Bob Marley

Bob Marley [Hallmark]

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There are countless Bob Marley collections out there, and more each year, most of them made up of Marley & the Wailers' pre-Island Records recordings done initially for the Jamaican market, and many of these are rather random, thrown-together affairs, possibly legally dubious, reshuffling the same tracks in various configurations, often without liner notes or much annotation. The recordings are generally rougher, grittier, and less sound-expansive than Marley's more polished (and tightly copyright controlled) Island releases, and they're definitely more Jamaican in feel. This three-disc set is fairly typical, collecting tracks recorded by the Wailers with producers Leslie Kong, Ted Powder, and Lee "Scratch" Perry, as well as some Wailers self-productions, between 1969 and 1972 (when Marley and the group signed with Island Records). Sonically, it's often hit or miss with these sides, but there are many who feel that this productive pre-Island period features the best and most free-flowing creative material the Wailers and Marley ever recorded.

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