One listens to this album feeling competent that one knows these songs back to front. You sing along as you have so often while blasting similar compilations when suddenly, the words change a bit. The intonations of Bob's voice twist in new directions. The music isn't exactly as you remember it. What's going on?
Any true Marley fan suffered through the early-'90s collecting CDs of early Wailers tracks on poor-quality imports that were made using someone's well-played 45s as the masters. Here, Culture Press delivers a rare treat. Well aware that the majority of Marley fans already have most of the Wailers' material from the Perry years, the label went the extra mile. Somehow, the company dug up unreleased alternate takes and compiled a track list of familiar songs using versions that have been well-hidden in dusty vaults. An overlooked, yet superior set, THE COMPLETE SOUL REBELS & THE UPSETTER RECORD SHOP is an absolute must for your collection.