In celebration of the anniversary of Bob Marley & The Wailers’ classic 1978 release “Kaya,” Universal Music Enterprises has released “Kaya: 35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” (Island/Tuff Gong/UMe), an expanded, double-CD collection featuring 24 remastered tracks.
In addition to the original 10-song release is the B-side “Smile Jamaica,” while the second disc features the previously unreleased concert “Live at Ahoy Hallen,” which was recorded in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on July 7, 1978.
Packaged with the original artwork, “Kaya: 35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” comes with a 23-page booklet that includes lyrics, rare photos and extensive liner notes.
In a departure from the reggae legend’s more political stance, “Kaya” adopted an easy-listening approach, focusing on the pursuit of inner peace, love and romance.
As Marley said, “When you expose a situation, you don’t need to expose it again. It’s exposed already. To sing about suffering all the time is not a deep thing. We want our people to live good. We don’t want to encourage suffering. We want our people to live the way they want to live. We have to stop the suffering.”
The bonus non-LP track “Smile Jamaica” was originally released as the B-side to “Satisfy My Soul” and was written for the people of Jamaica after the assassination attempt on Marley at the Smile Jamaica unity concert in 1976.
Disc two had originally been planned to be released with the “Babylon by Bus” album but ultimately was never released. It includes some of the reggae icon’s best loved songs such as “Concrete Jungle,” “No Woman No Cry,” “War/No More Trouble,” “Jamming,” “I Shot The Sheriff,” “Get Up, Stand Up,” and the closing track “Exodus”.
A 35th Anniversary reissue of “Kaya” on vinyl will be available on April 30 and will feature the “Smile Jamaica” single for the first time in this medium.