June 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of Time magazine naming Bob Marley & the Wailers' classic Exodus album "Best Album of the 20th Century." To celebrate the achievement, Tuff Gong Worldwide presents the Super Deluxe, four LP, two 7-inch vinyl edition reissue that includes Exodus 40 — The Movement Continues, son Ziggy Marley's newly-currated "restatement" of the original album.
Along with Exodus 40, the reissue includes the original LP, an Exodus Live set recorded at London's Rainbow Theatre the week of the original album's release, Punky Reggae Party LP, which includes a previously unreleased extended mix of "Keep On Moving," and a pair of vinyl 7-inch singles, including "Waiting in Vain" b/w "Roots" and "Smile Jamaica (Part One)" b/w "Smile Jamaica (Part Two)."
Bob Marley & the Wailers' classic Exodus album, the ninth studio album of the band, was released on June 3, 1977, just six months after an assassination attempt was made on Bob Marley's life in Jamaica that December, forcing him to flee to London, where Exodus was recorded.
The album featured a new backing band including brothers Carlton and Aston "Family Man" Barrett on drums and bass, Tyrone Downie on keyboards, Alvin "Seeco" Patterson on percussion, and the I Threes, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths and Rita Marley on backing vocals, and newest member Julian "Junior Marvin" on guitar.
As part of the celebration, Ziggy Marley has intimately revisited the original session recordings, uncovering unused and never-before-heard vocals, lyric phrasing and instrumentation, incorporating and transforming these various elements into brand-new session takes.