Away from the tension, turmoil, and turbulence of Jamaica, Bob Marley's spirits lifted, and the stain that licked around the edges of The Wailers's previous single "Smile Jamaica", began to dissipate. With "Jamming" it's as if after months of oppressive weather, the clouds suddenly lifted, allowing the sun to stream down on a grateful population.
Yet The Wailers seem nervous that the slightest misstep may break the spell. And so they delicately trace their way across this frothy number, the high-stepping rhythm as stealthy as a cat, Tyrone Downie's keyboards bubble away, while even the riffs seem to be cossetted in cotton. Marley's performance is a glory of muted jubilation, one can almost hear him smiling, while the I-Threes give gleeful, but gentle support.
Celebrating their music, their faith, and Marley's irrepressible optimism that unity was possible, "Jamming" was absolutely effervescent. In the UK, where it was twinned with "Punky Reggae Party", this single skipped its way straight into the Top Ten. The Exodus album on which it was included would follow it there in the new year.