Bob Marley – Uprising

Bob Marley – Uprising is a 1980 reggae album by Bob Marley & The Wailers. As Marley died the following year, Uprising was to become the final studio album to be released during his lifetime. This album is one of Marley’s most directly religious, with nearly every song addressing his Rastafarian beliefs, culminating in the acoustic folk classic, “Redemption Song”.
Uprising peaked at #41 on Billboard’s (North America) Black Albums chart, and #45 on the Pop Albums chart. “Could You Be Loved” was #6 and #56 respectively on the Club Play Singles and Black Singles charts. The album fared better in the UK where it was a top ten hit along with the single “Could You Be Loved” which reached number 5 in the UK singles charts.

AMG review: Bob Marley – Uprising would be the final studio album featuring Bob Marley & the Wailers to be released during Marley’s lifetime. Prophetically, it also contains some of the band’s finest crafted material, as if they were cogent that this would be their final outing. The album’s blend of religious and secular themes likewise creates a very powerful and singular quest for spirituality in a material world. Although it is argued that an album’s graphic design rarely captures the essence of the work inside, the powerful rebirthing image of a rock solid Marley emerging with his arms raised in triumph could not be a more accurate visual description of the musical jubilation within. Musically, the somewhat staid rhythms often synonymous with reggae have been completely turned around to include slinky and liquid syncopation. “Work,” “Pimper’s Paradise,” and the lead-off track “Coming in From the Cold” are all significant variations on the lolloping Rasta beat. The major difference is the sonic textures that manipulate and fill those patterns. The inventive and unique guitar work of Al Anderson — the only American member of the original Wailers — once again redefines the role of the lead electric guitar outside of its standard rock & roll setting. “Zion Train” is awash in wah-wah-driven patterns creating an eerie, almost ethereal backdrop against Marley’s lyrics, which recollect images from Peter Tosh’s “Stop That Train” all the way back on Marley & the Wailers’ international debut Catch a Fire. The final track on the original pressing of Uprising is “Redemption Song.” Never has an artist unknowingly written such a beautiful and apropos living epitaph. The stark contrast from the decidedly electric and group-oriented album to this hauntingly beautiful solo acoustic composition is as dramatic as it is visionary. Less than a year after the release of Uprising, Marley would succumb to cancer. The 2001 “Definitive Remaster” version of Bob Marley – Uprising contains the band version of “Redemption Song” and the 12″ mix of “Could You Be Loved.” –by Lindsay Planer

 

Bob Marley – Uprising Tracklist

  1. “Coming in from the Cold” – 4:31
  2. “Real Situation” – 3:08
  3. “Bad Card” – 2:48
  4. “We and Dem” – 3:12
  5. “Work” – 3:40
  6. “Zion Train” – 3:34
  7. “Pimper’s Paradise” – 3:26
  8. “Could You Be Loved” – 3:56
  9. “Forever Loving Jah” – 3:51
  10. “Redemption Song” – 3:47

 

 

Billboard Albums

Year Album Chart Peak
1980 Uprising R&B Albums 41
1980 Uprising The Billboard 200 45

Bob Marley - Uprising

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