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The Complete Wailers: 1967-1972, Part 1
Bob Marley and the Wailers
The Complete Wailers: 1967-1972, Part 1
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop
 
  •  Track Listings (16) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (17) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #3

While the Wailers catalog is littered with bootlegs, cheap one-offs, and a bucketful of "unofficial" releases, a comprehensive document of the band in its early years has yet to surface. The Complete Wailers--bugs and all-...  more »

      
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All Artists: Bob Marley and the Wailers
Title: The Complete Wailers: 1967-1972, Part 1
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Jad Records (Koch)
Original Release Date: 3/17/1998
Release Date: 3/17/1998
Album Type: Box set
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop
Styles: Ska, Caribbean & Cuba, Reggae
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaCD Credits: 3
UPC: 606221100224

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While the Wailers catalog is littered with bootlegs, cheap one-offs, and a bucketful of "unofficial" releases, a comprehensive document of the band in its early years has yet to surface. The Complete Wailers--bugs and all--may be as close as we ever get to that elusive portrait of the world's greatest reggae band. Though hampered by clumsy packaging and hard-to-follow liner notes, these recordings sound light-years better than most of the scratchy, poorly recorded early Wailers material previously available. What we discover is a band reaching to find its own voice. The Wailers attempt doo-wop, soul, R&B, and rock steady and only begin to hint at the soul power they would find in reggae. Despite the tentative feel on many of these songs, the undeniable talent of the "proto" Wailers is unmistakable. Rita Marley appears as the rock solid force supporting the platform from which Peter Tosh and Bob Marley sprung. Tosh, for his part, is the real surprise here, already showing the jaunty, take-no-prisoners delivery that made him so unique. Marley is all over the stylistic map--trying on pop, love songs, standards, anything to try to capture the sense of urgency that would later become the band's hallmark. An interesting historical marker. --S. Duda

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Don't Believe the Hype
Windel Wesson | 10/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Anyone who gave this set a poor review is not a true Marley fan and does not understand anything about Bob Marley's estate and who is profiting from this box set. THE VAST MAJORITY of the profits from this set GO DIRECTLY TO THE ESTATES of BOB MARLEY, PETER TOSH, and BUNNY WAILER. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. This is one of the few earlier Marley compilations where Bob and the rest of the Wailers are being given PROPER ROYALTIES. I know for a fact that this is the case as I have had an e-mail correspondence with Mr. Roger Steffens, the world's foremost expert on Bob Marley as well as one of the gentlemen who compiled this set. THIS IS AN AMAZING SET - no other Bob Marley collection encompasses his earlier work as well as this one. I would also STRONGLY SUGGEST picking up Part II, which is just as good! One Heart."
A Must Have For All Early Wailers Fans
Windel Wesson | Edmonton Alberta | 02/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This box set contains some classic compositions from all of The Wailers. Many of these songs are original versions of songs which would later be recut. Included in these are Marley's Bend Down Low (Later featured on the Natty Dread Album), Put It On (Recut again for Leslie Kong and then recorder for the third time in 1973 for the Burnin' album), Don't Rock My Boat (Later appears on the Kaya album as Satisfy My Soul). Peter Tosh has many original versions of 70's and 80's hits contained here are Stop That Train (Appears on The Wailers Island Deput Catch A Fire and again on Peter Tosh's Mystic Man Album), Soon Come (Apeears on the Bush Doctor Album), and Can't You See (Appearing on the Mystic Man Album). Even Bunny Wailer has an older version of This Train (Would later appear on his deput solo album Blackheart Man). Apart from these are many classic tracks which are a must have for all Wailers fans. This Box Set contains some of the best rocksteady matierial available. Truly brilliant."
Rock to the rock
Jeremy Mccormick | 04/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I can't fathom the low-star reviews on this set. Maybe some people think Bob Marley only played reggae and are looking only for that specific sound. Actually, he went through the whole spectrum of ska, rocksteady, reggae, roots, etc. Some of my favorite work is from his ska and rocksteady periods. These discs are from the classic rocksteady period, with great beats, lovely background vocals, soulful Bob Marley leads, and a strong influence from soul music.

Some of my favorite tracks:

Rock to the Rock
Rocking Steady
Soul Rebel
Put it On
Don't Rock My Boat
This Train

This is some of my favorite Wailers music of all time. IMHO, you can't go wrong with these 3 discs, especially if you can pick them up for $18 - 20."