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Bob Marley Musical Takes Over London Until 8 Jan 2023 Plus a 20 Track Album

The Bob Marley Musical has run for 1 year in London so far and Island Records are very proud to announce the release on 10 October 2022 of ‘GET UP STAND UP!’, the Original Cast Recording of the award-winning hit West End musical of the same name which has been wowing audiences and critics alike since opening in October 2021. Featuring original cast members including Arinzé Kene and Gabrielle Brooks, alongside ‘The Stand Up Crew’, the fantastic group of musicians who propelled the show, the 20-track album was produced and mixed by Island stalwart Paul ‘Groucho’ Smykle, with arrangements by Phil Bateman, and features many of Marley’s most popular, powerful, enduring and inspiring songs of freedom. The production takes its inspiration from Bob Marley’s visionary lyrics to tell the Jamaican legend’s extraordinary story through a truly electrifying mix of many of his most memorable songs. The full track-listing is as follows:

1.     Lively Up Yourself 

2.     Trenchtown Rock 

3.     Duppy Conqueror 

4.     Is This Love (One Love) 

5.     Small Axe 

6.     Lively Up Yourself (acappella) 

7.     Roots Rock Reggae 

8          Turn Your Lights Down Low 

9.     Jamming 

10.   Exodus 

11        Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry 

12.   Punky Reggae Party 

13.   Waiting In Vain 

14.   Running Away 

15.   No Woman No Cry 

16.   So Much Things to Say 

17.   Three Little Birds 

18.   One Love 

19.   Could You Be Loved 

20.   Get Up Stand Up

Get Up Stand Up is, as its sub-title says, a Bob Marley musical, but it’s something more than a straightforward musical featuring the usual razzamatazz. Of course it is, because it’s about Bob Marley, and all he was and is, as prophet, star, songwriter and shaman, as man of ideas and man of action. It’s filled with world famous, indelible Bob Marley songs, which were never conceived to be part of a theatrical experience, but which can become that, because they were made to change shape and travel through time and space. 

The singers in the show playing Bob, Peter, Bunny, Scratch, the I Three, each and every character, don’t imitate, they interpret, and bring their own intense spiritual energy to Phil Bateman’s inventive arrangements. The musicians, the nine piece Stand Up Crew, on stage as part of the show with their experienced, eloquent feel and togetherness, don’t merely copy but dive deep into the history of Jamaican music, remodelling the insinuating guitar and flashing brass, absorbing and adapting the searching, restless experiments in groove and symbolic forward motion of the Wailers ingenious rhythm section Aston and Carlton Barrett.

Get Up Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical runs at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue until 8 January 2023. Tickets are available from www.getupstandupthemusical.com

Listen to the album to prepare for the immersive experience.

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