May 11 will mark the 30th anniversary of Bob Marley’s death. 30 years… I get a jolt every time I realize that it’s been so long, as his music continues to seem so relevant and current and, indeed, even continues to be found in the “new releases” bin. Case in point: the new release of Bob Marley’s final concert, which took place September 23, 1980 at the Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA.
The CD is called Bob Marley and the Wailers Live Forever and it’s outstanding. Taken primarily from soundboard recordings (the tape ran out before the last two songs, so lower-quality audience microphone recordings were used for the final numbers) and it was remastered beautifully and painstakingly. A worthwhile purchase? I’d say so. The concert itself was outstanding — you’d never know that Marley was suffering from malignant melanoma that had metastasized throughout his body — and the recording quality brings it home.