NEW YORK, Nov. 21, 2007 — Described by Time Magazine as “the album of the 20th century,” Bob Marley’s masterpiece EXODUS celebrates its 30th anniversary and will be commemorated across all media platforms with the release of an special edition CD and DVD/CD combo, available now, as well as the release of a new hardback book and a theatrical tour of cinema screenings of LIVE AT THE RAINBOW in key college markets and major cities across the country.
Released on Friday 3rd June, 1977, Marley recorded the EXODUS album in exile. Having escaped an assassination attempt in Jamaica, he arrived in London during the first week of ‘77 and set to work recording his fifth studio album. The album catches Marley at the height of his most introspective, rebellious and creative periods. The release became the transforming album in Marley’s career, a recording of extraordinary creative maturity which resonated with audiences around the world. EXODUS -- which stayed on the UK chart for 56 consecutive weeks -- established Marley as the Third World’s first superstar, a legacy that survives thirty years after the album’s release.
The 30th anniversary of Bob Marley’s EXODUS masterpiece is celebrated this fall with: EXODUS 30th ANNIVERSARY CD The classic album, featuring the 10 tracks on the original release and now reissued as a special 30th Anniversary Edition packaged -- for the first time -- in a quality ‘hardback’ case EXODUS 30th ANNIVERSARY DVD/CD combo This version features not only the album but also a separate DVD with 12 tracks from Marley’s historic Rainbow concerts in the summer of 1977. LIVE AT THE RAINBOW Concert DVD Captured live in 1977 while on tour for the EXODUS album, LIVE! AT THE RAINBOW captures the Wailers, at an ambitious stage of their career featuring hits like “I Shot the Sheriff,” “Jamming,” and “Get Up, Stand Up”. EXODUS book Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, has been edited by the esteemed music commentator and critic Richard Williams and includes contributions from such writers as Lloyd Bradley, Robert Christgau, Neil Spencer and the celebrated poet Linton Kwesi Johnson. The book, which features over 200 images, is introduced by Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records. The special edition 144-page hardback book is lavishly illustrated with many previously unpublished pictures.
EXODUS recently made history this year when a limited edition version of the album was released on USB Memory Stick by Bob Marley’s official artist website. The event marked the very first artist-specific album to be released using this groundbreaking format and Marley as the first major label catalog artist to have music available via this new technology format.