Bob Marley, The Legend, Live in Santa Barbara: Watch the Complete 1979 Concert

In the fall of 1979 Bob Mar­ley and his band, the Wail­ers, went on tour to pro­mote their album, Sur­vival. It turned out to be the sec­ond-to-last tour for the reg­gae star, who had been diag­nosed two years ear­li­er with can­cer. But in late 1979 Mar­ley appeared to be in excel­lent form. Lucky for us, a cam­era crew was there to record one of his shows.

The film above was shot at the San­ta Bar­bara Coun­ty Bowl in Cal­i­for­nia on Novem­ber 25, 1979, just 16 months before Mar­ley’s untime­ly death at the age of 36. It was released on DVD in 2003 as Bob Mar­ley: The Leg­end Live. The Wail­ers were in their sec­ond incar­na­tion in 1979, and had become lit­tle more than a back­up band after the depar­ture in 1974 of core mem­bers Peter Tosh and Bun­ny Wail­er.

The line­up in the film includes Mar­ley on rhythm gui­tar and vocals, broth­ers Aston and Carl­ton Bar­rett on bass and drums, Junior Mar­vin and Al Ander­son on lead gui­tar, Tyrone Down­ie and Earl “Wya” Lin­do on key­boards, Devon Evans and Alvin “Seeco” Pat­ter­son on per­cus­sion, Glen DaCos­ta on sax­o­phone, Dave Mad­den on trum­pet and the “I Threes” (Judy Mowatt, Mar­cia Grif­fiths and Mar­ley’s wife Rita) on back­ing vocals.

The film is essen­tial­ly a record of the com­plete San­ta Bar­bara con­cert, but the order of the songs has been re-arranged. Here’s the set list as it appears in the film:

  1. Pos­i­tive Vibra­tion
  2. Wake Up and Live
  3. I Shot the Sher­iff
  4. Ambush in the Night
  5. Con­crete Jun­gle
  6. Run­ning Away
  7. Crazy Bald­head
  8. Them Bel­ly Full (But We Hun­gry)
  9. The Hea­then
  10. Ride Nat­ty Ride
  11. Africa Unite
  12. One Drop
  13. Exo­dus
  14. So Much Things to Say
  15. Zim­bab­we
  16. Jam­ming
  17. Is This Love
  18. Kinky Reg­gae
  19. Stir It Up
  20. Get Up, Stand Up

Bob Mar­ley: The Leg­end Live is not the last film ever made of a Mar­ley con­cert, as some have claimed, but it is an excel­lent record from the late peri­od of the man who put reg­gae on the glob­al music map.

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