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Simmer Down at Studio One, Vol. 1
     

Simmer Down at Studio One, Vol. 1

by Bob Marley & the Wailers
 
Casual Bob Marley & the Wailers fans can be forgiven for assuming that the band began its career with the rise of reggae at the end of the '60s. Certainly a search through the reggae racks will not dissuade them from this view, so prevalent are the compilations that draw exclusively from this era. American fans are at a particular disadvantage, for at least in Britain

Overview

Casual Bob Marley & the Wailers fans can be forgiven for assuming that the band began its career with the rise of reggae at the end of the '60s. Certainly a search through the reggae racks will not dissuade them from this view, so prevalent are the compilations that draw exclusively from this era. American fans are at a particular disadvantage, for at least in Britain the group's earlier singles can sometimes be spotted at rummage sales or in Grandma's cupboard. And so Heartbeat now begins to seriously redress the balance with this superb compilation that resurrects the glory of the Wailers' early canon, all cut for Studio One in the mid-'60s. With collectors in mind, Simmer Down at Studio One includes one unreleased number, "This Train," as well as three alternate takes seeing the light of day for the first time. "Train," recorded in 1966, kicks off the album, but the rest of the set proceeds in chronological order, beginning with the group's debut 1963 single and first Jamaican hit, "Simmer Down," and ending with 1965's sweet-as-honey "Love and Affection." This is a far different group from that which began to emerge into international stardom in the reggae age; for starters the Wailers weren't a trio, but a quintet, and occasionally a sextet, with the lead shared around Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and band baby Junior Braithwaite, whose piping tones gave the group its distinctive sound. A number of the songs here were recut to greater or lesser effect in later years, including "Mr. Talkative" (aka "Mr. Chatterbox"), "Lonesome Feeling," "Love and Affection," and, of course, the mighty "One Love." This music has been too long neglected by archivists, and now fans can hear where it really all began for this iconoclastic band.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/1994
Label:
Heartbeat / Pgd
UPC:
0011661767126
catalogNumber:
617671

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Performance Credits

Bob Marley & the Wailers   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Bob Marley   Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Rita Marley   Vocals,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
Bobby Ellis   Trumpet
Marlene Gifford   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Vin Gordon   Trombone
Cherry Green   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Esmond Jarrett   Drums
Beverly Kelso   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Lloyd Knibbs   Drums
Bunny Livingston   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Carl McCloud   Drums
Tommy McCook   Tenor Saxophone
Danny McFarlane   Keyboards
Peter Tosh   Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Desi Miles   Bass
Trummie Miles   Trumpet
Jackie Mittoo   Keyboards
Johnny "Dizzy" Moore   Trumpet
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
Constantine Walker   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Seymour Walker   Alto Saxophone
Ranny   Guitar
Tony Wilson   Tenor Saxophone
"Deadly" Headley Bennett   Alto Saxophone
Bryan Atkinson   Bass

Technical Credits

Bob Marley   Composer
Leroy Jodie Pierson   Liner Notes
Junior Braithwaite   Composer
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd   Composer,Producer
King Sporty   Contributor,Vocal Effect
Trummie Miles   Contributor
Roger Steffens   Liner Notes
Neville Livingston   Composer

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