Bunny Wailer – Live At The Madison Square Garden – 1986 [Full concert]

Bunny Wailer – Live At The Madison Square Garden – 1986 [Full concert] Bunny Wailer – Live At The Madison Square Garden – 1986 [Full concert]

Bunny Wailer - Live At The Madison Square Garden - 1986 yardhype
one of the best reggae concerts ever
the legendary bunny wailer

Tracklist
1. Intro / Same old dragon
2. Blackheart man
3. Dreamland
4. Love fire
5. Struggle
6. Rise and Shine
7. Dance rock
8. Rock and groove
9. Rootsman skanking
10. Cool runnings
11. Rule dancehall
12. Ballroom floor
13. Keep on moving
14. Rule this land
15. I stand predominate
16. I’m the toughest
17. Hypocrite
18. Together again

The buildup to this historic concert film is nearly as exciting as the actual spectacle of the sole surviving Wailer working out on the stage of NYC’s famous Madison Square Garden arena. By 1986, the year of this concert, both Bob Marley and Peter Tosh were gone, and Wailer had not been seen abroad in at least 10 years, reportedly because of a fear of flying. Very few artists can make their comeback in a venue of this size, but Wailer played to a packed house, and what a show it must have been. This video does get off to a laughably lame start, with Wailer appearing in a burst of smoke amidst other cheesy special effects, but there’s nothing comical about the canon of songs from which he draws in the show proper. The viewer can’t help but wonder at the serendipitous stroke of fate that brought Wailer, Marley, and Tosh together, because as this performance video proves (along with the many of Bob Marley and the few of Peter Tosh), each was a songwriter and performer of genius. Clad in flowing robes, a woven Rasta belt doing double duty here to hold a lion’s head against his forehead, Bunny proves himself to be a living reggae treasure. His “Blackheart Man” is the music’s defining hymn to the Rastaman’s spiritual grace in the face of society’s condemnation, and his “Dreamland” remains the most vivid expression extant of the Rastaman’s vision of Zion. Backed by a full orchestra of Jamaica’s finest musicians and accompanied by a full array of dancers (including B Boy break dancers!), Bunny’s solo show has not been equaled since.

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