Today I share with you nearly flawless audio from the Deeside Leisure Center show on July 12, 1980. This is a soundboard recording that has been circulating for some time, however, it has recently been upgraded. The original audio file contains five songs by the I-Threes, which are not included here.
I have included a review of the show from the Chester Chronicle July 1980. The concert review was obtained from www.wailers.co.uk, a great Bob Marley and the Wailers archive site.
Chester Chronicle, July 1980
If there’s one thing that stands out about a Bob Marley concert, it’s the vast repertoire of top material that he and his band can produce.
Although there were a couple of songs that failed to raise the roof at the Deeside Leisure Centre during Marley’s recent performance, the audience were kept cheering, clapping and chanting for 90 per cent of the time as one Marley standard after another boomed from the stage.
The concert which drew a vast crowd of around 4, 500 people, opened with Marley’s band Tuff Gong Uprising backing the I Three’s, Marley’s own backing singers. Though they received loud applause, it was nothing to compare with the roar that greeted the man himself, dreadlocks flying, pinned by a white spotlight.
The set opened with Natural Mystic, instantly recognizable, before Marley went on to play some of his lesser-known stuff. For the first hour or so, things went well enough, but then came the opening chords of Jammin’, and the whole place nearly took off. The concert simply lifted to a different plane. And that was followed by Exodus.
At this point, rather aptly, the band and Marley simply got up and walked off-stage. No had the slightest intention of letting them go, and 4, 500 voices shouting for more put the message across (as if Marley wasn’t intending to come back anyway).
The second part of the set included classics like Natty Dread, No Woman No Cry, I Shot The Sheriff, all played with little or no chat in between.
The music was tight without being strictly bound to the album originals, proving if nothing else that Marley is a professional and that his musicians are men of imagination and flexibility, unlike some bands who use tours simple to put across, note for note, the stuff they put on the albums they want to promote.
Last number was a loose version of Get Up Stand Up with the obligatory singalong in the middle of it. Then it was spots off, house light on.
A.F. Chester Chronicle, July 1980.
1. “Marley Chant”
2. “Natural Mystic”
3. “Positive Vibration”
5. “I Shot The Sheriff”
6. “War” “No More Trouble”
8. “Zion Train”
9. “No Woman, No Cry“
12. “Redemption Song“
13. “Coming In From The Cold”
14. “Natty Dread”
16. “Could You Be Loved?”
I was there it was great got to go back stage after concert the man is king still no one can make the world listen like him
I was there too carol. One of the best and most memorable nights of my life
I was there too, still got my programme and ticket. The most important gig ive ever been to!
Would you be willing to scan the program pages and ticket so we can include here?