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Complete Wailers 2: 1967-72
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop
The second installment of the "lost" Bob Marley and the Wailers tracks is like a cache of buried treasure. As was the case with the heralded first collection, this three-CD set, which covers Marley and the Wailers from... more »
The second installment of the "lost" Bob Marley and the Wailers tracks is like a cache of buried treasure. As was the case with the heralded first collection, this three-CD set, which covers Marley and the Wailers from 1970-1971, have their origins in the early sessions Marley did for the JAD label. Due to a myriad of twisted legal reasons, these sessions (another set is due out shortly) were never released outside of Jamaica. Many of the songs on this superb anthology would ultimately be recorded again by Marley and his band under Chris Blackwell's watch. What helps make this collection essential is that the man at boards is Lee "Scratch" Perry, the once and future God of Dub and beyond. Check out Perry's more sped up, rawer version of "Four Hundred Years" (later retitled "400 Years" and released on Catch a Fire--or the numerous dub and instrumentals, all of which shine a light on the Wailers as a band. With many familiar cuts ("Kaya," "African Herbsman," an early version of "Who the Cap Fits") and previously unheard songs, some of which never made it out of sound systems in Kingston, this is an intoxicating look at works in progress and the development of a sound and an icon. --Amy Linden
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"Don't be put off by the slurs dished out by the New York so-called Reggae fan and the various aliases he uses on this and other reviews of the accompanying CD's in this series. This is not another shady repackaging of Marley cast offs like so many before it. This is finally a decent collection of the seminal Lee Perry originals recorded by The Wailers in Jamaica before signing to Island. Absolute solid gold reggae and true reggae fans know that when they hear/see it. Roger Steffens would never in a million years put his name to another substandard cash-in. Stick to 'Legend' Mr Rhode Island/NYC and leave the really good Marley stuff to people who know what they're talking about!"
Forget Bob! 'Scratch' is the real jewel of this set!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While this volume of the Complete Wailers set offers a nice perspective of the original recordings of the Wailers, it is made much more impresive by the fine tracks of producer/studio legend Lee "Scratch" Perry. Scratch's versions show his true genius at the dials and the inevitable evolution of dub. This album should impress dub fans much more than it impresses reggae fans. It is far from the sleepy spacey dub of Tubby and his disciples (which is amazingly beautiful in its own way, don't get me wrong). Perry's versions show the up-beat dance-able potential of instrumental reggae. Of special note are the versions on disc 3 of Kaya and Small Axe (especially Axe Man which features some seriously killer nyabinghi drumming). Wailers fans, buy Vol. 1 of this series. Dub fans, buy Vol. 2. Music fans, buy both!"
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD set is absolutely awesome!!! Here is Bob Marley in his formative years, before he became widely known. Here is raw effort and enthusiasm; the product of a hard-working musician working hard. This CD portrays not only the birth of a legendary musician, but the birth of an entire genre of music. Bob's music is uplifting, easygoing, feel-good, and spiritual notwithstanding that his lyrics address primarily the plight of the downtrodden. I would rarely give any CD a five star rating, but I would give this one six stars if I could. I own over a thousand CDs and this is clearly one of my best."