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Released: June 3, 1977

Rating: 4.383 (average of 18 ratings)

Genre: reggae

Quotable: “A concept album that distills the myriad experiences of both our daily lives and collective unconsciousness into 46 minutes of aural perfection.” – Rebecca Levine,

Album Tracks:

  1. Natural Mystic
  2. So Much Things to Say
  3. Guiltiness
  4. The Heathen
  5. Exodus
  6. Jamming
  7. Waiting in Vain
  8. Turn Your Lights Down Low
  9. Three Little Birds
  10. One Love/ People Get Ready

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 0.7
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 4.5


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 20
peak on U.K. album chart 8

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Exodus (6/25/77) #14 UK, #19 RB
  • Waiting in Vain (8/77) #27 UK, #38 RB
  • Jamming (12/10/77) #9 UK
  • Three Little Birds (8/80) #17 UK
  • One Love/ People Get Ready (4/21/84) #5 UK

Notes: A 2001 Deluxe Edition adds a second disc of material for a total of 25 songs. Most of the material is alternate or live performances of the original album’s material, but extra songs “Roots,” “Crazy Baldhead/ Running Away,” “War/ No More Trouble,” “Punky Reggae Party,” and “Keep on Moving” are added as well.


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. One of VH1’s 100 Greatest Rock & Roll Albums of All Time.

Bob Marley & The Wailers
“It’s hard to find reggae as good as this.” MH “This is the visionary Bob Marley’s masterpiece.” RL In fact, “in 1999 Exodus was rightfully voted by Time Magazine the most important album of the 20th century.” RL This is “a concept album that distills the myriad experiences of both our daily lives and collective unconsciousness into 46 minutes of aural perfection,” RL showcasing “what is probably the Wailers’ tightest recorded performance.” RL “Every song is a classic, from the messages of love to the anthems of revolution. But more than that, the album is a political and cultural nexus, drawing inspiration from the Third World and then giving voice to it the world over.” TM

“Recorded in London following an attempt on his life, Exodus shows Bob Marley mellowing a bit. Despite some powerful political tracks, Marley adopts a less fiery, more reflective approach than his previous outings.” MH “The first half of Exodus bears witness to Marley’s shift in focus away from the mundane problems of Babylon existence and toward a greater understanding of vital universal truths.” RL

“The initial notes of the album’s opening track, Natural Mystic, fade up from a deep silence, giving the listener the impression that the music generates from within a continuum of the past, present, and future.” RL

Throughout, “Exodus has all one would expect from a Bob Marley album: rumbling statements like Exodus and The Heathen as well as poetic love songs like Turn Your Lights Down Low.” MH “The second half features songs like Jamming and Waiting in Vain, which take a gently wistful look at the more interpersonal aspect of human relations.” RL These and One Love/ People Get Ready were also “huge international hits” MH and “inspired tracks…[which] came to define Marley around the world. They are irresistible no matter how many times they are played.” MH

“Never one to dodge innovation, Exodus hints that Marley was taking cues from the emerging dub scene. Exodus, even though it contains some of Marley's best work, has an underlying nostalgic feel to it, hinting that Marley was getting a little formulaic.” MH

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Previous Album: Rastaman Vibration (1976) Bob Marley’s DMDB page Next Album: Kaya (1978)

Exodus (live)

Waiting in Vain (fan-made photo montage)

Jamming (live)

Three Little Birds

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Last updated February 7, 2011.