The latest video from Bob Marley & The Wailers’ performance at Capitol Studios in 1973 features the reggae pioneers playing “Slave Driver.” The unheard track and previously unseen video are set to appear on the upcoming album and film Bob Marley and The Wailers: The Capitol Session ’73 set for release on September 3 through The Coda Collection and Tuff Gong/Mercury Studios.
The highly anticipated performance was previously previewed with a video of “Stir It Up.” The session at Hollywood’s iconic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood was captured by Wailers producer Denny Cordell and features Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Joe Higgs, Aston Barrett, Carlton Barrett and Earl “Wya” Lindo. Denny’s son Barney picked up where his father left off and produced The Capitol Session ’73.
Barney spoke about his experience hanging around with the legendary reggae band and more in a statement. Read his words below:
From seeing a lot and playing (as in football and sandcastles!) a lot with Bob Marley and the Wailers as an 8-year-old boy at Dad’s house in Malibu — not knowing who (or caring who!) these exotic guys with cool hats were — to eventually, 30 years later, discovering why they were there and finding and bringing this incredible footage to the world has been an extraordinary, challenging and ultimately unbelievably fulfilling journey. When I started working in A&R at Island my father always said to me, ‘film and photograph EVERYTHING.’ I know it’s different now, but I guess he had the right idea!
Director of The Capitol Session ‘73 Martin Disney also weighed in on the recording:
What makes the Capitol Session ’73 stand out is that Bob Marley and the Wailers can really relax. They’ve got great sound. They’ve got the equipment that they know if anything goes wrong, it’s fine. It’s going to be fixed. They’ve got a really lovely, appreciative, little audience. All the ingredients for just a great afternoon doing what they loved. And it shows. I mean, it isn’t like anything else.
“Slave Driver” appears on Bob Marley & The Wailers landmark 1973 album, Catch A Fire. Watch video of “Slave Driver” from The Capitol Session ‘73 below via the JamBase Live Video Archive: