Bob Marley

Silver Collection

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Keeping up with the constant flow of Bob Marley collections that are issued, most of them apparently hastily thrown together, could well be a full-time job, and the dubious licensing situation that has befallen much of Marley's pre-Island Records music means these various collections often have no discernible internal thematic pattern at all. That's the case here with this brief set, which ranges from Wailers' self-productions from 1967 through tracks done with Leslie Kong in 1970, Lee "Scratch" Perry in 1971, and Johnny Nash, also in 1971, and bounces all over the sonic map, with any illusion of consistency, whether sonically or historically, tossed right out the window. Marley deserves better treatment than this.

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