Confrontation (Bob Marley & The Wailers album)

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Confrontation
Studio album by Bob Marley & the Wailers
Released May 23, 1983
Recorded April–May 1982, Tuff Gong Studios, Kingston, Jamaica
Genre Roots reggae
Length 37:47
Label Tuff Gong/Island
Producer Bob Marley & the Wailers and Errol Brown, Rita Marley (executive producer)
Bob Marley & the Wailers chronology
Uprising
(1980)
Confrontation
(1983)
Legend
(1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars link

Confrontation is a Roots reggae album by Bob Marley & the Wailers, released posthumously in May 1983, two years after Marley's death. The songs on this album were compiled from unreleased material and singles recorded during Marley's lifetime. Many of the tracks were built up from demos, most notably Jump Nyabinghi where vocals from the I-Threes were added, which were not there when Marley released the song as a dubplate in 1979. In addition the harmony vocals on Blackman Redemption and Rastaman Live Up are performed by the I-Threes in order to give the album a consistent sound – on the original single versions they are performed by The Meditations. The most famous track on the album is "Buffalo Soldier." Marley expressed the wish that "I Know" would be released as a single after his death, which Island Records obliged.

Inside the album sleeve is an artist's depiction of the Battle of Adowa where Ethiopian forces defeated Italy in 1896. The cover of Confrontation is a reference to the story of St. George and the Dragon. The dragon on the cover represents Babylon, which is being slain by Bob Marley via his music.

Track listing[edit]

Original album (1983)[edit]

All songs written and composed by Bob Marley, except where stated. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Chant Down Babylon"   2:36
2. "Buffalo Soldier" (Bob Marley, N.G. Williams) 4:17
3. "Jump Nyabinghi"   3:44
4. "Mix Up, Mix Up"   5:02
5. "Give Thanks & Praises"   3:16
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Blackman Redemption"   3:33
7. "Trench Town"   3:12
8. "Stiff Necked Fools"   3:25
9. "I Know"   3:21
10. "Rastaman Live Up!" (Bob Marley, Lee "Scratch" Perry) 5:26

The Definitive Remastered edition (2001)[edit]

All songs written and composed by Bob Marley, except where stated. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Chant Down Babylon"   2:36
2. "Buffalo Soldier" (Bob Marley, N.G. Williams) 4:17
3. "Jump Nyabinghi"   3:44
4. "Mix Up, Mix Up"   5:02
5. "Give Thanks & Praises"   3:16
6. "Blackman Redemption"   3:33
7. "Trench Town"   3:12
8. "Stiff Necked Fools"   3:25
9. "I Know"   3:21
10. "Rastaman Live Up!" (Bob Marley, Lee "Scratch" Perry) 5:26
11. "Buffalo Soldier" (12-inch mix) 7:37
Stiff Necked Fools audio sample

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