Survival (Bob Marley & The Wailers album)

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Survival
Survival Album.jpeg
Studio album by Bob Marley and The Wailers
Released 2 October 1979
Recorded January–February 1979
Studio Tuff Gong Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamaica
Genre Reggae
Length 38:02 (original)
44:25 (2001 remastered)
Label Island/Tuff Gong
Producer Bob Marley & The Wailers, Alex Sadkin
Bob Marley and The Wailers chronology
Babylon by Bus
(1978)Babylon by Bus1978
Survival
(1979)
Uprising
(1980)Uprising1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Smash Hits5/10[2]
A sample of Zimbabwe.

Survival is a reggae album by Bob Marley & The Wailers released in 1979.

Survival is an album with an outwardly militant theme. Some critics speculate that this was due in part to criticism Marley received for the laid-back, ganja-soaked atmosphere of his previous release, "Kaya", which seemed to sidetrack the urgency of his message.[3] In the song "Africa Unite", Marley proclaims Pan-African solidarity. The song "Zimbabwe" is a hymn dedicated to later-independent Rhodesia. The song was performed at Zimbabwe's Independence Celebration in 1980, just after the official declaration of Zimbabwe's independence.

Survival was originally to be called Black Survival to underscore the urgency of African unity, but the name was shortened to prevent misinterpretations of the album's theme.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Original Tuff Gong LP[edit]

All tracks written by Bob Marley, except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."So Much Trouble in the World"4:00
2."Zimbabwe"3:51
3."Top Rankin'"3:10
4."Babylon System"4:21
5."Survival"3:53
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Africa Unite" 2:54
7."One Drop" 3:51
8."Ride Natty Ride" 3:50
9."Ambush in the Night" 3:12
10."Wake Up and Live"Bob Marley, Anthony Davis4:58

Original Island Records LP[edit]

All tracks written by Bob Marley, except where noted.

ILPS 9542 (1979)
Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Wake Up and Live"Bob Marley, Anthony Davis4:58
2."Africa Unite" 2:54
3."One Drop" 3:51
4."Ride Natty Ride" 3:50
5."Ambush in the Night" 3:12
Side two
No.TitleLength
6."So Much Trouble in the World"4:00
7."Zimbabwe"3:51
8."Top Rankin'"3:10
9."Babylon System"4:21
10."Survival"3:53

Tuff Gong cassette[edit]

All tracks written by Bob Marley, except where noted.

Jamaican pressing 7910 DP (circa 1984)
Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Wake Up and Live"Bob Marley, Anthony Davis4:58
2."One Drop" 3:51
3."Ride Natty Ride" 3:50
4."Ambush in the Night" 3:12
5."Top Rankin'" 3:10
Side two
No.TitleLength
6."Africa Unite"2:54
7."So Much Trouble in the World"4:00
8."Zimbabwe"3:51
9."Babylon System"4:21
10."Survival"3:53

Island Records LP re-issue[edit]

All tracks written by Bob Marley, except where noted. Issued by Island Records with a Tuff Gong disc label. Track list revised, all tracks on side A move to side B and vice versa..

ILPS 9542 (i) or ILPM 9542 (1986)
Side one
No.TitleLength
1."So Much Trouble In The World" (Bob Marley)4:00
2."Zimbabwe"3:50
3."Top Rankin'"3:10
4."Babylon System"4:36
5."Survival"4:00
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Africa Unite" 2:50
7."One Drop" 3:50
8."Ride Natty Ride" 3:50
9."Ambush In The Night" 3:10
10."Wake Up And Live"Bob Marley, Anthony Davis5:10

The Definitive Remastered edition (2001)[edit]

All tracks written by Bob Marley, except where noted.

Current CD Version
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."So Much Trouble in the World" 4:00
2."Zimbabwe" 3:51
3."Top Rankin'" 3:10
4."Babylon System" 4:21
5."Survival" 3:53
6."Africa Unite" 2:54
7."One Drop" 3:51
8."Ride Natty Ride" 3:50
9."Ambush in the Night" 3:12
10."Wake Up and Live"Bob Marley, Anthony Davis4:58
11."Ride Natty Ride" (12-inch mix) 6:23
Total length:44:25

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers – Bob Marley & The Wailers, Alex Sadkin
  • Mastering – Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NYC

Front cover[edit]

The album's front cover depicts 48 African flags, 15 of which (in italics) are now obsolete, as well as the flag of Papua New Guinea:

 Kenya  Angola  Côte d'Ivoire  Ethiopia[a]  Chad  Egypt  Ghana
 Senegal  Sierra Leone  Cameroon  Tunisia  Niger  Nigeria  Guinea
 Gambia  Somalia  Upper Volta[b]  Zaire[c]  Guinea-Bissau  Liberia  Swaziland
 Madagascar  Togo  Mozambique  Central African Republic Zimbabwe (ZAPU)  Seychelles  Zambia
 Lesotho  Uganda  Algeria  Mali  Sudan  Botswana  Morocco
 P.R. Congo[d]  Tanzania[e]  Burundi Zimbabwe (ZANU)  Mauritius  Mauritania  Gabon
 Benin  Equatorial Guinea  Papua New Guinea  Malawi  São Tomé and Príncipe  Djibouti  Rwanda
  1. ^ Now the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
  2. ^ Now Burkina Faso.
  3. ^ Now the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  4. ^ Now the Republic of the Congo.
  5. ^ The flag is shown upside-down on the front cover.

Four states already sovereign by the time of the album's release didn't have their flags featured in its cover art: Cape Verde, Comoros, Libya and South Africa (which was under apartheid at the time).

Three states only came to sovereignty after the album's release and thus didn't have their flags included: Eritrea, South Sudan and Namibia.

The album's title appears in white (City typeface) with the Brookes slave ship engraving in the background.

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[5] N/A 487,400 [6]*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[7] Platinum 100,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay. "Review: Survival Bonus Track". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 July 2009. 
  2. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (November 1–14, 1979): 29. 
  3. ^ a b Tribute to Bob Marley The Daily Star.
  4. ^ Roger Steffens and Leroy Pierson, Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Definitive Discography (Cambridge, MA: Rounder, 2005)
  5. ^ "French album certifications – BM – Survival" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  6. ^ https://www.infodisc.fr/Ventes_Albums_Tout_Temps.php?debut=550
  7. ^ "Spanish album certifications – Bob Marley – Survival" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España.  Select album under "Chart", enter 1980 in the field "Year". Select '' in the field "Semana". Click on "Search Charts"
  8. ^ Sólo Éxitos 1959–2002 Año A Año: Certificados 1979–1990 (in Spanish), Iberautor Promociones Culturales, ISBN 8480486392, retrieved 25 April 2018