Bob Marley

Put It On

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PUT IT ON is a strong compilation of material from the incredibly fertile period in the late '60s/early '70s that saw Marley working with producer Lee Perry. At the time of these recordings, the Wailers had yet to achieve any international recognition. The selections here therefore offer an overview of the group's style and of its direction at the time. Marked by a hybrid of pulsing island polyrhythms and Black American music from the '50s and early '60s (including doo-wop and R&B), Marley's music is both adventurous and commercially viable. Best of all, though, is the songwriting, superb even at this early stage. There's hardly a dud in the set, and many--"Kaya," "Don't Rock My Boat," and "Duppy Conqueror," to name only a few--remain classics. This disc is a well-rounded representation of the Wailers' early work and an outstanding addition to any Marley library.

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