Revolution Experience

Bob Marley

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Revolution Experience Review

by Steve Leggett

Bob Marley & the Wailers arguably did their best work with producer Lee "Scratch" Perry in 1969 and 1970, sessions that yielded some of the greatest reggae ever to come out of Jamaica. Unfortunately, the Perry tracks have been liberally licensed internationally, and hundreds of albums have been released under the Marley name, all containing various sequences of these same songs, often with dubious sound. Although the sound transfers are OK on Revolution Experience, the fact remains that it is yet another of these Perry repackages, with little to distinguish it from all the others. The Funkstar de Luxe club mixes of "Sun Is Shining" and "Rainbow Country" tacked on at the end of the disc are distracting at best, and in truth, completely irritating. The Wailers did marvelous music with Perry, and the best way to get it is in the Trojan six- disc box set called The Complete Upsetter Collection. Then you'll have everything from these legendary sessions, and you can ignore the countless reissues that make up probably half of your local record store's reggae section.

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