One Love (at Studio One)

One Love (at Studio One)

by Bob Marley
     
 
This two-disc set from Heartbeat Records contains the earliest recordings of the Wailers (Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, and Peter Tosh, plus, at this point in time, Junior Braithwaite and Beverly Kelso), and while its greatest value is probably archival, there is a wonderful sense of musical exploration and joy

Overview

This two-disc set from Heartbeat Records contains the earliest recordings of the Wailers (Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, and Peter Tosh, plus, at this point in time, Junior Braithwaite and Beverly Kelso), and while its greatest value is probably archival, there is a wonderful sense of musical exploration and joy in these tracks, which include original compositions, ska covers of American hits, doo wop exercises, island mento standards, spirituals and gospel pieces, and even renditions of songs by Bob Dylan and the Beatles. Between 1964 and 1966 the Wailers cut some 100 of these nascent sides at Clement Dodd's Studio One, most of them done on Dodd's Ampex 350 portable one-track tape machine, which means these are largely live-in-the-studio performances, many of them with backing from the Skatalites. Energetic and ragged, these recordings show a group that was not quite yet dominated by Marley, although his compositions were clearly the Wailers' strongest fare, beginning with his "Simmer Down," the group's first Jamaican hit in 1964. Marley was by no means the best singer (just the most charismatic) in the group, as evidenced by Braithwaite's delicate and emotional lead vocal on the gorgeous "It Hurts to Be Alone," which also features a nice guitar line from Ernest Ranglin (which telegraphs that the song was actually a clever rewrite of the Impressions' "I'm So Proud"). By the time of 1965's "One Love," Dodd had upgraded to a two-track machine, and songs like "Rude Boy," the lovely soul ballad "I'm Still Waiting," and "I'm Gonna Put It On" (featuring guitarist Dwight Pinkney and his band, the Sharks) began to hint at what the Wailers would become. With 1965's rude boy anthem "Jailhouse," the Wailers began working with the new and slower rocksteady rhythms, and while there were still plenty of horn lines present, the manic, skipping ska pace becomes less prominent. In early 1966, with Marley temporarily living in the U.S., Tosh and Bunny recorded the ominous gospel gem "Sinner Man," as well as Bunny's striking "He Who Feels It Knows It" and Peter's attempt at a straight rock recording, "Can't You See." Also worth noting here is Bunny's version of Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," which keeps only the song's chorus while rewriting the verses with lines like "Time like a scorpion stings without warning." With Marley back from the States later in 1966, the group recorded his "Bend Down Low," a song that prefigures the group's later work with producer Lee "Scratch" Perry. In all, there are some 40 tracks here charting this formative period in the Wailers' creative development, and while casual Marley fans may find it all a bit half-baked and primitive, there is an undeniable joy in the music on display, and its pure archival value is immense. This set expands by a couple of tracks Heartbeat's earlier release under the same title from 1991.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/28/2006
Label:
Heartbeat / Pgd
UPC:
0011661781924
catalogNumber:
617819

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. This Train
  2. Simmer Down
  3. I Am Going Home
  4. Do You Remember
  5. Mr. Talkative
  6. Habits
  7. Amen
  8. Go Jimmy Go
  9. Teenager In Love
  10. I Need You
  11. It Hurts To Be Alone
  12. True Confession
  13. Lonesome Feelings
  14. There She Goes
  15. Diamond Baby
  16. Playboy
  17. Where's the Girl for Me
  18. Hooligan Ska
  19. One Love
  20. Love and Affection
  21. Tell Them Lord

Disc 2

  1. And I Love Her
  2. Rude Boy
  3. I'm Still Waiting
  4. Ska Jerk
  5. Somewhere to Lay My Head
  6. Wages of Love
  7. Wages of Love
  8. I'm Gonna Put It On
  9. Cry to Me
  10. Jailhouse
  11. Sinner Man
  12. He Who Feels It Knows It
  13. Let Him Go
  14. When the Well Runs Dry
  15. Can't You See
  16. What Am I Supposed to Do
  17. Rolling Stone (Like a Rolling Stone)
  18. Bend Down Low
  19. Freedom Time
  20. Rocking Steady

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Marley   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Rita Marley   Vocal Harmony
Don Drummond   Trombone
Roland Alphonso   Tenor Saxophone
Richard Ace   Keyboards
Junior Braithwaite   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Lloyd Brevett   Bass
Hux Brown   Guitar
Ska Campbell   Baritone Saxophone
Fred Crossley   Bass
Lloyd Delpratt   Keyboards
Dizzy Johnny Moore   Trumpet
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd   Vocal Harmony
Bobby Ellis   Trumpet
Marlene Gifford   Vocal Harmony
Vin Gordon   Trombone
Jah Jerry   Guitar
Esmond Jarrett   Drums
Lloyd Knibbs   Drums
Bunny Wailer   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Carl McCloud   Drums
Tommy McCook   Tenor Saxophone
Danny McFarlane   Keyboards
Peter Tosh   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Desi Miles   Bass
Trummie Miles   Trumpet
Jackie Mittoo   Keyboards
Dwight Pinkney   Guitar
Ernest Ranglin   Guitar
Roy Richards   Harmonica
Lloyd Robinson   Drums
Carlton Samuels   Baritone Saxophone
Lloyd Spence   Bass
Lester Sterling   Alto Saxophone
Lyn Taitt   Guitar
Seymour Walker   Alto Saxophone
"Deadly" Headley Bennett   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Bob Marley   Arranger,Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Leroy Jodie Pierson   Liner Notes,Annotation
Roland Alphonso   Composer
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Doc Pomus   Composer
Roger Steffens   Liner Notes,Annotation
Peter McIntosh   Arranger,Composer
Robert Steinhilber   Cover Illustration

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