Bob Marley & the Wailers

Rasta Revolution

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While Rasta Revolution contains the duplicate cuts "400 Years" and "Duppy Conqueror" from African Herbsman and is from roughly the same early-'70s period, there is a distinctly mellow feel to the record. Souful and subdued bass-led roots tracks are the foundation here, as exemplified by the pulsing "Try Me" and the playful yet stinging "Rebel's Hop." Produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry, Rasta Revolution contains some tracks that rank among the best music Bob Marley & the Wailers were to produce. Most notable is the stirring "Soul Rebel," which features a beautiful blending of Marley's plaintive singing accompanied by the Wailers' tight backing harmonies. Also excellent are "Reaction," the very danceable "It's Alright," and of course, the almost psychedelic "Mr. Brown." While not quite as consistent as African Herbsman and Catch a Fire, Rasta Revolution captures Bob Marley & the Wailers at their peak.

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