There are so many Bob Marley collections on the market (most of them reshuffling tracks Marley & the Wailers recorded with various Jamaican producers before breaking out internationally with Island Records in 1972) that issuing them has become a cottage industry all on its own. Luckily, although the legal and copyright waters might be a bit murky sometimes, these sets usually have some good stuff, and many fans feel that Marley's most interesting work was done before his international fame. This set draws largely from sessions Marley & the Wailers did with producer Lee “Scratch” Perry at Randy’s in Kingston between August 1970 and April 1971, and it includes classic early recordings of “Lively Up Yourself,” “Soul Rebel,” “Kaya,” “Fussing and Fighting,” and “African Herbsman,” among others. These tracks were cut when the group was arguably at its creative peak and paired with its most sympathetic and visionary producer. That said, there are dozens of sets like this on the market at any one time and they are what they are -- luckily, the music is pretty wonderful.
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AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett
Track Listing - Disc 1