Half-Speed Mastered Editions of Bob Marley's Entire Collection

Arriving today, 12 iconic Bob Marley and the Wailers albums are available on premium half-speed mastered vinyl by Miles Showell at Abbey Road. It includes all nine of their studio albums recorded for Island Records from 1973’s Catch A Fire to the posthumous Confrontation, released two years after Marley’s death. The two live albums, Live! and Babylon By Bus, are also included as part of the release, as well as the world’s best-selling reggae album, Legend.
 
The twelve timeless Bob Marley albums are 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.”
 
 
However, this is not the last release in the collection, on 11 December the same albums will be available, but pressed exclusively at the legendary Tuff Gong International headquarters in Kingston, Jamaica, 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.

And furthermore, 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 are out now and can be purchased on the Abbey Road Shop.
 

Bob Marley Half-Speed Collection Out Now

Legend: Limited Edition Half-Speed Master

Legend: Limited Edition Half-Speed Master

Confrontation: Limited Edition Half-Speed Master

Confrontation: Limited Edition Half-Speed Master

Uprising: Limited Edition Half-Speed Master

Uprising: Limited Edition Half-Speed Master

Survival: Limited Edition Half-Speed Master

Survival: Limited Edition Half-Speed Master

Babylon By Bus: Limited Edition Half-Speed Master

Babylon By Bus: Limited Edition Half-Speed Master

Kaya: Limited Edition Half-Speed Master

Kaya: Limited Edition Half-Speed Master

Exodus: Limited Edition Half-Speed Master

Exodus: Limited Edition Half-Speed Master

Rastaman Vibration: Limited Edition Half-Speed Master

Rastaman Vibration: Limited Edition Half-Speed Master

Live!: Limited Edition Half-Speed Master

Live!: Limited Edition Half-Speed Master

Burnin': Limited Edition Half-Speed Master

Burnin': Limited Edition Half-Speed Master

Catch A Fire: Limited Edition Half-Speed Master

Catch A Fire: Limited Edition Half-Speed Master

Natty Dread: Limited Edition Half-Speed Master

Natty Dread: Limited Edition Half-Speed Master