Soul Revolution

Soul Revolution
Studio album by
Released 1971
Recorded 1970-1971
Genre Reggae
Length 34:24
Label Maroon, Upsetter
Producer Lee Perry
Bob Marley and the Wailers chronology
Soul Rebels

Soul Revolution

The Best of the Wailers

Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Soul Revolution is an album by Bob Marley and the Wailers. It was produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry[1] and the Wailers.[2] A "dub" version with the vocals removed was released as Soul Revolution Part II.[1] In 1988 both versions were released as one set.[3]

Track listing [ edit ]

All tracks written by Bob Marley, except where noted.

Side one
  1. "Keep on Moving" (Rainford Hugh "Lee" Perry, Curtis Mayfield) 3:09
  2. "Don't Rock My Boat" 4:33 (an earlier version of the song called "Satisfy My Soul" on Kaya album)
  3. "Put it On" 3:34
  4. "Fussing and Fighting" 2:29
  5. "Duppy Conqueror V/4" 3:25
  6. "Memphis" 2:09

"Duppy Conqueror V/4[version 4]" is a version of the song "Duppy Conqueror" in which parts of the vocals have been left off, such that it in effect alternates between the vocal version of the song and an instrumental version of the song.

Side two
  1. "Riding High" (Neville Livingston, Cole Porter) 2:46
  2. "Kaya" 2:39
  3. "African Herbman" (Richie Havens) 2:24
  4. "Stand Alone" 2:12
  5. "Sun Is Shining" 2:11
  6. "Brain Washing" 2:41

"Riding High" and "Brain Washing" - lead vocals by Bunny Wailer. The correct title of the song is "African Herbsman" but it was misspelled as "African Herbman" on the original LP label.

CD releases (bonus tracks)

  1. "Kaya" (alternative version) 2:37 — some editions only
  2. "Duppy Conqueror" (alternative version) 3:48 — some editions only

Soul Revolution Part II [ edit ]

Soul Revolution Part II is a "dub" companion set to Soul Revolution, being the original Soul Revolution album with the vocals stripped off.[1] In the case of "Memphis", which originally contained no vocals, Peter Tosh's lead melodica solo was removed to create the new instrumental version.[4] This album was originally released only in Jamaica. The instrumental version of the album was originally released in a very limited pressing on Upsetter Records, "part of which was jacketed in plain sleeves and part of which was jacketed in Soul Revolution Part II sleeves."[2] Dating to as late as 2004, this album has also become known as "Upsetter Revolution Rhythm," because of a CD by that name released in 2004 (HIP-O RECORDS / Universal Music / JAD cat#B0003300-02) which was a reissue of the original instrumental album, with the addition of one bonus track: "Kaya version alternate mix".

In 1988, Trojan Records released a double-LP reissue of both albums, catalogue number TRLD 406, called "Soul Revolution I & II". This release included four extra tracks as compared with the original two LPs, which were "Soul Rebel" and "Mr. Brown" along with the instrumental 'dub' versions, "Soul Rebel version 4" and "Dracula". Curiously, and partially in line with "Duppy Conqueror V/4" from the original vocal LP, "Soul Rebel version 4" contains only a small portion of choral vocals at the beginning of the song, with the rest being instrumental. On the first disc of this release, "Duppy Conqueror V/4" is mistitled as "Duppy Conqueror." On the second disc, which is identified as "The Rhythm Album," song 5 is mistitled as "Duppy Conqueror Version 4" when in this context it should be titled just "Duppy Conqueror". On disc 1, the misspelled title of "African Herbman" is preserved as on the original vocal LP, while on disc 2, the spelling of the title of the instrumental version has been corrected to "African Herbsman". The cover of this Trojan Records release had a two-tone close-up photo-based image of Bob Marley in a square in the middle, surrounded on all four sides by repeated images of Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh and another image of Bob Marley, as well as multi-colored text reading "BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS SOUL REVOLUTION 1 AND 2". This cover of this Trojan reissue should not be confused with the cover of the original vocal Soul Revolution LP, which had a turquoise background, with dark blue text, and featured an octagonal-shaped picture in the middle, surrounded by six square-shaped photos.[5]

Bonus tracks

  1. "Soul Rebel" (Lee "Scratch" Perry) 2:46
  2. "Mr. Brown" (Gregory Isaacs, Bob Marley) 2:53
  3. "Soul Rebel version 4"
  4. "Dracula" 2:55

Personnel [ edit ]

The Wailers
Additional musicians

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ a b c d Jo-Ann Greene. "Soul Revolution, Pts. 1-2 - Bob Marley & the Wailers | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Definitive Discography, by Roger Steffens and Leroy Jodie Pierson, LMH Publishing Limited, 2005.
  3. ^ Jo-Ann Greene. "Soul Revolution, Pts. 1-2 - Bob Marley & the Wailers | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  4. ^ Bob Marley: The Complete Guide to his Music by Ian McCann & Harry Hawke, Omnibus Press, 2004.
  5. ^ The Complete Guide to Music of Bob Marley by Ian McCann, Omnibus Press, 1994.
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