Exodus by Bob Marley & The Wailers (1977)
Favorite Tracks: "Natural Mystic" and "Exodus" and "Jamming" and "Waiting in Vain" and "Turn Your Lights Down Low" and "Three Little Birds" and "One Love/People Get Ready"
Thoughts: I believe this is our 3rd Marley album, after Burnin' at #315 and Natty Dread at #180. Exodus was recorded in London after a failed assassination attempt on Bob's life, which lead to his leaving Jamaica.
This album is considered by many to be the record that launched Bob's international stardom. I found the record listing to be extraordinary in that all the big hits are on one side of the album, side B:
1. "Natural Mystic"
2. "So Much Things to Say"
4. "The Heathen"
7. "Waiting in Vain"
8. "Turn Your Lights Down Low"
9. "Three Little Birds"
10."One Love/People Get Ready"
It's a bit strange, right? Usually the hits are more mixed up around the album. (I mean, I know "Exodus" is also a hit, but it's even at the end of side A, closest to side B!) Track #9, if you'll remember, is one of my desert island discs.
Also, the "Waiting in Vain" cover by Annie Lennox is one of my favorites.
Is This Better Than Every Picture Tells a Story?: I would say as good.