Bob Marley

Lively Up Yourself/Sun is Shining

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This double-CD set collects an extensive variety of early-'70s Bob Marley & the Wailers tracks, recorded by the legendary Jamaican producer Lee Perry. Perry made a huge difference to the band's sound, replacing the polite ska rhythms of the '60s with upfront rhythm guitar and bass, and Carlton Barrett's exemplary one-drop reggae drumming, and bringing Marley's increasingly confident vocals to the fore. The difference is notable, particularly on "Duppy Conqueror," later rerecorded for 1973's Burnin', and "Lively Up Yourself," later redone for 1975's Natty Dread. Peter Tosh's vocal on "Go Tell It on the Mountain" has the authority of a Biblical prophet, and sounds equally convincing on the sufferers' anthem "400 Years," while early versions of "Trench Town Rock," "Kaya," and "Small Axe" provide plenty of material for Marley musical archaeologists.

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