B Is for Bob

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
B Is for Bob is ultimately little more than a novelty entry in the bloated catalog that is Bob Marley's, but it has its moments. The gist here is that Ziggy Marley, Bob's oldest son and a major reggae artist in his own right, has taken a dozen of Bob's recordings and remixed (or "reimagined," as the press materials say) all but four of them to appeal to an intended audience of children. Generally, he accomplishes this by stripping out the more pronounced reggae rhythms, lead guitar solos, and such, and giving the tunes a more sparse, primarily acoustic sheen. In some cases, instruments (light percussion, vibes) are added as well, to bring a fuller but softer feel. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
B Is for Bob is ultimately little more than a novelty entry in the bloated catalog that is Bob Marley's, but it has its moments. The gist here is that Ziggy Marley, Bob's oldest son and a major reggae artist in his own right, has taken a dozen of Bob's recordings and remixed (or "reimagined," as the press materials say) all but four of them to appeal to an intended audience of children. Generally, he accomplishes this by stripping out the more pronounced reggae rhythms, lead guitar solos, and such, and giving the tunes a more sparse, primarily acoustic sheen. In some cases, instruments (light percussion, vibes) are added as well, to bring a fuller but softer feel. Recordings that have been familiar to Marley acolytes for decades -- "Jamming," "Redemption Song," "Stir It Up," etc. -- seem strangely unfamiliar, ghosts of their former selves, yet not unappealing -- it's indeed possible that young children might well enjoy them, but were the originals so overpowering that those same kids would have been frightened by them? And what will those children make of some of Marley's lyrics and patois kept intact ("Old pirates, yes they rob I/Sold I to the merchant ships")? Interestingly, Ziggy has left four tunes ("Could You Be Loved," "Lively Up Yourself," "One Love," "Wake Up and Live") alone, leaving the adult wondering why he felt those were safe while some of his father's other songs needed a kid-friendly tune-up.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/23/2009
  • Label: Tuff Gong / Umgd
  • UPC: 600753156766
  • Catalog Number: 001256402
  • Sales rank: 24,155

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Three Little Birds - Bob Marley (3:20)
  2. 2 Redemption Song - Bob Marley (3:47)
  3. 3 Wake Up and Live, Pt. 1 - Bob Marley (4:25)
  4. 4 Bend Down Low - Bob Marley (3:33)
  5. 5 Lively Up Yourself - Bob Marley (5:11)
  6. 6 Jamming - Bob Marley (4:27)
  7. 7 Small Axe - Bob Marley (4:23)
  8. 8 One Love/People Get Ready - Bob Marley (2:54)
  9. 9 Satisfy My Soul - Bob Marley (4:30)
  10. 10 Could You Be Loved - Bob Marley (3:58)
  11. 11 Stir It Up - Bob Marley (2:56)
  12. 12 High Tide or Low Tide - Bob Marley (4:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Marley & the Wailers Primary Artist
Bob Marley Indexed Contributor
Takeshi Akimoto Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Daniel K. Mandelman Percussion, Keyboards, Bells, Piano (Grand)
Zion Smith Background Vocals
Sophia Hedgecock Background Vocals
Michaela Brown Background Vocals
Kid's Chorus Background Vocals
Grace Schimmel Background Vocals
Emma Koffman Background Vocals
Daniel K. Mandelman Percussion, Piano, Keyboards
Chloe Brendinger Background Vocals
Aaron Nigel Smith Choir Director
Technical Credits
Bob Marley Composer, Audio Production
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Chris Blackwell Audio Production
Fabian Cook Engineer
Ziggy Marley Producer, Executive Producer, Remixing, Audio Production
Alex Sadkin Producer, Audio Production
The Wailers Audio Production
Bob Marley & the Wailers Producer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering, Remastering
Cedella Marley Artwork
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Heartwarming and beautiful

    I came home from work and my 3 year old was singing "3 Little Birds" and knew every word. It brought a tear to my eye to know that the Bob Marley I grew up with is living on through this compilation for the next generation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gotta love Bob!

    This is my 4 year old son's absolute favorite CD, hands down, to listen to at bedtime! Gotta love Bob!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    We love Bob

    Reggae music is always so calming, and our little one loves to dance to it. A great CD to listen to over and over again.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Flashback to my Early 20s

    Tired of the usual kiddie music fare, I bought this CD so my daughter (2.5 years) wouldn't be subjected to the overly-peppy tripe they put out these days. The melodies are mellow and gentle, mostly acoustic with some bongo moments. My girl loves swaying in time with "One Love" and "Wake Up & Live." For me, it reminds me of a simpler time in my life.

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