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Bob Marley is more than the
greatest reggae artist of all time – he is an icon,
an embodiment of music’s transformative power. Politically
stirring and spiritually moving, yet at the same time earthy
and human, his songs have an essential depth that has inspired
audiences of all ages and cultures.
But Marley didn’t become a seismic cultural
force overnight. He spent the ’60s and early ’70s
finding his voice, experimenting with a variety of sounds
and styles. The recordings in this revelatory collection capture
Marley and his extraordinary band, The Wailers, during several
phases of their musical evolution.
These cuts were for the most part produced
by the legendary Lee “Scratch” Perry and initially
released on the Trojan label. Some, like the frisky “Soul
Shakedown Party” and the band’s take on the gospel
standard “Go Tell on the Mountain,” showcase the
exuberant mixture of American R&B and Caribbean lilt that
informed the rock steady and early reggae genres. Others,
notably “Soul Rebel,” “Kaya,” “Sun
Is Shining” and “Lively Up Yourself,” reflect
the social consciousness, timeless melodies and deep grooves
that came to epitomize Marley’s songwriting –
and to set the template for reggae’s “mature”
sound. What shines through in each case, though, is Marley’s
passion and originality.
This anthology offers a unique insight into
the development of a musical legend.
1. "Soul Shake Down Party"
2. "Lively Up Yourself"
3. "Don't Rock My Boat"
5. "Concrete Jungle"
6. "Sun is Shining"
7. "Rainbow Country"
8. "Soul Rebel"
9. "Go Tell it on the Mountain"
10. "Run for Cover"
11. "I Know a Place"
12. "Try Me"
13. "My Cup"