Island/Tuff Gong
code: 314 548 901-2
country: Canada (issued in several countries)
release date: October 2, 1979 (Remastered CD: July 31, 2001)
media: CD
booklet: 16 pages....(11 pictures)
liner notes: none
So Much Trouble In The World 1979 4m00s
02. Zimbabwe 1979 3m51s
03. Top Rankin' 1979 3m11s
04. Babylon System 1979 4m21s
05. Survival 1979 3m54s
06. Africa Unite 1979 2m55s
07. One Drop 1979 3m51s
08. Ride Natty Ride 1979 3m51s
09. Ambush In The Night 1979 3m14s
10. Wake Up And Live 1979 5m00s
11. Ride Natty Ride (12-inch mix) 1979 6m23s
Personal appreciation of the product
songs selection:
liner notes:
design: 4/5 (except for the cover 5/5)
note: The album was initially called 'Black Survival', but was changed to the request of Chris Blackwell, so people around the world could identify better to the message. If you look closely at the drawing behind the title 'Survival', you will find the draught of slave ships, surrounding by African flags. This album is filled with black history theme. This is my personal favorite album after Exodus. Very difficult to select only a few songs, as all of them could be featured on a compilation. This is first Island album that contain strictly new material, in other words that doesn't inlude any songs recorded between 1962-1972. The song AMBUSH IN THE NIGHT recalls the attemp on Bob Marley's life, which occured prior to the Smile Jamaica concert, in November 1976.

The singles that were issued for this album in Jamaica were: AMBUSH IN THE NIGHT, ONE DROP and RIDE NATTY RIDE. The singles that were issued in UK are: SO MUCH TROUBLE and SURVIVAL, backed with WAKE UP AND LIVE. There was also a 12-inch single that was issued the following year with AFRICA UNITE, ZIMBABWE and WAKE UP AND LIVE. Plus the B-side of COULD YOU BE LOVED featured ONE DROP and RIDE NATTY RIDE.

The remastered edition has a nice 16-page booklet , all in black & white, to respect the artwork of the original album sleeve. The initial CD release dating back from 1988, came with a 8-page black & white booklet.
The last colum represent the song number on my checklist