The Essential Bob Marley and the Wailers

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
There are countless Bob Marley collections on the market, most of them drawing from his pre-Island Records Jamaican releases. These are usually poorly annotated, tossed-together affairs of dubious legality, and since Marley & the Wailers often re-recorded songs at various stages of their career, it can be nearly impossible to tell which versions you're getting without actually playing the disc. All of this confusion is a shame, since some of Marley's best work was done before the group signed its Island contract, and many casual Marley fans have no idea this stuff even exists, which is why this two-disc set from Trojan/Sanctuary is so welcome. It does a decent job of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
There are countless Bob Marley collections on the market, most of them drawing from his pre-Island Records Jamaican releases. These are usually poorly annotated, tossed-together affairs of dubious legality, and since Marley & the Wailers often re-recorded songs at various stages of their career, it can be nearly impossible to tell which versions you're getting without actually playing the disc. All of this confusion is a shame, since some of Marley's best work was done before the group signed its Island contract, and many casual Marley fans have no idea this stuff even exists, which is why this two-disc set from Trojan/Sanctuary is so welcome. It does a decent job of cherry-picking key Wailers tracks from several Jamaican producers, and makes a nice entry into the mare's nest of pre-Island releases. Included are tracks produced by Bunny Lee "Mr. Chatterbox", Leslie Kong "Caution," "Soul Shakedown Party," "Stop the Train," "Back Out," "Cheer Up," "Soul Captives", Ted Powder "Adam and Eve", a handful of Wailers self-productions "Concrete Jungle," "Lively Up Yourself," "Satisfy My Soul", and a generous selection of Lee "Scratch" Perry's 1970 and 1971 work with the group "Mr. Brown," "Small Axe," "Kaya," "Soul Rebel," "Sun Is Shining," "Brand New Second Hand," "Duppy Conqueror," "Stand Alone". Perry also worked with Marley for brief periods in 1976 and 1977, and "Who Colt the Game," "I Know a Place," "Natural Mystic," and "Keep on Skanking" are included from those sessions. The end result isn't the essential Bob Marley & the Wailers, as the title proclaims, but it certainly contains tracks that are essential, particularly the Perry material. Serious fans of the Wailers will already have everything here, but for casual listeners looking for a well-sequenced set of the earlier years to augment the Island releases, this one fills the bill nicely.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2005
  • Label: SANCTUARY RECORDS
  • UPC: 060768051522
  • Catalog Number: 80515

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Soul Shakedown Party (3:09)
  2. 2 Caution (2:45)
  3. 3 Soul Rebel (3:19)
  4. 4 Stop the Train (2:23)
  5. 5 Sun Is Shining (2:16)
  6. 6 Adam and Eve (3:08)
  7. 7 Back Out (2:13)
  8. 8 Corner Stone (2:30)
  9. 9 Mr. Chatterbox (2:24)
  10. 10 Brand New Second Hand (3:13)
  11. 11 Duppy Conqueror (3:45)
  12. 12 Soul Captives (2:04)
  13. 13 Try Me (2:47)
  14. 14 Cheer Up (2:06)
  15. 15 Soul Almighty (2:42)
  16. 16 Four Hundred Years (3:32)
  17. 17 Mr. Brown (2:34)
  18. 18 All in One (Medley, Pt. 1) (3:34)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Lively Up Yourself (2:52)
  2. 2 Keep on Moving (3:10)
  3. 3 Small Axe (3:55)
  4. 4 Don't Rock the Boat (4:35)
  5. 5 Trenchtown Rock (2:58)
  6. 6 Kaya (2:40)
  7. 7 African Herbsman (2:25)
  8. 8 Down Presser (3:15)
  9. 9 Concrete Jungle (3:09)
  10. 10 Stand Alone (2:14)
  11. 11 Satisfy My Soul (2:09)
  12. 12 Fussing and Fighting (2:30)
  13. 13 Dreamland (2:45)
  14. 14 Keep on Skanking (3:30)
  15. 15 Natural Mystic (5:42)
  16. 16 Who Colt the Game (3:22)
  17. 17 I Know a Place (3:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Marley & the Wailers Primary Artist
Bob Marley Guitar, Vocals, Indexed Contributor
Bunny Livingston Vocals
Peter Tosh Vocals
Technical Credits
Richie Havens Composer
Bob Marley Composer, Producer
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Glen Adams Composer
Leslie Kong Producer
Bunny Lee Composer, Producer
Peter Tosh Composer
Lee "Scratch" Perry Producer, Audio Production
Roger Steffens Essay
Bill Flanagan Author
Neville Livingston Composer
Ted Pouder Producer
Mike Jason Executive Producer
Larry Lachmann Mastering
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