Bob Marley & The Wailers
Reggae Sunsplash II
July 7th, 1979
Reggae Sunsplash was a Jamaican original concert festival. It attracted people from all of the globe to enjoy multiple days/nights of reggae music. Bob Marley’s performance was priceless/epic/amazing/historic a true one of a kind performance. It was his only appearance at Reggae Sunsplash and thankfully this epic set with all Bob’s energy and passion was captured on video and here the complete rare audio recording. This show featured the only
time live versions of “Hypocrites”, “Blackman Redemption”, “Rastaman Live Up”, and also played
for the first time live “Ambush in the Night”. This how also features a Rare live “Who The Cap Fits” . Below is a brief history of Reggae Sunsplash and audio links. You can also check the complete Tribute page here which features more pictures from the show.
Disc 1 – 41:17
1. Intro > Positive Vibration – 5:29
2. Heathen – 4:47
3. Them Belly Full – 4:14
4. Rebel Music – 5:07
5. War – 2:57
6. No More Trouble – 1:40
7. Running Away – 4:11
8. Crazy Baldhead – 3:54
9. Who The Cap Fit – 5:10
10. Hypocrites – 3:46
Disc 2 – 50:42
1.Blackman Redemption – 3:33
2. Rastaman Live Up (cuts) – 1:22
3. No Woman No Cry – 6:46
4. Lively Up Yourself – 6:57
5. Jammin’ – 6:05
6. Encore – Natural Mystic – 7:26
7. Ambush in the Night – 5:37
8. Get Up Stand Up – 6:07
9. Exodus – 6:45
From the Soundboard with Interviews
History of Reggae Sunsplash from Wiki
The Reggae Sunsplash festival was the brainchild of four Jamaicans – Tony Johnson, Don Green, Ronnie Burke and John Wakeling. The four founding directors created a company called Synergy Productions Ltd, which was responsible for promoting and producing the Reggae Sunsplash festival.
The first Reggae Sunsplash festival was staged at Jarrett Park, Montego Bay, Jamaica in June 1978 and began at dusk and continued until dawn for seven days. It was billed as the “biggest Reggae festival in the history of the world”. The festival introduced the concept of music and travel as a boost to tourism in Jamaica. Prior to the staging of Reggae Sunsplash, the hotels in Jamaica were traditionally closed during the summer period.The four founding partners staged the festival each year for a number of years and successfully created an annual summer tourist season in Jamaica. The success of Reggae Sunsplash led to a wave of annual music festivals in Jamaica and the Caribbean islands. The festivals popularity led to a shortage of hotel rooms and a tradition of camping out on local beaches.
From 1981 the festivals were filmed and recorded, with several videos and albums released, the first being Reggae Sunsplash ’81: Tribute to Bob Marley, released by Elektra Records. From 1987 the festival included a sound clash event, with finalists from a national sound system competition competing as a precursor to the rest of the festival. The festival also expanded to include an ‘oldies night’ featuring stars from past eras of Jamaican music. For many years the festival was emcee’s by Tommy Cowan.
In 1984 the Reggae Sunsplash festival also expanded into international events with a one day festival staged at the Crystal Palace in London, England. In 1985 the Reggae Sunsplash World tour was launched in the USA and Japan and subsequent years saw the Reggae Sunsplash festival touring extensively throughout North America, Europe, South America and the Far East. 1991 saw the introduction of a ‘Caribbean Night’ featuring other Caribbean music such as soca, and the following year the festival’s scope increased further with the addition of a ‘World Beat Night’.
While the festival had become hugely popular, opening new global tourist niche markets to Jamaica and attracting millions of dollars of foreign exchange into the country, it had not been a financial success, largely due to the lack of sponsorship or government support. In 1995 the Chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board operating through a company called Radobar Holdings Ltd offered financial assistance in exchange for equity in Synergy Productions, the founders of Reggae Sunsplash. This initial offer was never consummated and in a disputed claim Radobar Holdings announced the formation of a company called Reggae Sunsplash International in Jamaica and proceeded with the hostile take over of the Reggae Sunsplash festival. The first attempt at staging Reggae Sunsplash without the original owners Synergy Productions in 1996 was a financial disaster for the new claimants. In 1997 the Reggae Sunsplash festival was postponed until 1998 when it was timed to coincide with celebrations of the birth of Bob Marley but more losses were incurred. More futile attempts at recapturing the original spirit of the Reggae Sunsplash festival were never replicated by the Radobar group.
The festival was re-established by the Johnson family in 2006, but it was not successful. The international touring festival, however, has continued.
Two of the founding directors, John Wakeling and Tony Johnson died and with the passing of Tony Johnson a number of individuals have tried to claim the rights to the festival unsuccessfully and all have failed to recapture the spirit of the legendary Reggae Sunsplash. Don Green and Ronnie Burke are the two remaining Reggae Sunsplash founders alive.
Dates and venues
1978: June 23-30, Jarrett Park, Montego Bay
1979: July 3-7, Jarrett Park, Montego Bay
1980: July 2-5, Ranny Williams Entertainment Center, Kingston
1981: August 4-8, Jarrett Park, Montego Bay
1982: August 3-7, Jarrett Park, Montego Bay
1983: June 28-July 2, Bob Marley Center, Montego Bay
1984: August 7-11, Jarrett Park, Montego Bay
1985: August 6-10, Jarrett Park, Montego Bay
1986: August 26-30: Jarrett Park, Montego Bay
1987: August 18-22, Bob Marley Center, Montego Bay
1988: August 15-22, Bob Marley Center, Montego Bay
1989: August 14-19, Bob Marley Center, Montego Bay
1990: July 16-21, Bob Marley Center, Montego Bay
1991: July 26-31, Bob Marley Center, Montego Bay
1992: August 3-8, Bob Marley Center, Montego Bay
1993: August 3-7, Jamworld, Portmore
1994: August 1-6: Jamworld, Portmore
1995: July 12-14, Dover, St. Ann
1996: August 1-4, Chukka Cove, St. Ann
1998: February 5-8, Reggae Park, St. Ann
2006: August 3-6, Richmond Estate, Priory, St. Ann