Al Anderson at the rehearsal watching every musician and trying to develop a perfect sound.
Photos: Klaus Ludes

interview - al anderson's part on the music

"How have you developed your musical part on the classical Bob Marley and the Wailers music?"
"It was the end of '73. I met Bob through Chris Blackwell and Steve Winwood. Peter and Bunny had left the band and he needed an additional set of musicians to take the place of the ones that left. So Tyrone Downie* and I decided to work with Bob. And it just basically came down to moving to Jamaica and working with him to help upgrade and develop the music."
(*Tyrone Downie = one keyboarder of Bob Marley and the Wailers)
Listen to Al Anderson! (17 sec., 250 K)

"What was your part in the development of the music?"
"There wasn't really that much lead work. There was a lot of rhythm work and just picking*. And then we decided just to add a Blues element in the music to change things around."
(*Picking = special way to play the background chords on the guitar)
Listen to Al Anderson! (17 sec., 110 K)

"And then it worked real well and the recordings and the records started to sound a lot more. You know with Tyrone together we did NATTY DREAD*. Natty Dread was probably the launching album to his success to "Catch a Fire" and "Burnin' ". And all songs that I played on eventually went into the charts and I was kind of pleased about that."
(*Natty Dread = An album produced in 1974)
Listen to Al Anderson! (20 sec., 200 K)

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HOW COULD THAT MUSIC GROW SO BIG:
"It was Bob's plan!"

LOVE AND PEACE AND POLITICS:
"Bob could have been a politician!"

MATERIALISM:
"The music influences the peoples' minds!"

VIOLENCE:
"If I had to fight I would!"

THE SONG "WAR" and COMPOSING:
"A great idea of Bob's friend 'Skill' !"

THE "REDEMPTION SONG"
"Wia Lindo had a lot to do with that song!"

AL ANDERSON, LEAD GUITAR:
"We wanted to help develop the music!"

AL ANDERSON about RASTAFARI:
"I'm more of a buddhist myself!"

ROOTS REGGAE:
"Everybody could identify with!"

PERCUSSION:
"Five people around certain microphones!"

PETER TOSH and BUNNY WAILER:
"Maybe they all gonna come back together!"

WOMEN'S LIBERATION:
"Women are equally intelligent as men!"

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