One can only imagine the reaction of the unsuspecting consumer, knowing little of Bob Marley & the Wailers beyond the big Island albums, wandering innocently up to the reggae racks (already collapsing under the weight of so many compilations) and choosing this one out of sheer curiosity. A dozen tracks are pretty slim pickings to begin with, automatically making this set a poor choice, worsened by the mishmash of material within. Those who know better are already smiling smugly, well aware of what's to come once the poor sucker sticks this on his stereo. Yes, this is a yet another cash-in comp dedicated to the early reggae years, and the compiler is probably proud of the fact that instead of dedicating the set like so many others exclusively to Lee Perry productions, five of the tracks within are bland offerings served up by the production team of Johnny Nash and Danny Sims, while a sixth is a less than stellar number cut for Bunny Lee. It's far from a best-of and by no means a rarities set, and the paucity of tracks and egregious sequencing only add insult to injury. Which isn't to say there isn't good material on this set -- there is some, but you can find it and much more elsewhere.
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AllMusic Review by Jo-Ann Greene