Babylon by Bus is probably the most well-known and influential live reggae album.  Unlike Kaya, Babylon By Bus’ is aggressive – very aggressive, in fact.  The tunes are played with a passion, fervor, and speed that reminds me of The Wailers earlier performances at Sundown, Edmonton and Leeds Polytechnic.  On “Punky Reggae Party” Tyrone Downie goes progressive funk, expertly placing the percussive clavinet notes so that they vibe perfectly with Family Man’s bassline to create a sound and vibe that is more Parliament/Funkadelic than Bob Marley and the Wailers.

I believe “Punky Reggae Party” was recorded live in Paris, France, 1977.


Amazing album, especially if you are new to Bob Marley and the Wailers.  Here is the original poster album insert, which I still have in near mint condition.