Half-Speed Mastered Editions of Bob Marley Albums Arriving 20 November

UMe and Tuff Gong announce three new and exclusive limited-edition collector series coming later this year, with special limited edition Jamaican pressings of Bob Marley albums on vinyl and premium half-speed mastered Marley vinyl both set for release during November and December.

On 11 December, twelve limited-edition vinyl Bob Marley albums, each numbered and pressed exclusively at the legendary Tuff Gong International headquarters in Kingston, Jamaica, will be available, featuring nine original studio albums and two original live albums, plus the world’s best-selling reggae album, Legend, all including a highly-desirable Tuff Gong stamp. Additionally, Catch A Fire, originally recorded by The Wailers in Jamaica and eventually released with overdubs and a mix overseen by Island founder Chris Blackwell at the label’s London headquarters, will be available in its original Jamaica-recorded version, with two extra tracks from the sessions and some tracks with longer fades. Produced entirely by Bob Marley & the Wailers and mixed by longtime Marley associate Errol Brown, this Jamaican version will be on vinyl for the first time.

On 20 November, the twelve Bob Marley albums will also be available on premium half-speed mastered vinyl by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios. On the half-speed process, Miles explains: "Abbey Road's world-renowned engineers have been cutting grooves into discs since the studios first opened their doors in 1931. This record was pressed from a master cut using a precision technique known as half-speed mastering. The procedure requires the source master and the cutting lathe to run at half speed on a specially adapted Neumann VMS-80 lathe.

This rare and specialised technique transforms difficult to cut highend frequencies into relatively easy to cut mid-range frequencies. The result is a cut with excellent high frequency response and very solid and stable stereo images. In short, half-speed mastering produces a master of the highest quality that enables the pressing plant to produce a superlative record.”
On 4 December, the long-awaited CD version of the iconic Complete Island Recordings LP box, which includes all nine Bob Marley & The Wailers' studio albums recorded for Island Records, plus two live albums, Live! and Babylon By Bus, will also be released. The Complete Island Recordings CD boxset will include the 11 albums packaged in CD wallets, housed in a brushed silver clamshell box that simulates the larger hinged lighter from the LP set.

The half-speed mastered editions of the Bob Marley albums will be released on 20 November and can be pre-ordered on the Abbey Road Shop.