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7 Feb 2017

Lost Recordings Of Bob Marley Found In London Hotel 40 Years After His Death

Some lost recordings by Bob
Marley have been found in a
damp hotel basement in
London after more than 40
years and have been restored,
BBC reports.

The tapes are the original,
high-quality live recordings of
the reggae legend's concerts
in London and Paris between
1974 and 1978. Tracks include
No Woman No Cry, Jamming and Exodus.

They were at first believed to
be ruined beyond repair,
largely because of water
damage. Marley, who died in 1981,
would have been 72 on
Monday.

The tapes were found in a
run-down hotel in Kensal Rise,
north-west London, where
Bob Marley and the Wailers
stayed during their European
tours in the mid-1970s. They were discovered when
Joe Gatt, a Marley fan and
London businessman, took a
phone call from a friend, who
had found them while doing a
building refuse clearance.

From the 13 reel-to-reel
analogue master tapes, 10
were fully restored, two were
blank and one was beyond
repair. Work lasted one year
and cost £25,000 ($31,200).

"They were (in an) appalling
(condition)... I wasn't too
hopeful," Martin Nichols, a
sound engineer at the White
House Studios in the west of
England, told the BBC.

The recordings are from
concerts at the Lyceum in
London (1975), the
Hammersmith Odeon (1976),
the Rainbow, also in London
(1977), and the Pavilion de Paris (1978).

They were recorded on the
only mobile 24-track studio
vehicle available in the UK
then. It was loaned to Bob
Marley and the Wailers by the
Rolling Stones.

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