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Year-long Celebration of Bob Marley’s 70th birthday Will Include Releases of Rare Concert Footage & Music From Family’s Vaults & Private Collections

Year-long Celebration of Bob Marley's 70th birthday Will Include Releases of Rare Concert Footage & Music From Family's Vaults & Private Collections

Bob Marley’s 70th birthday year (2015) will include a variety of releases and events to commemorate the legend, his work and iconic impact. Over the course of the year, his legacy will be remembered by new releases of rare and unreleased material, as well as fan favorite deluxe editions of his most memorable work. 

The first release will be available on February 17. “Bob Marley & The Wailers – Easy Skanking in Boston ’78” features 2 historic live shows from Boston’s Music Hall, June 8, 1978. This new and unreleased performance is from the Marley family giving unprecedented access, for the first time, to their personal material, from their private collections and their vaults. 

The unreleased performances will be available on a blu-ray/cd combo pack, as well as dvd/cd pack, and standalone cd versions. Additional newly created animated material will also be a part of this release, marking the first time the family has incorporated this technology into any official Marley releases.

The video footage was shot with a hand-held camera by a fan that Marley allowed to sit right in front of the stage. The result is remarkable imagery that captures Marley from just a few feet away, allowing one to experience the intimacy of his set. While the cinematographer was shooting with film and forced to change rolls of tape, the gaps in the live footage have been augmented with specially created animation over the existing audio. The animation video elements were produced and created by the animation team of S77, whose credits include recent projects for Bruno Mars, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disney, ESPN and many others. 

The 46-minute video includes seven of the 13 songs in the full set.

Highlights of the performance include a lively “Jammin’” and “The Heathen,” a song Marley and the band didn’t perform during the second set. 

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