Babylon by Bus

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Babylon by Bus
Live album by
Released10 November 1978 (1978-11-10)
Recorded25–27 June 1978 (Paris)
1975, 1976 (London)
LabelTuff Gong/Island
ProducerBob Marley & The Wailers, Chris Blackwell and Jack Nuber
Bob Marley and the Wailers chronology
Babylon by Bus
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars link
Christgau's Record GuideB–[1]
Rolling Stone(not rated) link

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.[2]

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.

Set list[edit]

"Heathen", "Lively Up Yourself" and "Concrete Jungle" were not as common as the rest of the album on the tour, with 2 of the 3 more than likely played on any given night, but not always, and were only ever all played on the same night twice: at the Pinecrest Country Club in Shelton, Connecticut, 14 June and the Music Inn in Lenox, Massachusetts 18 June, which was one of the longest shows ever played by the band with 22 songs, but none were played at the Paris concerts. "Rebel Music", "Positive Vibration", "Jamming", "Exodus", "War / No More Trouble" and "Punky Reggae Party" were nearly always played at some point of each concert, though were mixed up some times with other songs like "Get Up, Stand Up", usually played with "Punky Reggae Party", which isn't on this album though was also played most nights. The song "Is This Love" was also not common on this tour, though was played in Paris. The track "Kinky Reggae" wasn't played on the Kaya tour and in fact hadn't been played since the 1976 Rastaman Vibration tour, so it's unclear which concert this version is from.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Original album (1978)[edit]

Side one
1."Positive Vibration"Vincent Ford5:50
2."Punky Reggae Party"Bob Marley, Lee Perry5:51
Side two
4."Stir It Up"Marley5:17
5."Rat Race"Rita Marley3:41
6."Concrete Jungle"Marley5:37
7."Kinky Reggae"Marley4:46
Side three
8."Lively Up Yourself"Marley6:18
9."Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock)"Aston Barrett, Hugh Peart5:20
10."War / No More Trouble"Allen Cole, Carlton Barrett, Marley5:28
Side four
11."Is This Love"Marley7:27
12."The Heathen"Marley4:29

The Definitive Remasters edition (2001)[edit]





Region Certification Certified units/sales
France (SNEP)[4] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[5] Gold 250,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[6] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[7] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: M". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 4 March 2019 – via
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ Album liner notes
  4. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973: Albums". Retrieved 28 June 2019. (select "Bob Marley & the Wailers" from drop-down list)
  5. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Bob Marley and the Wailers; 'Babylon by bus')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  6. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Bob Marley and the Wailers – Babylon by bus" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Enter Babylon by bus in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  7. ^ "British album certifications – Bob Marley and the Wailers – Babylon by bus". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Babylon by bus in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.