Bob Marley & the Wailers

The Complete Upsetter Collection

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The singles that Bob Marley and the Wailers cut for Lee Perry's Upsetter label in the late '60s and early '70s are among some of the most historically significant in reggae. They mark Marley's break with the ska and rock-steady styles of the mid-'60s and the beginning of his mature reggae sound. Of course, historical significance doesn't always translate into musical enjoyment, but in this case it definitely does. The band, which had formed the core of Perry's mighty Upsetters studio group, gives up slow, churning grooves that move with a tremendous, ponderous energy, like an elephant charging. Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer sing harmonies that are rarely smooth and never exactly pleasant, but always somehow beautiful.

This six-disc box set includes every track known to have been recorded by the Wailers for the Upsetter label, and the resulting program may be a bit daunting for all but the most dedicated fans. The song list includes such immortal material as "Small Axe," "Put It On," "African Herbsman," and "Soul Rebel" (not to mention relative obscurities like "Riding High" and "Who Colt the Game"), but when dub versions, alternate takes, alternate mixes, and deejay versions are taken into account, there are as many as five versions each of many of these songs on the program; it's also worth noting that at this point in Perry's development as a producer, his "dub versions" were little more than unadorned instrumental tracks. For Marley completists and reggae scholars, however, this box is a treasure trove, and anyone can appreciate the impeccable sound quality, not to mention the sheer musical solidity of these performances. It would be an exaggeration to say that every reggae fan must own this box, but anyone with a serious interest in reggae history should certainly consider it.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: Bob Marley
3:20 SpotifyAmazon
2 2:54 SpotifyAmazon
3
feat: Bob Marley
3:18 Spotify
4 2:42 SpotifyAmazon
5
feat: Bob Marley
3:12 Amazon
6
feat: Bob Marley
3:07 SpotifyAmazon
7 2:56 SpotifyAmazon
8
feat: Bob Marley
2:36 SpotifyAmazon
9 2:33 SpotifyAmazon
10
feat: Bob Marley
2:31 SpotifyAmazon
11
feat: Bob Marley
2:52 SpotifyAmazon
12 2:24 SpotifyAmazon
13
feat: Bob Marley
3:35 SpotifyAmazon
14 3:14 SpotifyAmazon
15
feat: Bob Marley
2:48 SpotifyAmazon
16 2:47 SpotifyAmazon
17
feat: Bob Marley
2:29 SpotifyAmazon
18 2:24 SpotifyAmazon
19
feat: Bob Marley
2:27 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: Bob Marley
2:54 Amazon
2 2:43 Amazon
3
feat: Bob Marley
2:34 SpotifyAmazon
4 2:47 SpotifyAmazon
5
feat: Bob Marley
3:36 SpotifyAmazon
6 3:33 SpotifyAmazon
7
feat: Bob Marley
3:28 SpotifyAmazon
8 3:19 SpotifyAmazon
9 3:32 SpotifyAmazon
10
feat: Bob Marley
3:25 SpotifyAmazon
11 3:24 SpotifyAmazon
12
2:44 SpotifyAmazon
13
3:10 SpotifyAmazon
14 3:18 SpotifyAmazon
15 3:17 SpotifyAmazon
16
feat: Bob Marley
3:25 SpotifyAmazon
17 3:23 SpotifyAmazon
18
3:51 SpotifyAmazon
19
feat: Bob Marley
3:00 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: Bob Marley
3:34 SpotifyAmazon
2 2:54 SpotifyAmazon
3
feat: Bob Marley
3:56 SpotifyAmazon
4 3:31 SpotifyAmazon
5 3:31 SpotifyAmazon
6 3:17 SpotifyAmazon
7
feat: Bob Marley
4:09 SpotifyAmazon
8 2:48 SpotifyAmazon
9 2:54 SpotifyAmazon
10 2:58 SpotifyAmazon
11 2:45 SpotifyAmazon
12
2:27 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:25 SpotifyAmazon
14
2:38 SpotifyAmazon
15
feat: Bob Marley
2:22 Amazon
16
feat: Bob Marley
2:04 Amazon
17 3:06 Amazon
18 3:13 SpotifyAmazon
19 3:12 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: Bob Marley
3:05 SpotifyAmazon
2 3:03 SpotifyAmazon
3
feat: Bob Marley
2:48 Amazon
4 2:58 Amazon
5
feat: Bob Marley
3:02 Amazon
6
feat: Bob Marley
3:20 SpotifyAmazon
7 3:24 SpotifyAmazon
8
feat: Bob Marley
3:32 Amazon
9
2:38 Amazon
10
feat: Bob Marley
3:08 Spotify
11 3:06 SpotifyAmazon
12 3:00 SpotifyAmazon
13 3:10 SpotifyAmazon
14 4:34 SpotifyAmazon
15 4:32 SpotifyAmazon
16 4:17 SpotifyAmazon
17 2:49 SpotifyAmazon
18 2:49 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: Bob Marley
4:02 SpotifyAmazon
2 3:32 SpotifyAmazon
3
feat: Bob Marley
2:30 SpotifyAmazon
4 2:29 SpotifyAmazon
5 2:10 SpotifyAmazon
6 2:09 SpotifyAmazon
7
feat: Bob Marley
2:47 SpotifyAmazon
8 2:46 SpotifyAmazon
9
feat: Bob Marley
2:39 Spotify
10 2:38 SpotifyAmazon
11
feat: Bob Marley
2:36 SpotifyAmazon
12
feat: Bob Marley
2:25 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:23 SpotifyAmazon
14
feat: Bob Marley
2:13 SpotifyAmazon
15 2:11 SpotifyAmazon
16
feat: Bob Marley
2:11 SpotifyAmazon
17 2:11 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: Bob Marley
2:39 SpotifyAmazon
2 2:41 SpotifyAmazon
3 3:11 SpotifyAmazon
4 3:06 SpotifyAmazon
5 3:58 SpotifyAmazon
6
feat: Bob Marley
3:09 SpotifyAmazon
7 3:06 SpotifyAmazon
8
feat: Bob Marley
4:27 SpotifyAmazon
9 3:35 SpotifyAmazon
10
feat: Bob Marley
2:08 SpotifyAmazon
11 2:58 SpotifyAmazon
12
feat: Bob Marley
3:22 SpotifyAmazon
13
feat: Bob Marley
5:41 SpotifyAmazon
14 6:05 SpotifyAmazon
15
feat: Bob Marley
3:55 SpotifyAmazon
16 3:36 SpotifyAmazon
17
feat: Bob Marley
3:21 SpotifyAmazon
18 3:30 SpotifyAmazon
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