Big news for Bob Marley fans – long lost live recordings of the reggae legend have resurfaced, forty years on from their original recording.  Thirteen reel-to-reel tapes were found in the basement of a run-down hotel in Kensal Rise, London.  Of the thirteen tapes found, ten have been painstakingly remastered using cutting edge contemporary technology, and the results form something of a treasure-trove for fans.

The tapes contain officially sanctioned, high quality recordings of various European shows played between 1974 and ’78.  The gigs were recorded on the UK’s only portable 24 tracking desk, loaned to Marley by The Rolling Stones.

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The recordings include a 1975 show at London’s Lyceum, ’76’ show at the Hammersmith Odeon and a 1978 gig at the Pavilion de Paris. Martin Nichols, the man in charge of remastering the tapes, said “[the tapes] were in appalling [condition]…  I wasn’t too hopeful.”  The 10 tapes were remastered over the period of a year, with the work costing £25,000.  The tapes suffered water damage in the hotel basement that housed them for decades, with one tape being too far gone to recover, and another two actually being blank.

There’s been no word yet on whether these live sets will see release but it seems likely that the public will get to hear at least some of them, given Marley’s enduring popularity and the considerable cost of remastering.

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