Bob Marley & The Wailers – Exodus (1977)
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“It’s not the band I hate, it’s their fans”
– Sloan (or rather Sloooooooooooooooooan), Coax Me
If you’re a Bob Marley fan, chances are you love Exodus.
Or at least, part of Exodus.
And you may not have any interest in the other part of Exodus.
Hence the non-overlapping Venn Diagram below:
Due to side two’s sheer commercial strength, Exodus might be the most unintentionally ironic title on the 1001 list.
Whereas my understanding of term would mean a mass movement away from something, based on the continued & seemingly unwavering popularity of the second-side anthems (Jamming, Three Little Birds, One Love/People Get Ready), I’d imagine there was more of a mass influx of fans during & since 1977, rather than an Exodus.
It’s easy to see the appeal of the massive side two sing-a-longs; the music is upbeat, the tone is optimistic, what’s not to like?
Well, I suppose, despite being somewhat less interesting than the side one material, there’s nothing inherently wrong with the side two Exodus content here.
The record was deservingly a critical & commercial success, I don’t think allegations of “sell out” would be approppriate either.
Instead, Sloan’s post-opening quote may be more apt.
It’s not Bob Marley & The Wailers that Exodus side-one-devotees hate.
It’s their new kind of “fan.”
You know “that guy.”
That guy that plays little beyond the side-two hits, embraces Marley as a marijuana poster-boy (literally), giggling if a track length approaches a running time of 4:20, equating the drum roll intro to Jamming as an unignorable cue to, umm, burn one down, completely disregarding Marley’s messages & melodies elsewhere…yeah, I could see how longtime Marley devotees wouldn’t be so keen on that guy.
So while this album may have been the Marley gateway for legions of new fans, perhaps this album marked a smaller-scale Exodus of some one-time Marley fans that weren’t so enamored with this new crowd?
Either way, if fans like “that guy” described above have been a deterrent for further Marley exploration, I’m pleased to report that there’s much more substance to Robert Marley than merely, err, substance abuse.
To modify my favourite Exodus track, he has So Much (more) Things To Say.
And I’m glad that over the past couple years, I’ve been able to get past “that guy” and enjoy hearing the actual messages straight from the source.
Verbalize the Positive
Tip of the hat to Mr. Marley for setting a good ‘verbalizing the positive’ example for me.
From time to time, it’s just nice to be reminded that “every little thing’s gonna be alright.”