"BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS — LIVE FOREVER" (Tuff Gong/UMGD)

"Bob Marley & The Wailers — Live Forever" is an inspiration and tribute.

An album 30 years in the making and released about when would be the legendary artist's 66th birthday, the two-disc set captures a concert performed at the Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh on Sept. 23, 1980.

The never-before-released concert was performed while Bob Marley and The Wailers were out touring and promoting his album "Uprising." Some of Marley's most famous songs were featured during this tour and concert, performed in his energetic and loving way, such as "No Woman No Cry," "Redemption Song" and "Jamming." The raw energy and power give listeners a chance to feel Marley's passion and love for his fans and music.

Most of the two-disc set offers a polished sound to the concert, bringing to life the instruments and Marley's vocal abilities. The last few songs are more raw and uncut, allowing the listener to be closer to the concert and enjoy the atmosphere.

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One notable performance is "Redemption Song," which reflects the lyrical genius of Marley. The final number, "Get Up Stand Up," is performed in a raw, uncut manner, and one can see why the singer's fame grew.

"Bob's music has always conveyed a message of hope, unity and love," said Rita Marley, widow of Bob Marley, in the album's media notes. "It has brought countless people together as it did that night 30 years ago in Pittsburgh. To hear that music today and to be able to share it with a new generation shows that Bob is as relevant today as he was 30 years ago."

Although Bob Marley's career only lasted about 18 years, his legend and influence can be felt through many generations. "Live Forever" is an album that will bring together older and newer fans alike.

Jordan Morrow currently resides in Bountiful and concentrates his work on music and literature.

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