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So much things to say right now (The Wailers’ Exodus at the House of Blues)

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Posted by admin On January - 24 - 2009

~Z.T.~ When I think about this night, It’ll be hard to focus on the music. The music was brilliant, but I have “so much things to say” about everything else. I’ll think of the community we formed in the third row as we united around making fun of the horrible smell coming from the white guy with dreads. The drunk European guy making chopping motions with his hands before the show who, even though he looked insane, got other drunk people to do it with him. I’ll focus on Andy leaving his blackberry in the cab after the show and me sprinting four blocks in the ice to track it down. I’ll focus on waking up the next morning at … OK time to focus on the album.Elan has got “So much things to say right now, so much things to say.” Mostly he talked about how the crowd should give $2 to feed children around the world and get a bracelet like he had.

I put Exodus on right before Andy came to pick me up at Jordy’s. I got about halfway through the album before he walked in and immediately told me to stop desecrating the 24-hour rule. Thankfully, Exodus is a rare back-loaded album like Magical Mystery Tour, where the best tracks are on side two. Exodus‘ b-side kicks off with the essential Bob track “Jammin,” moves on to the pleading of “Waiting in Vain,” the sultry “Turn Your Lights Down Low” and closing with “One Love.” Let’s get together and feel alright, indeed.
Aston Barrett is the original bassist of The Wailers. He wrote the bass line for pretty much every popular Marley song. He goes by “Family Man” because he has…wait for it… 52 children.

The Wailers started without Elan for an extended jam before getting into opening track “Natural Mystic.” The show was constantly building momentum and kicked into gear once we hit the second song, “So Much Things to Say,” an instant feel-good track. Elan was hopping and dancing around the stage as the 11-piece band built towards the monster side b.

“Jamming” had the crowd, well, jamming, “Turn Your Lights Down Low” was pure sex. You may know the next song, “Three Little Birds,” as the “Every little thing is gonna be alright” song, which feeds right into “One Love.” I’ve listened to the album four times on repeat as I’m writing it and the Wailers not only did this album justice, they pumped new life and energy into it. This was the third Wailers show we’ve seen in the last year and without question the best. Check these guys out whenever possible.

Stay irie, my friends

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