Bob Marley & The Wailers

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Bob Marley & The Wailers

Live Forever: The Stanley Theater, Pittsburgh, PA, September 23, 1980

UME/Tuff Gong

3.5 out of 5 stars

If there was one artist that defined an entire genre of music, Bob Marley would be at the top of the short list.

The recent release of his final concert performance, from September 23, 1980 at the Stanley Theatre in Pittsburg, PA., is a welcomed bookend to his expansive catalog and touring career.

Released as a 2-CD set, the concert finds Marley and his backing band, the Wailers, plowing through a stampede of hits and fan favorites, including: “Natural Mystic,” “Them Belly Full,” “Jamming,” “Exodus” and “Could you Be Loved.”

Marley was terminally ill with cancer at the time of the concert and even though he sounds subdued at times, his mystique and compassion still shine, especially as he belts out a heartfelt rendition of “Redemption Song.”

Marley died less than seven months after this concert was recorded and even though parts of this release were pasted together (“Work” and “Get Up Stand Up” are audience recordings), it is still a nice reminder of the joy the man spread through his music.

— Jonathan Keller

 

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