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The Wailers

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There are - at least - two artists by this name. A reggae band and a garage rock / r&b band.

1) Together with Bob Marley, the Wailers have sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide. In England alone, they’ve notched up over twenty chart hits, including seven Top 10 entries. Outside of their groundbreaking work with Marley, the Wailers have also played or performed with international acts like Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, and Alpha Blondy, as well as reggae legends such as Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and Burning Spear. As the greatest living exponents of Jamaica’s reggae tradition, the Wailers have completed innumerable other tours, playing to an estimated 24 million people across the globe. They have also been the first reggae band to tour new territories on many occasions, including Africa and the Far East.
Their nucleus formed in 1969, when Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, and Peter Tosh recruited the Barrett brothers - bassist Aston “Family Man” and drummer Carly - from Lee Perry’s Upsetters to play on hits such as Lively Up Yourself, Trenchtown Rock, Duppy Conqueror, and many more besides. Inspired by Rastafari and their ambitions of reaching an international audience, this is the line-up that pioneered roots rock reggae, and signed to Island Records in 1971. Bunny and Peter left two years later. It was at this point that the in-demand Barrett brothers - whose rhythms also underpinned innumerable seventies’ reggae hits by other acts - assumed the title of Wailers, and backed Marley on the group’s international breakthrough album, Natty Dread.

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  • markvonucci

    <3

    19 Sep 11:02pm Reply
  • damnchick

    💓

    16 Sep 3:36pm Reply
  • mot00rzysta

    @captainDread full on agreed with that

    2 Feb 8:49pm Reply
  • TheKingOfSorrow

    <3

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Billie_Jean_Is

    @Du_fromage So do I! Fabulous band indeed

    15 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Du_fromage

    fuck, I don't want the jamaican Wailers, I want The Fabulous Wailers!!

    17 Mar 2013 Reply
  • electricwookie

    To be fair, it's not a wholly retroactive practice. Lee Perry did it with Soul Rebels and Soul Revolution in the early 70s, pre-Island. I know Bunny and Peter weren't too happy with that, which is entirely reasonable.

    20 Dec 2012 Reply
  • captainDread

    I'm not really mad about it. I just dislike renaming bands retroactively for various reasons. I feel it diminishes Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer's key involvement in the original setup. Also, it's revisionist so you're rewriting a part of history that may be lost or in danger thereof. The Wailers existed for a decade before their breakup so renaming puts everything under the umbrella of Bob Marley (the brand). It's comparable to attributing all Jackson 5 albums to "Michael Jackson and the Jackson 4". And yeah, labels are here to make money. But commercialising Bob by turning him into a brand that can be slapped on sneakers I daresay you strangle the revolutionary, religious, empowering, and emancipatory aspects of his (and by implication the early Wailers albums his name is now slapped on too) music.

    16 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Fantria

    it is smart for a record label to label everything "bob marley" they are in the business of MAKING MONEY...how can u be mad at that? they are not in the business of making music...artists are. and to label everything bob marley also brings the wailers more exposure many ppl know bob....fewer know the wailers...so in essence...the wailers gain fans from this as well....everyone wins....the "business" side makes more money...the music doesn't change and the fanbase grows as some familiar with bob...are now enlightened to what the wailers brought to the table....why u gotta hate?

    20 Nov 2012 Reply
  • danielbonza

    Blog para fans de Bob y los Wailers http://bmatw.tumblr.com/

    9 Oct 2012 Reply
  • captainDread

    Anything that came out before Natty Dread should be labeled The Wailers, He didn't start recording under the name Bob Marley and the Wailers till Peter and Bunny left the group. [4] Agreed, trouble is that Island Records, the Marley Estate, and every other label and its grandmother want to capitalize by slapping 'Bob Marley' on every release Bob was near. Because shoes and coffee mugs simply don't cut it.

    23 Sep 2012 Reply
  • aswan

    both wailers ftw [3] AAAAND there should be 2 different entries [2]

    20 Aug 2012 Reply
  • RRRRRicardo

    But it's confusing, The Soul Revolution LP have Bob Marley & The Wailers on the cover..

    12 Mar 2012 Reply
  • RRRRRicardo

    Anything that came out before Natty Dread should be labeled The Wailers, He didn't start recording under the name Bob Marley and the Wailers till Peter and Bunny left the group. [3] Oh and, the tag Bob Marley shouldn't be used at al, it's The Wailers and later it was Bob Marley & The Wailers.

    12 Mar 2012 Reply
  • ras_peece

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Movimento-Rasta/220521641377088 Page Rasta '-'

    18 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Broryt

    Meh lost the opportunity to see them

    2 Feb 2012 Reply
  • jorgefuzzo

    both wailers ftw [2] AAAAND there should be 2 different entries.

    9 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Cazweigun

    Anything that came out before Natty Dread should be labeled The Wailers, He didn't start recording under the name Bob Marley and the Wailers till Peter and Bunny left the group. [3]

    4 Dec 2011 Reply
  • RevolverKid01

    Anything that came out before Natty Dread should be labeled The Wailers, He didn't start recording under the name Bob Marley and the Wailers till Peter and Bunny left the group. [2]

    3 Dec 2011 Reply
  • podgethebastard

    the band deserve more recognition

    13 Nov 2011 Reply
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