The Original Wailers

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The Original Wailers
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Background information
Origin Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Reggae
Years active 2008 – present
Labels Island Records, Atlantic Records, Tabu Records, RAS Records, MRG Recordings
Associated acts Bob Marley & the Wailers
Website The Original Wailers
Members Al Anderson
Chet Samuel
Rohan Reid
Howard Smith
Noel Aiken

The Original Wailers is a reggae group led by Al Anderson, best known for his extensive work with Bob Marley.


In 1974 when Bob Marley went solo, on the brink of international stardom, he surprised the music community by choosing as his lead guitarist the soft spoken, American-born Al Anderson. It was Anderson’s stunning lead work on such classics as No Woman, No Cry, Dem Belly Full and Curfew (Three O’ Clock Road Block) that first alerted rock fans to the Wailers’ music. Over a billion dollars worth of Marley’s music featuring Al Anderson’s evocative guitar work has been sold worldwide. Al has also played with the Peter Tosh, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, Steel Pulse, Aswad, Inner Circle, Traffic and Ben Harper.

Al Anderson is the sole member of the Wailers mid-1970s line-up in The Original Wailers.[1] The reformed configuration includes Chet Samuel (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Rohan Reid (Bass Guitar), Howard Smith (Drums) and Noel Aiken (Keyboards and Organ) that carry forward the true spirit and realities of the original music and the message of “One Love”.


Desi Hyson and Al Anderson performing at Raggamuffin Music Festival#2011
Erica Newell performing at Raggamuffin Music Festival#2011
Cover of the EP The Original Wailers: Miracle

Al Anderson’s main ambition is to promote The Original Wailers' new EP Miracle. Their live performances will include songs from this EP as well as classics of the past including songs from Legend. Four songs from the album are penned by singer & keyboardist, Desi Hyson.[1] Backup-singer Erica Newell, formerly of the Melody Makers sings on the cover of "Our Day Will Come".[1]

Miracle is reminiscent to the words, sound and power of the original three: Peter Tosh, Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer.[1] The album was done live in real time, with no drum machines, to keep the spirit of the music original and alive. As Al has stated, "When we got together in 1974 at the National Arena in Jamaica, it made an impact on my life musically to date and being part of those three original Wailers left me the standard of their musical genius."


Miracle EP (2012)[edit]

MRG Recordings released The Original Wailers debut EP Miracle on April 10, 2012.[2] Miracle was nominated for Best Reggae Album at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on December 5, 2012.[3]

No. Title Composer Length
1. "Blackbird"   Desmond Hyson 3:32
2. "Justice"   Desmond Hyson 3:43
3. "Love Supposed To Do"   Desmond Hyson 4:18
4. "Dangerous"   Desmond Hyson 4:04
5. "Our Day Will Come"   Mort Garson, Bob Hilliard 2:54



  1. ^ a b c d "Magazine". Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "The Official Site of Music's Biggest Night". Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  4. ^ [2][dead link]

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