Bob Marley and the Wailers’ hard-hitting 1979 album Survival will be reissued by Tuff Gong in a 40th anniversary, 180 gram clear vinyl edition on 22 November.
First released on 2 October 1979, Marley and the band’s 11th studio album was a notable change of musical direction for the reggae figurehead. The politically-charged set espoused themes of African unity, featuring all-new compositions by Marley with such titles as ‘Zimbabwe,’ ‘Africa Unite’ and the lead single ‘So Much Trouble In The World.’
Recorded early in 1979 at Tuff Gong Studios in Kingston, Jamaica, Survival arrived just over 18 months after the band’s previous album Kaya. It turned out to be the penultimate new studio work of Marley’s lifetime, followed in June 1980 by Uprising. The Survival set reached No. 20 in the UK, long one of the reggae ambassadors’ strongholds, and went gold in Canada and platinum in Spain.