Live! (Bob Marley & the Wailers album)

Live album by
Released 5 December 1975
Recorded 17-18 July 1975
Venue Lyceum Theatre, London
Genre Reggae
Length 45:15
Label Island
Producer Bob Marley and the Wailers, Steve Smith, Chris Blackwell
Bob Marley and The Wailers chronology
Natty Dread


Rastaman Vibration


Live! is a 1975 album by Bob Marley and the Wailers which was recorded live in concert during July 1975 at the Lyceum Theatre, London. The performance remains one of Marley's most famous.[citation needed] "No Woman, No Cry" was released as a single.

Production [ edit ]

The album was recorded 17-18 July 1975 at the Lyceum Theatre, London. Danny Holloway, an Island Records employee, recorded the performances using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. The majority of the songs were recorded during the 17 July performance; "Lively up Yourself" was recorded during the 18 July performance.

Production of the album was credited to Bob Marley and the Wailers, Steve Smith, and Chris Blackwell.

Release [ edit ]

The album was released on 5 December 1975 by Island Records as a vinyl LP. In 2001 it was released on CD. In 2016 a three disc release called the "Live! Deluxe Edition", became available in vinyl and CD formats, with recordings of both the 17 July and 18 July performances.

Reception [ edit ]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Christgau's Record Guide A–[1]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars link

Reviewing Live! in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies, Robert Christgau wrote, "The rushed tempos take their toll in aura: 'Trenchtown Rock' can be far more precise, painful, and ecstatic; like most live albums this relies on obvious material. But the material is also choice, unlike most live albums it's graced by distinct sound and economical arrangements, and the tempos force both singer and the band into moments of wild, unexpected intensity. I used to think Natty Dread's 'No Woman, No Cry' was definitive."[1]

Track listing [ edit ]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Trenchtown Rock" Bob Marley 4:23
2. "Burnin' and Lootin'" Bob Marley 5:11
3. "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)" Leon Cogill, Carlton Barrett 4:36
4. "Lively Up Yourself" Bob Marley 4:33
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "No Woman, No Cry" Vincent Ford 7:07
6. "I Shot the Sheriff" Bob Marley 5:18
7. "Get Up, Stand Up" Bob Marley, Peter Tosh 6:28
The Definitive Remastered edition (2001)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
8. "Kinky Reggae" (bonus track; originally the B-side of "No Woman, No Cry") Bob Marley 7:35

Musicians [ edit ]

Bob Marley and the Wailers


Personnel [ edit ]

  • Recorded at the Lyceum, London, 18 July 1975
  • Live sound mixing: Dave Harper
  • Live Monitor Engineer: CHIP CHASE (Eric Chipchase)
  • Live recording by Rolling Stones Mobile
  • Recording engineer: Steve Smith
  • Mixed at: Basing Street Studios
  • Mixing engineer: Phill Brown
  • Many thanks to Don Taylor and Dave Harper for making everything happen.
  • Bob Marley and the Wailers - produced the music
  • Steve Smith & Chris Blackwell - produced the record
  • Reissue supervised by Bill Levenson and Maxine Stowe with special thanks to the Marley Family and Chris Blackwell.
  • Mastered from the original two track analog master tapes by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, New York, 2001.
  • Tape research by Jane Hitchin, David Lascelles, and Zoe Roberts at Universal Tape Library, London.
  • LIVE! (Island ILPS 9376) was originally released 5 December 1975.

Certifications [ edit ]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[2] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[3] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[4] Gold 250,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[5] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[6] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[7] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[8] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: M". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 4 March 2019 – via
  2. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Bob Marley And the Wailers – Live" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  3. ^ "French album certifications – Bob Marley And the Wailers – Live !" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Bob Marley & the Wailers; 'Live')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Bob Marley & the Wailers – Live" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 4 June 2019.Enter Live in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  6. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Bob Marley; 'Live')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  7. ^ "British album certifications – Bob Marley And the Wailers – Live". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 4 June 2019.Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Live in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  8. ^ "American album certifications – Bob Marley & the Wailers – Live!". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 4 June 2019.If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
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