Bob Marley / Bob Marley & the Wailers

Trenchtown Rock: The Anthology 1969-78

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Bob Marley compilations are a dime a dozen and it can be pretty hard to know where to start. Those beginning from scratch who want the gentlest and most comprehensive overview can still do best by starting with the celebrated Legend best-of, especially in its two-disc deluxe reissue of 2002. But those who are already somewhat familiar with Marley's oeuvre and wish to delve more deeply into his earlier and harder-edged work will do well to pick up this generously packed two-disc set, which draws heavily on the Wailers' work with producers Leslie Kong and, especially, the gifted psychopath Lee "Scratch" Perry. Many of these 51 songs are acknowledged classics, though not all are of equal worth: "Soul Rebel," "Kaya," and the defiant "Small Axe" remain among the most powerful of Marley's compositions, while the militant Peter Tosh showcases "Four Hundred Years" and "Down Pressor" are classics of the latter's somewhat smaller catalog. Whether "Mr. Brown," with its heavy synthesizer part, and the rather cloying "All in One" medley are worth more than one or two listens is up to debate. Taken as a whole, however, this is a remarkable document of one of popular music's most powerful voices. Highly recommended.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:09
2 3:22 Spotify
3 3:15 Spotify
4 2:22 Spotify
5 2:23 Spotify
6 2:04 Spotify
7 2:45 Spotify
8 2:44 Spotify
9 3:09 Spotify
10 3:14 Spotify
11 2:21 Spotify
12 2:45 Spotify
13 2:13 Spotify
14 2:05 Spotify
15 3:35 SpotifyAmazon
16 2:47 Spotify
17 2:15 Spotify
18 3:44 Spotify
19 3:18 Spotify
20 3:14 Spotify
21
3:32
22 3:31 Spotify
23 2:43 Spotify
24 2:30 Spotify
25 2:33 Spotify
26 2:09 Spotify
27 2:48

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:55 Spotify
2 4:23 Spotify
3 4:34 Spotify
4 2:44 SpotifyAmazon
5 3:34 SpotifyAmazon
6 2:30 Spotify
7 2:39 Spotify
8 2:13 Spotify
9 3:10 Spotify
10 2:25 Spotify
11 3:13 Spotify
12 2:58 Spotify
13 2:51 Spotify
14 3:10 Spotify
15 3:12 Spotify
16 3:09 SpotifyAmazon
17 2:08 Spotify
18 2:27 Spotify
19 2:36 Spotify
20 3:29 Spotify
21 4:26 Spotify
22 5:42 Spotify
23 3:54 Spotify
24 3:22 Spotify
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