rebel to superstar in the eyes of the world.

Fittingly, it's an album of two halves; opening with the slow fade-up of ''Natural Mystic'', followed by the exuberant ''So Much Things To Say''; with Bob's reggae-scat on the final verse mimicking the 'nonsense talk' all around him. ''Guiltiness'' and ''The Heathen'' explore darker territory, before the glorious primordial shuffle of the title track.

''Jamming'' signals the change in tone, followed by ''Waiting In Vain'' (how to write the perfect love song using a few deft strokes) and the Clapton-esque ''Turn Your Lights Down Low'' (how not to). The album closes with the uplifting ''Three Little Birds'', and Curtis Mayfield adaptation ''One Love''.

Exodus was book-ended by the less well-received Rastaman Vibration and Kaya, which, oddly, both possess the one thing Exodus doesn't; a sense of unity across the tracks. While the earlier songs could easily have ended up on Kaya (the sessions overlapped) the later ones sound like they came from a different session altogether.

So if you like an album to be a complete whole, try the blunted production of Kaya, the politically-savvy Survival, or the maturity of Uprising. For Bob's greatest song-writing, un-tempered by Peter, Bunny or Scratch, Exodus is king.