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Kaya is a roots reggae album released by Bob Marley and the Wailers in 1978. The album consists of tracks recorded alongside those present on the Exodus album in 1977.

Kaya
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Studio album by
Released23 March 1978
RecordedJanuary–April 1977
StudioIsland Studios, London
GenreReggae
Length36:59
LabelTuff Gong / Island
ProducerBob Marley & The Wailers
Bob Marley and The Wailers chronology
Exodus
(1977)
Kaya
(1978)
Babylon by Bus
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauA−[2]
Rolling Stone(Neutral)[3]

The album has a very relaxed, laid back sound, lacking much of the militant quality of the Wailers lyrically and musically. They received criticism for 'going soft' as a result of the general sound of the album as well as the theme: songs primarily revolving around love, as well as marijuana.

The album's release coincided with the One Love Peace Concert, heralding Marley's triumphant return to Jamaica from exodus in London. Two of the songs are new versions of tracks from the 1971 album Soul Revolution. Well-known songs from the album include "Is This Love" and "Satisfy My Soul". Kaya reached the top five in the UK album charts.

Contents

Track listingEdit

Original album (1978)Edit

All songs written by Bob Marley. Mastered by Ted Jensen of Sterling Sound.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Easy Skanking"2:58
2."Kaya"3:15
3."Is This Love"3:52
4."Sun Is Shining"4:58
5."Satisfy My Soul"4:31
Side two
No.TitleLength
6."She's Gone"2:25
7."Misty Morning"3:33
8."Crisis"3:54
9."Running Away"4:15
10."Time Will Tell"3:29

The Definitive Remasters edition (2001)Edit

All songs written by Bob Marley.

CD Version
No.TitleLength
1."Easy Skanking"2:58
2."Kaya"3:15
3."Is This Love"3:52
4."Sun Is Shining"4:58
5."Satisfy My Soul"4:31
6."She's Gone"2:25
7."Misty Morning"3:33
8."Crisis"3:54
9."Running Away"4:15
10."Time Will Tell"3:29
11."Smile Jamaica (Alternate Version)"5:03
Total length:43:26

Deluxe edition (2013)Edit

MusiciansEdit

[4]

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[5] Gold 788,000 [6]*
United States (RIAA)[7] Gold 500,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Deming, Mark. "AllMusic review". AllMusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  2. ^ "CG: Artist 2258". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-06-16.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 23 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Kaya - Bob Marley & the Wailers". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  5. ^ "French album certifications – BM – Kaya" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  6. ^ https://www.infodisc.fr/Ventes_Albums_Tout_Temps.php?debut=200
  7. ^ "American album certifications – BM – Kaya". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  8. ^ "British album certifications – BM – Kaya". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Kaya in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.