Bob Marley & the Wailers


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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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Kaya 1978 Tuff Gong / PolyGram 0:00
No Image 1983
Various Artists
Image Entertainment
No Image 1983
Various Artists
Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers 1984 Island / Tuff Gong 3:31
Jammin' Rap 1989
Various Artists
Mango 3:09
Africa 1996 Japanese Import 5:02
One Love: The Very Best Of 2001 Universal International 3:35
Music of the Millennium, Vol. 2 [Virgin Import] 2001
Various Artists
Virgin 3:28
Exodus/Survival/Confrontation 2003 Universal International 5:55
Africa Unite: The Singles Collection 2005 Universal 3:31
Island Life: 50 Years of Island Records 2009
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:35
B Is for Bob 2009 Island / Tuff Gong 4:27
In Dub, Vol. 1 2010 Island / Tuff Gong 3:06
Rarities Edition: Legend 2010 Island / Tuff Gong 5:35
Live Forever: The Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh 2011 Island / Tuff Gong 4:31
Legend Remixed 2013 Island / Tuff Gong 4:53
Valerian & the City of a Thousand Planets [Original Score & Soundtrack] 2017 Europa Corp 3:18
Jamming Tuff Gong / Universal 6:24
Reggae: From the MusicVaultz
Various Artists
Universal 4:54