Bob Marley & the Wailers

Hot Hot Reggae

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Recycling nine of the tracks that appeared on the label's 1994 two-CD Bob Marley & the Wailers compilation King of Reggae, Madacy tightened the screws and gouged fans with this 1995 single-CD set, Hot Hot Reggae. If you already plunked out for the double, the only numbers this adds are "Lively Up Yourself," "Small Axe," and "Duppy Conqueror" -- i.e., three notable fan faves. Then again, compilations dedicated to the Wailers' early reggae material are now descending upon customers like locusts, and this chaotic collection of mostly Lee Perry productions, with a pair of Johnny Nash/Danny Sims and a sole Leslie Kong offering further mashing the mix, is a poor place to start. For hardcore fans, best to wait for a multi-set roundup that betters your chances of filling in any gaps. As for newbies, good luck: virtually every compilation out there is a mix of hits and throwaways, so you have your work cut out for you.

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