In the Beginning features a number of early songs by Bob Marley & the Wailers, and is one of the better best-ofs chronicling Marley's early work. There's no shortage of collections out there that showcase Marley's early years. However, most of these other best-ofs tend to be of wavering quality, many being genuine shams. That isn't the case with In the Beginning, though. Released by the Trojan label, this best-of features key moments like Peter Tosh's "Stop the Train" and the album-opening "Soul Shakedown Party." It should be noted that Bob Marley & the Wailers' early work isn't quite on par with their '70s albums for Island. Yet even if this collection doesn't quite measure up to albums like Catch a Fire, it's still a revealing listen -- it will help you understand Marley's roots.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier