n 1999, Time magazine declared Bob Marley’s Exodus (Island Records), released on June 3, 1977, the best album of the 20th Century. Whether any one album (even one as significant as Exodus is within Marley’s esteemed catalog) can justifiably merit such a sweeping and nearly incalculable designation is a topic for vigorous debate. What’s undeniable, though, is that a dramatic set of circumstances led to the recording of Exodus and helped shape a more complex aural identity for Marley and his extraordinary band, The Wailers. Upon Exodus‘ release, it was initially criticized as too polished but later regarded as visionary in taking reggae to a wider audience.
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