The Wonder Dream Concert would feature a collaborative performance between Bob & Stevie as they jammed with each other on “ I Shot the Sheriff ” and “ Superstition. ” The two would go on to become good friends, evening discussing the theme of a huge concert together where Bob would play his Survival album start to finish and Stevie would do the like with Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants ( both albums that were released in 1979 ).
[Related: Elvis Costello’s 1977 Reggae-Rock Hit “Watching The Detectives”] The Wonder Dream Concert in ’ 75 wouldn ’ metric ton be the alone time the two would perform together as on Nov 7th, 1979, Stevie joined Bob for the encore of his performance at the Black Music Association concert in Philadelphia. The duet performed a rendition of “ Get Up, Stand Up ” and The Salinas Journal at the time reported the encore had the push jumping up on chairs and tables.
A friendship that started in 1975 would go on to become the inspiration for Stevie’s “Master Blaster” 5 years later. The song is a reference to Bob’s 1977 fan favorite “Jammin” off his Exodus record. Stevie did a take on what Marley sang with “Jah children must unite” and they would be “jammin’ in the name of the Lord.” In “Master Blaster”, Stevie sings they’re “Jammin’ until the break of dawn.” A friendship that started in 1975 would go on to become the inhalation for Stevie ’ s5 years belated. The song is a citation to Bob ’ mho 1977 fan darling “ Jammin ” off hisrecord. Stevie did a aim on what Marley sing with “ Jah children must unite ” and they would be “ jammin ’ in the appoint of the Lord. ” In, Stevie sings they ’ ra “ Jammin ’ until the break of dawn. ” Discussing the song and hearing it for the inaugural prison term, renowned Reggae Producer Michael Goldwasser of Easy Star tells The Pier : “I was a kid in my mom’s car, and we were pulling out of our driveway. It must have been a Sunday morning because I was listening to Casey Kasem’s America’s Top 40 and I remember Casey talking about how Stevie Wonder had written the song in tribute to Bob Marley. Pretty cool to think that a reggae-style song about Bob could have been on the pop charts when it came out.” “ Everyone ’ s feeling reasonably, it ’ south hot than July, ” are the open lyrics to the song, which would influence the deed of Stevie ’ second record while the birdcall would go on to spend 7 weeks at number one atop the Billboard R & B singles chart, reaching number five on Billboard ’ s popular singles chart in the fall of 1980. The song is besides credited with having 7 background vocals behind Stevie. Michael G. explains : “I think that what makes ‘Master Blaster’ sound more ‘reggae’ than other songs by non-reggae artists that incorporate the style is that Dennis Davis approached the drums with a reggae sensibility and does a good job of it. The other instruments are more of an American approximation of reggae but the drums hold it down for me. And the horns also have a late 70’s Bob Marley & the Wailers vibes. The song also played an important part in my production philosophy, which is to try to expand the reach of reggae by incorporating other styles and influences while still keeping the roots. And also to stay grounded in the connection between Jamaican Reggae and American R&B music that is sometimes lost on people — there would be no Reggae as we know it without R&B.”
And while “Master Blaster” is a tribute to Bob Marley, the song besides includes a name drop of Jamaican reggae band Third World who Stevie would go on to write and produce for. As Michael G. suggests : “Stop reading and immediately find and listen to ‘Try Jah Love’ and ‘You’re Playing Us Too Close’ by Third World right now to hear the results.” watch : third World – “Try Jah Love”
In 1982 Stevie made a murder of public appearances paying court to Bob Marley with “Master Blaster” including a collaborative operation of the song with Third World during that year ’ mho Reggae Sunsplash event showing Stevie ’ s continue connection to Jamaica & Bob ’ second music. No word on what Bob remember of “Master Blaster” but my guess is he likely enjoyed the birdcall a much as he did his friendship with Stevie up until his inauspicious passing on May 11th, 1981. The influence of that joining between Bob & Stevie is dateless and finds itself emerging in today ’ s productions of reggae-rock to pop, including Jason Mraz ‘ second 2020 record Look For The Good. That album was produced by Michael G. and as he concludes with The Pier : “When Jason Mraz sent me a demo of his song ‘Take The Music,’ I immediately heard a Stevie influence and as I started working on the arrangement and demos I kept thinking back to ‘Master Blaster’, especially with the horns. We even tried to get Stevie to jump on the track but unfortunately he was dealing with some health issues at the time that we were trying to finish up the album so it didn’t work out.” You can find Stevie Wonder ’ s “Master Blaster”, Third World ’ south “Try Jah’s Love” and other classic 80 ’ mho Reggae-Rock music inside our 80’s Reggae-Rock playlist on Spotify by clicking HERE!
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Article By: Mike Patti watch : third World with Stevie Wonder – “You’re Playing Us Too Close”
Listen : Jason Mraz – “Take The Music”