Bob Marley & the Wailers

Wailers and Friends

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Wailers and Friends gathers 18 songs, mostly by other Studio One artists, which feature the Wailers -- Bob Marley, Bunny Livingston, and Peter Tosh -- as a backing vocal group. Delroy Wilson, Rita Marley and the Soulettes, and Jackie Opel all have several tunes present, and the Skatalites often serve as the backing band. There are a couple of cuts attributed to Bob Marley and the Wailers, as well as two duets featuring Wailers members, but most of the emphasis is on the group as a background unit. In spite of that fact, though, the compilation is a much better listen than some might be led to believe; it is Studio One, after all, and the backup musicians and vocalists help lend a crackling energy to many of the songs here, even when the lead vocalists aren't all that distinctive.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:16
2 2:15
3
3:09
4 3:15
5 2:56
6 2:24
7 2:14
8
3:10
9 2:17
10
3:05
11 2:21
12 2:50
13 2:39
14 3:53
15 2:42
16 2:06
17 2:34
18 2:19
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