Julian "Junior" Marvin (not to be confused with famed Black Ark vocalist Junior Murvin) replaced Al Anderson as guitarist for Bob Marley & the Wailers in early 1977. This was a traumatic time for the band: Marley had recently been shot, and the group decamped for London, where they quickly began the recording sessions that would result in the release of Exodus a few months later. Marvin was featured on the live Babylon by Bus album that was recorded while the Wailers toured in support of Exodus, as well as on the studio albums Kaya, Survival, and Uprising, the last of which would prove to be Bob Marley's final studio recording; he died in 1981. However, members of the Wailers continued to record and tour as the Wailers Band in the late '80s and 1990s, and Marvin played an important role in that project; he served as both guitarist and producer or co-producer (with bass player Aston "Family Man" Barrett) on the studio albums I.D., Majestic Warriors, and Jah Message, and is also featured on a live compilation titled Live 95-97 My Friends. During this period he also contributed guitar parts on such celebrated reggae releases as Burning Spear's Fittest of the Fittest, Alpha Blondy's Jerusalem, and Joe Higgs' Blackman Know Yourself. In 1997 Marvin left the Wailers Band and relocated to Brazil, where he formed a short-lived group called Batuka. Following his return to Jamaica he continued working as a session player, while rumors continuously swirled throughout the international reggae community about upcoming solo projects.
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