Bob Marley

The Roots of a Legend [Charly]

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Yet another collection of the tracks Bob Marley & the Wailers recorded with producer Lee "Scratch" Perry between August 1970 and April 1971 at Randy's in Kingston, along with some Wailers self-productions from the same time period, this two-disc set travels the same ground that countless other compilations have already covered in similar fashion. The music is great (there are many who feel that the sides Marley and company cut with Perry are the best Marley ever did), but nothing here is exactly news to Marley fanatics, who will most certainly already have everything here. One could quibble, too, that this collection captures "the roots of a legend," since the Wailers are at a clear peak during these sessions, and Marley's musical roots go much further back into the ska era. These sides will come as a revelation, though, to those who have only heard the later and much slicker Island releases.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:42
2 2:49
3 3:32
4 3:56
5 2:41
6 2:44
7 3:36
8 2:29
9 3:36
10 2:16
11 2:53
12 2:30
13 3:30
14 2:30
15 2:48
16 2:59
17 2:34
18 2:38
19 2:13
20 2:44
21 2:14
22 2:12
23 2:34
24 3:37
25 3:23

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:09
2 3:09
3 3:10
4 3:21
5 3:36
6 2:10
7 2:44
8 2:26
9 2:21
10 2:34
11 2:46
12 2:41
13 3:12
14 2:55
15 2:18
16 2:04
17 3:03
18 5:45
19 2:23
20 3:05
21 2:38
22 2:41
23 4:31
24 3:06
25 2:09
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