The Wailers: Stir It Up (Live at The Old Grey Whistle Test)

On May 1, 1973, Bob Marley and The Wailers visited The Old Grey Whistle Test’s studios for a live performance.

From their video description: “This is one of only 2 or 3 times where Bob, [guitarist/vocalist] Peter Tosh, and [percussionist/vocalist] Bunny Wailer are captured on video performing together as The Wailers.”

Of course, it also features one of my favorite bass lines, thanks to Aston Barrett.

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  1. gordon w patriarca

    Hmmmmm, looks-like live vocals done to studio instrumental tracks. Tosh’s solo video-wise does not line up to the audio. Still cool tho.

    • Jon Hundt

      I believe that in those days the UK Musicians’ Union required the artists to record their own backing tracks. So they were not allowed to simply lip-synch to the original recording, nor to sing live along with the previously-released track. They WERE allowed (or required) to go into a studio and record the track that would be used for the TV performance. Sometimes the artists might fudge that in the studio, but the real players like these guys would go in and cut a new version of the song. Then during the TV performance they were not always able to fake it accurately to their own track.