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Bob Marley & The WailersBabylon By Bus

Label:Island Records – ISLD 11
Format:
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Reggae
Style:Reggae

Tracklist

A1Positive Vibration
Written-ByV. Ford*
5:38
A2Punky Reggae Party
Written-ByB. Marley*, L. Perry*
5:38
A3Exodus
Written-ByB. Marley*
7:26
B1Stir It Up
Written-ByB. Marley*
5:11
B2Rat Race
Written-ByR. Marley*
3:25
B3Concrete Jungle
Written-ByB. Marley*
5:30
B4Kinky Reggae
Written-ByB. Marley*
4:36
C1Lively Up Yourself
Written-ByB. Marley*
6:10
C2Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Road Block)
Written-ByA. Barrett*, H. Peart*
5:02
C3aWar
Written-ByA. Cole*, C. Barrett*
5:20
C3bNo More Trouble
Written-ByB. Marley*
D1Is This Love
Written-ByB. Marley*
7:05
D2Heathen
Written-ByB. Marley*
4:14
D3Jamming
Written-ByB. Marley*
5:05
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Notes

Recorded live in Paris, Copenhagen, London & Amsterdam.

Issued in a oversized sleeve with two colourful cardboard liners printed with artwork, photos and credits.

On all labels: Ⓟ 1978 Island Records Inc.

Embossed lettering on "Number Plate:
‘BABYLON BY BUS’ - Front Cover
‘BMW’ - Rear cover

Initial copies were also issued with a coloured poster.

Runouts are stamped, except JONZ is etched.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): ISLD 11-1A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): ISLD 11-1B
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side C): ISLD 11-2A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side D): ISLD 11-2B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 1): ISLD 11 1A - 1U JONZ 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 1): ISLD 11-1 B - 2U O O 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, variant 1): ISLD 11 2A - 1U JONZ V J 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D, variant 1): ISLD 11 2B - 1U T C 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 2): ISLD 11 1A-1U JONZ
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 2): ISLD 11-1B-3U
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, variant 2): ISLD 11 2A-1U JONZ
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D, variant 2): ISLD 11 2B-1U

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Babylon By Bus (2×LP, Album, Stereo)Island Records, Island Records300 152, 300 152-406Germany1978
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Babylon By Bus (2×LP, Album, Stereo, Embossed)Island Records6650 004France1978
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Babylon By Bus (2×LP, Album, Club Edition, Stereo)Island Records32 040 8Germany1978
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Babylon By Bus (2×LP, Album)Island Records300 152Netherlands1978
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Babylon By Bus (2×LP, Album, Stereo)Island Records14C 162-61811/2Greece1978

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  • TheCoolVault's avatar
    TheCoolVault
    BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS
    BABYLON BY BUS
    1978

    I ABSOLUTELY ADORE THE TOUR BUS CONSTRUCTION OF THE COVER. WHEN YOU REPLACE THE INNER SLEEVES BACK INTO THE  SLEEVE, YOU WILL SEE BOB MARLEY  AND THE WAILERS, THROUGH THE WINDOW, PLAYING LIVE, ON THIS LEGENDARY TOUR.

    I HAVE QUITE A FEW BOB MARLEY ALBUMS, BUT THIS ONE IS MY FAVOURITE, IT JUST SEEMS TO TICK EVERY BOX, YOU WILL REACH FOR IT TIME AND TIME AGAIN, AND WONDER WHY, YOU YET AGAIN, BYPASSED THE STUDIO ALBUMS?

    THE ANSWER MY FRIEND, IS WHAT BOB GELDOF ELOQUENTLY REMARKED, THESE CONCERTS WHERE A CATHEDRAL, A SOULFUL, MELODIC, SHOT OF LOVE, THAT WILL TOUCH AND MASSAGE YOUR VERY SOUL.

    THESE CONCERTS IN 1978, TRANSCENDED MUSIC, THIS WAS COMMUNITY, TOTALLY INTEGRATED, EVERYONE WAS WELCOME, BOB WAS LIVING BY EXAMPLE, AND SHOWING US THAT LIVE AND LET LIVE IS THE WAY THAT WAY THAT LIFE SHOULD BE.

    THESE CONCERTS CAPTURED BOB AND THE WAILERS, AT THE PEAK OF THERE POWERS.

    QUITE SIMPLY THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST LIVE ALBUMS OF ALL TIME.

    IF YOU ARE A BOB MARLEY DIEHARD AND ONLY HAVE THE STUDIO ALBUMS IN YOUR COLLECTION THEN, IM SORRY, BUT YOU REALLY NEED THIS.

    IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE WAILERS, OR ARE JUST STARTING TO GET INTO THEM, OR IF YOU JUST WANT ONE BOB MARLEY LP IN YOUR COLLECTION, THEN THIS STUNNING 2 LP TOUR BUS SET WILL TICK ALMOST EVERY BOX.

    THIS UK, SLD 11 EDITION, ALTHOUGH, VERY SIMILAR, TO THE UK, 300 150 SEEMS TO BE MORE PLENTIFUL. I DON'T REALLY KNOW, WHY THIS, IS THE CASE?

    Was the 300 150 edition repressed, at a later stage, by Island Records, possibly at a different pressing plant, to keep up with demand?

    Was the, UK, 300 150 edition, pressed in smaller quantities, than SLD 11? Judging by the database, this would appear, to be the case.

    If you know the answer, and can shed, some light on this, maybe you might like to share, by adding a post.

    This cover has a certain vulnerability, due to the tour bus construction. I recommend, placing the album, in a clear, protective sleeve, to avoid damage on the, see through, bus windows, on the front cover.

    I adore the double width spine, I'm a big fan of these.

    The jewel in the crown is the original, atlas tour style inner sleeves, with the concert photography. This is essential for this release. If you are buying, check this out. If they are missing, then this release will not work, or look right. You need to see the band looking out the tour bus window.

    IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING ADDING THIS GREAT DOUBLE, LIVE ALBUM, TO YOUR COLLECTION, DON'T HESITATE, IN MY OPINION, IT IS ONE OF THE BEST LIVE ALBUMS, OF ALL TIME.

    IT'S ONE OF THOSE RECORDS, THAT YOU WILL PLAY SO MUCH, THAT YOU MIGHT EVEN, WEAR DOWN, THOSE WAX GROOVES.
    • M1chaelMcG's avatar
      M1chaelMcG
      I pestered my record shop of choice to get this for me, around 1980/81, after hearing a friend's older brother's copy. It was the second BMW album I bought, after Uprising. It took ages for them to get me it. And when it finally arrived, it had grey push-out panels in the die cut windows. I've since read here that this would have been a "promotional" copy (they had gotten me other stuff before, but never told me they were promotional items). Sadly, like most of my collection, it was stolen in the late 80's.
      • Davo-56's avatar
        Davo-56
        I've just picked up a copy on a white label. I've no idea if this is a new pressing but the sound is very clear. All I can make out on the matrix is ISLD 11 A, B, C, D.
        • Koizumicromo's avatar
          Koizumicromo
          A beautiful pressing which captures the exhilarating live shows. This is an absolute must in any collection.
          • Rosenberg's avatar
            Rosenberg
            I am not devastated by live recordings, but this one is really an exception. Just an excellent live recording and you can feel the energy of the crowd on all sides from start to finish. Recorded live in Paris, Copenhagen, London & Amsterdam (1978). A gem to have and certainly historically a record that you simply must have as a Bob Marley fan! ❤️

            Issued in a oversized sleeve with two colourful cardboard liners printed with artwork, photos and credits + poster.

            Source Wiki:
            Babylon by Bus is a live album released by Bob Marley and the Wailers in 1978. The tracks on this album are considered, with two exceptions, to be from the Pavillon de Paris concerts over 3 nights, 25–27 June 1978, during the Kaya Tour, though there are discrepancies in the track listing.[1]

            Like the 1973 album Catch a Fire, the first release had something of a novelty cover. The windows of the bus on the front cover were cut out, revealing part of the inner sleeve. As this was a double album, the listener had a choice of four different scenes to view through the windows.

            • ewe2's avatar
              ewe2
              One of the great live albums of all time regardless of context. That it was curated from several different performances speaks to the intent that every track makes a contribution. There's such a vibe from the start, you can feel the energy from the crowd and the response from the band in kind. The sound is atmospheric and thankfully not too compressed so the dynamics flow as they wish. It really is a great listening experience in the headphones as much as the speakers. As a reggae record it has few peers: a high point for the Wailers as a performing band, a triumph for Marley as a star, and I've no doubt it has been influential on many reggae performers since.
              • reggaej's avatar
                reggaej
                i bought the 1st pressing of the lp set in nyc NEW & SEALED as soon as it came out in 1978, i did not get a poster in mine. this is news to mean about a poster in it.
                • andysteele's avatar
                  andysteele
                  This is probably the best live album that I own. Wonderful !
                  • knottydreadbr's avatar
                    Best BMW's live album and one of best Reggae live albums I own! I love love love it! Best of the best ones! A real live session!
                    • dlgale1974's avatar
                      dlgale1974
                      Easily the better of the two official live albums, this is a compilation of songs from various sets. The live renditions offer much more than just live performances of the album tracks. The band really get a chance to stretch out a little so there's more of a feel of a jam session on most of the tunes ("Is This Love" is twice as long as the album version). Al Anderson's guitar has never sounded better, the keyboards have never been as psychedelic, the bass has never sounded as free, and the overall sound quality is great. If there's such a thing as an essential live reggae album, then this is it.

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