News: Lost tapes of Bob Marley discovered in London hotel basement up for auction

News: Lost tapes of Bob Marley discovered in London hotel basement up for auction

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A stash of live recordings by Bob Marley discovered during the clearance of a London hotel where he once stayed are set to be sold off at auction.

The cache, including hits such as No Woman No Cry, Is This Love and Exodus, sat in the hotel’s damp basement for more than 40 years after Bob Marley And The Wailers stayed there in the mid-1970s.

Recorded at The Lyceum and Rainbow in London and the Pavillon Baltard in Paris in the 1970s, they were discovered – severely water damaged – in 2017 in cardboard box files.

The reel-to-reel analogue tapes, previously dubbed “the lost masters”,  had “gunk oozing from almost every inch” when they were found at the hotel in Little Venice, London.

Sound technician Martin Nichols said the tapes “were covered in mould and had clearly suffered massive water damage”.

“This was without a doubt – one of the most difficult projects I’ve ever tackled – but it was also a labour of love,” he said.

The tapes were rescued by Marley fan Joe Gatt, who received a call from a friend saying he had found what appeared to be some old recordings.

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Auctioneer Paul Fairweather said: “These iconic recordings are from a point in time when Bob Marley was really at his peak and with him having such a huge fan base, we expect there will be worldwide interest.”

The tapes will go under the hammer at Omega Auctions in Liverpool on May 21 and are expected to fetch £50,000 per lot.



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