Thursday, June 14, 2007


Bob Marley's masterpiece Exodus celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer, and will be commemorated with the release of an exclusive new version of the album. Starting today, limited edition copies of the recording will be available on USB Memory Stick via Bob Marley's official website. The event marks the very first artist-specific album to be released using this groundbreaking format.

Described by Time Magazine as "the best album of the 20th century," Exodus catches Marley at the height one of his most introspective, rebellious and creative periods, and it will now continue to make history by offering an alternative way for fans to purchase music, introducing them to the exciting technology available in today's music marketplace. In addition to the launch of this new format, the multi-layered promotion will also include a variety of added value and content to be released via Bob Marley's official site.

4000 limited edition reusable USB Memory Sticks feature not only the 10 original songs on Exodus but also audio and video content, including three video tracks recorded at London's Rainbow Theatre in June 1977. Fans that join the Bob Marley Passport Fan Club will receive the Exodus USB and also receive an exclusive carrying case, a 10% discount at the Bob Marley shop on the site, as well as a quarterly newsletter. Passport members will also have access to rare Bob Marley audio, video, and photos, as well as future digital media.

Also available June 4th, a variety of new and unique Bob Marley music and memorabilia never officially available before will be accessible for purchase to all Bob Marley site visitors:

-- EXODUS 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION CD -- Featuring the 10 tracks on the
original release and now reissued as a special 30th Anniversary Edition
packaged -- for the first time - in a quality 'hardback' case.

-- DELUXE CD/ DVD- Limited to just 5000 copies, this version features not
only the album but also a separate DVD with 12 tracks from Marley's
historic Rainbow concerts in the summer of 1977.

-- LP- The return of the original and legendary 10-track vinyl album, as
first released in June 1977.

-- EXODUS 30th ANNIVERSARY BOOK -- A new special edition 144-page hardback
book that is lavishly illustrated with many previously unpublished
pictures and includes contributions from such writers as the esteemed
commentator and critic Richard Williams, Lloyd Bradley (author of the
acclaimed Bass Culture), Vivien Goldman, Robert Christgau, Neil Spencer
and the celebrated poet Linton Kwesi Johnson. The book, which features
over 200 images, is introduced by Chris Blackwell, the founder of
Island Records.

-- Exodus T-shirt based on the original tour T-shirt

Released in 1977, Marley recorded the Exodus album in exile. Having escaped an assassination attempt in Jamaica, he arrived in London during the first week of 1977 and set to work recording his fifth studio album. Exodus became the album that transformed Marley's career, a recording of extraordinary creative maturity, which resonated with audiences around the world. The album established Marley as the Third World's first superstar, a legacy that survives thirty years after the album's release

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