Bob Marley and The Wailers - Rastaman Vibration

 (33-1/3 RPM 200 Gram Clarity Vinyl + Booklet)


Analogue Productions



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Bob Marley & The Wailers' Rastaman Vibration

Analogue Productions' UHQR, the pinnacle of high-quality vinyl!

33 1/3 RPM Ultra High Quality Record release limited to 3,500 copies

Mastered from the original tapes by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound

Pressed at Quality Record Pressings using Clarity Vinyl®

Includes "12 x 12" 8-page booklet featuring new liner notes by musician and Marley biographer Leroy Jodie Pierson (APO Records Direct-To-Disc AAPO 005), plus exclusive photos by Kim-Gottlieb Walker

Purest possible pressing and most visually stunning presentation and packaging!

"This limited to 3,500 copies UHQR restores the bottom end wallop without sounding artificially 'EQ'd.' There's far greater overall transparency and more precise high frequency transients so synth lines really come to life. It's a big improvement over the original." — Music = 8/11; Sound = 8/11 — Michael Fremer, To read Fremer's full review, click here.

When Rastaman Vibration was first released in America in 1976 it did what some in the music industry considered nearly impossible at the time. It took Bob Marley into the Top Ten alongside disco records and corporate rock, points out Rolling Stone, which rates the album 4 stars.

Despite the good cheer of the title track and the upbeat "Roots, Rock, Reggae," Rastaman Vibration contains some of Marley's most intense images of oppression, paranoia and despair. Tracks such as "Who the Cap Fit," "Crazy Baldhead" and "War" are offered by the Wailers with dire urgency as Marley's brutal visions are echoed by his own church choir, the I-Threes. More than four decades later, neither Marley's music nor his message has lost its sting.

Now, Analogue Productions presents perfection — Rastaman Vibration in UHQR format on Clarity Vinyl. This Ultra High Quality Record release will be limited to 3,500 copies, with gold foil individually numbered jackets.

For Bob Marley, 1975 was a triumphant year. The singer's Natty Dread album featured one of his strongest batches of original material (the first compiled after the departure of Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer) and delivered Top 40 hit "No Woman No Cry." The follow-up Live set, a document of Marley's appearance at London's Lyceum, found the singer conquering England as well. Upon completing the tour, Marley and his band returned to Jamaica, laying down the tracks for Rastaman Vibration (1976) at legendary studios run by Harry Johnson and Joe Gibbs. At the mixing board for the sessions were Sylvan Morris and Errol Thompson, Jamaican engineers of the highest caliber.

Of the material on Rastaman Vibration, "War," for one, remains one of the most stunning statements of the singer's career. Though it is essentially a straight reading of one of Haile Selassie's speeches, Marley phrases the text exquisitely to fit a musical setting, a quiet intensity lying just below the surface. Equally strong are the likes of "Rat Race,""'Crazy Baldhead," and "Want More." These songs are tempered by buoyant, lighthearted material like "Cry to Me," "Night Shift," and "Positive Vibration." Not quite as strong as some of the love songs Marley would score hits with on subsequent albums, "Cry to Me" seems like an obvious choice for a single and remains underrated.

This UHQR is remastered by Sterling Sound's Ryan K. Smith from the original analog master tapes. Each UHQR will be pressed at Acoustic Sounds' industry-leading pressing plant Quality Record Pressings (QRP) using hand-selected Clarity Vinyl® with attention paid to every single detail. These records will feature the same flat profile that helped to make the original UHQR so desirable. From the lead-in groove to the run-out groove, there is no pitch to the profile, allowing the customer's stylus to play truly perpendicular to the grooves from edge to center. Clarity Vinyl allows for the purest possible pressing and the most visually stunning presentation. Every UHQR will be hand inspected upon pressing completion, and only the truly flawless will be allowed to go to market. Each UHQR will be packaged in a deluxe box and will include a booklet detailing the entire process of making a UHQR along with a hand-signed certificate of inspection. This will be a truly deluxe, collectible product.

In addition to the UHQR booklet the package will contain a 8-page 12" x 12" booklet containing new liner notes by musican and Marley biographer Leroy Jodie Pierson as well as exclusive photos by Kim-Gottlieb Walker. Pierson is a past performer for Blues Masters at the Crossroads, the two-night historic blues festival at Blue Heaven Studios in Salina, Kansas. He's also recorded a Direct-To-Disc blues album for APO Records. (AAPO 005)

More About Clarity Vinyl

As we set out to make the world's best vinyl record, we began by establishing a set of exacting standards to address all of the components that comprise an LP. We call our records made under these strict standards Ultra High Quality Records (UHQR). Most audiophiles would understand that the list of critical components in UHQR includes recording, mastering, plating, pressing and quality control. But some may stop short of considering the raw material used to make the record: the vinyl itself.

We did some research and learned some interesting things about the history of the iconic black vinyl record. The most compelling revelation to us was the fact that LP vinyl is not black in its pure state. The off-white color of the record you are about to listen to is the color of raw vinyl in its purest form (un-tinted vinyl). The black color you're used to seeing is a colorant called "carbon black" that was part of the original compound formulation used in old shellac records. As vinyl compound replaced shellac-based compound, carbon black continued to be used as a colorant. We've expected our records to be black ever since.

To make the ultimate record, we decided to enhance sound quality by removing anything we believed could detract from it. Record styli vibrate (or jitter) on a microscopic level, and any particles of carbon black pigment that happen to be on the surface of the groove could introduce surface noise. By not adding carbon black to our Clarity Vinyl, we eliminate the possibility of noise contamination due to carbon black particles. Instead, your stylus is allowed to effortlessly slide down a glossy and silky smooth groove wall.

When we purchased Classic Records, the brand name Clarity Vinyl® came with it. We're proud to have resurrected, refined and trademarked Clarity Vinyl, the perfect canvas for our masterpiece: vinyl in its purest form.



Side A
1. Positive Vibration
2. Roots, Rock, Reggae
3. Johnny Was
4. Cry To Me
5. Want More

Side B
1. Crazy Baldhead
2. Who The Cap Fit
3. Night Shift
4. War
5. Rat Race

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 19 person(s) rated this product.

Thank You!!

posted on 12/05/2022
5 Stars
Reviewer: Anthony Speier
All of the comments above are spot on! This is an incredible sounding LP. It’s like being in the studio. Would love to compare this to the tape but have a hard time thinking it could be much better than this.

Great dynamics. The balance between highs/lows is spot on and the LP has an astonishing amount of detail while still sounding very full and tubey. It’s great LP.

Incredible Pressing!

posted on 11/29/2022
5 Stars
Reviewer: Steve
This pressing sounds incredible! No flaws or noise whatsoever. I expected it to be good, but this surpassed my expectations! Well done, Acoustic Sounds!

Wah Gwaan, Nothing But i'n'i Vibration

posted on 11/28/2022
5 Stars
Long awaited. And often wondered, how may this reissue best a classic? A clean OG or early 80's Sterling is an excellent choice. But then there's this UHQR. It's just unbelievable. I've never heard this sound so good. Shortly after the needle drop, listening on a reference system in an acoustically treated room. Awash in some of the best music & art ever created, I uttered to myself "this sounds so good it's stupid". Digital or other analog pressings need not apply. Deep supple bass that literally breathes, rich midrange, clean airy highs, excellent separation and depth. If you want the best, this is it. Packaging and linear notes second to none. A wonderful time capsule to a Legend. I sincerely hope we hear more AP Marley in the future! Inna di morrows.

Not Just The Bass

posted on 11/28/2022
5 Stars
Reviewer: Jeff
Much has already been written about the bass extension on this version and it's all true. It's immense. Deep,

palpable, and better than anything done with these tapes

in recent memory. But the bass does not dominate the

pressing and the overall presentation of other instruments

and vocals is right in line with the original pressing.

This version is a real winner. Faithful to the original with a clean, clear, deep, and thoroughly enjoyable presentation from start to finish.

Favorite UHQR!

posted on 11/25/2022
5 Stars
Reviewer: Paul
I have two other UHQRs (KOB & AYE) and this one is my favorite hands down. I love Bob Marley and this is one of my favorite albums. The sound quality on this is amazing. This pressing is so quiet, I have never heard such black backgrounds before. AP has really perfected the clarity vinyl. Also every instrument is perfectly separated in space. The bass is the real winner. The percussion on want more is amazing. Also great job AP on the jacket. The whole cover is textured to feel like burlap and all the lettering is embossed. Can’t stop running my fingers along the cover, extremely impressed! This pressing exceed my high expectation, very happy customer!

And the music is very dynamic.

posted on 11/24/2022
5 Stars
Reviewer: Leonardo Sullivan
Greetings from the UK. This is a fantastic re-issue. The vinyl is super quiet no pops etc. and the music is very dynamic, great separation of the vocals and instruments. Glad as l hadn’t another copy of Rastaman Vibration in my collection. Thank you AS ????


posted on 11/23/2022
5 Stars
This is now one of the best sounding albums in my collection. What strikes me first is the incredible bass - powerful yet defined. Just makes me go “dang.” I also really love the quality and separation of the vocals. Lastly, the drums sound fantastic, especially (to me) on the cymbals in the higher frequencies. So glad I got this and look forward to more UHQRs.

Then there's the bass.

posted on 11/22/2022
5 Stars
I really love the clarity vinyl and this album has that dead drop quiet sound that comes with that. Combine this with the deep bass and you have real winner.

I have been listening to Marley for 40 years

posted on 11/22/2022
5 Stars
Reviewer: Tim
And this is the BEST I ever heard him and the wailers .. great bass .. tons of air and space .. you can here the articulation and passion in his voice .. simply amazing. Get it before its gone because this one is special and will be highly sought after in a couple years

Somewhat Stunning

posted on 11/22/2022
5 Stars
Reviewer: Shawn Howard
First I'll speak of what amazed me the most. The bass frequencies on Cry to Me is the most palpable I have heard on a vinyl record, ever. I mean even in the subsonic levels that you feel in your feet, the bass is crystal clear, non-muttled and "moving". I turned this up to the limit of my system and still got zero distortion. To me, that is a great accomplishment on a 33 1/3 RPM record. I think the bass is actually the star of the show, and next up would be the open space and cleanliness in general. I think Mr. Smith did the best anyone could do with the original master tapes. I've heard others comment on the marginal quality of the 1st pressing. I do not have a 1st pressing to compare, but there is nothing marginal about this UHQR pressing. What I would have liked to hear that isn't quite there, is a little more depth or roundness, and a little more breath and sparkle. I am supposing those elements were missing from the original tape though. Nonetheless, it is stunning.

Beautiful pressing of essential reggae

posted on 11/22/2022
5 Stars
Reviewer: Bryce Wilson
This UHQR pressing sounds just right, and elevates the fantastic engineering and production of a record that has long been appreciated by fans for its music, but maybe underappreciated for its recording quality. My copy is perfectly flat, centered and the Clarity vinyl plays throughout with silent surfaces. The music is exploding with life. Tight bass that isn't bloated but will get you out of your chair. Highs are clean and clear, free of sibilance. Mids are full and warm. My original Sterling Island sounds great. This sounds better!

Well done - now more please

posted on 11/22/2022
5 Stars
Reviewer: Neil
This is my favorite Bob Marley album. I have the original Island Pressing along with a few other Bob Marley original pressings. The original pressings are really good so I was surprised with the significant improvements that were achieved here. This particular UHQR clarity vinyl also happens to be the quietest vinyl I have heard to date. Now kindly please locate the the other master tapes and give us some more Bob Marley UHQR pressings. Thanks for doing this one.

The Best Version

posted on 11/21/2022
5 Stars
Reviewer: Rick
Absolutely perfect and an amazing gift to music fans. This is the reason we collect high quality vinyl.

Easily the best sounding version ever!

posted on 11/21/2022
5 Stars
I was completely taken by surprise when this was announced, and waisted little time in ordering this UHQR the day it was posted. This release feels like a blessing from heaven. Each and every aspect of what separates UHQR’s from everything else is clearly on display here. Perfection!!! Enough said.

Truth in Advertising

posted on 11/21/2022
5 Stars
Reviewer: DCBRN
As stated inside the gatefold, this album cover is good for cleaning herb. Works like a charm. Oh, and the sound of the record is good too. Peace.

Another home run from Analog Productions!

posted on 11/20/2022
5 Stars
Reviewer: Johnnymics
Another fantastic release from Chad and the AP crew. Ryan K. Smith did an excellent job on the remaster. My clarity vinyl is dead flat and 100% silent. I hear people complain about there being noise with the UHQR. I own almost every single one and I’ve never experienced that. I always clean my records before listening to them for the first time. I don’t have an original to compare this title to, but it checks all the boxes for me. Hopefully they’ll be able to do Exodus next. There would be no Exodus without Rastaman Vibration.

Glorious mastering!

posted on 11/21/2022
5 Stars
Having just got this in and giving it a critical listen, I can say that this mastering is fantastic! Soundstage is huge, wide and deep -- I'd say within the Top 5 best soundstage out of my record collection. I'm listening on a pair of mid-80's Reference Towers known for their sound-staging capabilities, and I hear sounds extending out 6 feet from the outside edge of each speaker, like a live performance. Overall tonality is balanced, neither too-bright nor too-warm, and pinpoint imaging is precise w/ no smearing. Good thump from lower frequencies, the backing vocals are "all-there" and the electric guitars sound natural. Vinyl is flat & dead-quiet! The UHQR total package is gorgeous as usual, and the textured "Burlap" record cover is so cool. Just get it 'cause it'll be gone soon!!

After first needle drop so did my jaw!

posted on 11/20/2022
5 Stars
Reviewer: Jason
This is what you expect when you get an audiophile quality record. From the shipping box to the sound, everything was beautiful! The record is amazing sounding at all volumes but don’t be afraid to crank it with a good spliff and forget where you are! Wow, just wow!

Marley Never Sounded So Good!

posted on 11/19/2022
5 Stars
Reviewer: scotty
Did they ever knock this one out of the park! Never heard Bob Marley sound this incredible, dead quiet throughout with a lower end that just kicks the instrumentation into another level. Such balance and detail with a soundstage that brings this music so alive. The vocals, lead and background are absolutely amazing sounding. I also want to give a shoutout to Ryan Smith here, as he was an excellent choice. What I admire about Ryan is that he is similar to Kevin Gray's style. This turned out so good, not sure how any other version could compare to this, simply WOW! More Bob Marley UHQR's please...

The packaging, especially the jacket turned out great. Very impressive...


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