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Although there are those who feel that Bob Marley's pre-Island Records output, particularly his work with producer and auteur Lee "Scratch" Perry in 1970 and 1971, is the way to go, the material Marley recorded for Island from 1972 until his death in 1981 is still what most listeners are familiar with and it undeniably informs the public perception of his legacy. Smoothed out and polished, westernized with lead guitars and other commercial touches, the Island material was both slightly less Jamaican and more rock oriented than Marley's earlier efforts, and there is no doubt that these subtle refinements were instrumental in breaking him in the U.S. and elsewhere, leading to his international reputation, where he is revered as a cultural icon. Marley truly deserved his success, though, since aside from being a brilliant songwriter and charismatic live performer, he also clearly understood the business side of things, and few musicians have better mixed politics, religion, fun and hard-eyed bottom line business sense into one complete package of partying and public responsibility. This generous two-disc, 34-track anthology lifts a song or two from each of Marley's 11 Island LPs, and while one could quibble about some omissions (why no "Three Little Birds," for instance?), it really does a remarkable job of charting the fast, ascending arc (Marley essentially released a little over an album a year during his Island period) that led to his international stardom. The essentials are here, from "I Shot the Sheriff," "Concrete Jungle," "Rebel Music," and "No Woman No Cry," to later gems like "Exodus," the beautiful "So Much Trouble in the World," and the posthumously released "Buffalo Soldier." Longer and with more tracks than Legend (even in its deluxe edition), Gold is ideal for listeners who want the cream of the Island years in one package.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/11/2005
Label: Island
UPC: 0602498268308
catalogNumber: 000400802
Rank: 35613


Disc 1

  1. Stir It Up
  2. Slave Driver
  3. Concrete Jungle
  4. Get Up, Stand Up
  5. I Shot the Sheriff
  6. Burnin' and Lootin'
  7. Lively Up Yourself
  8. Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock)
  9. Trenchtown Rock
  10. No Woman No Cry
  11. Jah Live
  12. Positive Vibration
  13. Roots, Rock, Reggae
  14. Crazy Baldhead
  15. Natural Mystic
  16. Exodus
  17. Jamming

Disc 2

  1. One Love/People Get Ready
  2. Waiting in Vain
  3. Punky Reggae Party
  4. Is This Love
  5. Sun Is Shining
  6. Satisfy My Soul
  7. Kinky Reggae
  8. War/No More Trouble
  9. So Much Trouble in the World
  10. Africa Unite
  11. One Drop
  12. Could You Be Loved
  13. Coming in from the Cold
  14. Redemption Song
  15. Buffalo Soldier
  16. Rastaman Live Up!
  17. Iron Lion Zion

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Marley & the Wailers   Primary Artist
Joe Higgs   Percussion,Background Vocals
Bob Marley   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Rita Marley   Background Vocals
Judy Mowatt   Background Vocals
Aston Barrett   Percussion,Bass Guitar
Carlton "Carly" Barrett   Percussion,Drums
Tyrone Downie   Bass,Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Marcia Griffiths   Background Vocals
Bernard Touter Harvey   Organ,Piano
Donald Kinsey   Guitar
Earl Lindo   Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Bunny Livingston   Bongos,Conga,Vocals
Julian Marvin   Guitar,Background Vocals
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Guitar,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar
Peter McIntosh   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Alvin "Seeco" Patterson   Percussion
Anderson   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bob Marley   Composer,Producer
Rita Marley   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Steve Smith   Producer
Aston Barrett   Composer
Carlton "Carly" Barrett   Composer
Chris Blackwell   Producer
Errol Brown   Producer
Ingmar Kiang   Producer
Peter Tosh   Composer
Lee "Scratch" Perry   Composer,Producer
Alex Sadkin   Producer
Wailers   Producer
Trevor Wyatt   Producer
Allen Cole   Composer
Vincent Ford   Composer
Jane Hitchin   Tape Research
David Lascelles   Tape Research
Zoe Roberts   Tape Research
Scott Schinder   Liner Notes
Howard Kim   Cover Design

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