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Possibly the most influential reggae artist of all time, the late Bob Marley left a legacy in his wake of musical gems. For those wanting a taste of Bob's flavours, this album will serve up some treats. A twenty track best of album which picks his standout moments.
I adore the laidback vibe of 'I Shot The Sheriff' which boasts some glorious harmonies and a very minimal beat which suffices just fine, as Marley's vocals empower the song throughout. 'Get Up Stand Up' has a nagging rhythm which could well have influenced UB40 in later years. Not as accessible as some of Marley's later stuff, but lyrically astute and commanding.
'No Woman No Cry' is awash with emotion and no cover will come close to the atmosphere in this version. It is as tender as it is romantic. For something more potent, 'Exodus' requires you to sit up and take heed of the lyrics once again, as Marley invites you into a rich tapestry of carribean sounds and robust trumpets.
One of my favourites is the track 'Jamming' which is summery, fresh and sounds great in the hot hot sun. I think this works for me so well because it makes me think of sitting at a festival, getting high on music and life. The same kind of vibe is cast out by '3 Little Birds' which is so mellow it will melt the heart with the sweet reggae sounds.
Two of his best known tracks 'Is This Love' and 'Could You Be Loved' are ideal for dinner parties, with crossover pop appeal and plenty of sentiment to be found in the lyrics, they are two of the more commercially friendly moments.
If I had to single out a defining moment, I would plump for 'Iron Lion Zion' which just soars. I picture myself charging through Zion, naked, with the sun beating down on my back, covered in warpaint when I hear this. The chorus is addictive, the drum work is stunning and it is so darned catchy. This is a fine best of, all the biggies are here and some rarer treats too like 'Turn Your Lights Down Low.' Worth owning a copy.
Bob Marley: the name just echoes greatness wherever you hear it. If this is not the case, then you don not truly understand the power of his music. Used to unite the people, his music, in my personal opinion, will never be outclassed. Bob Marley's consistency is outstanding, every song I have heard by the music genius is indescribable. I love the way that they all tell a story, which is very uncommon in music nowadays. Listen to the charts currently and maybe one song out of twenty will come close to heart and tell you a story. But one even; theres a slim chance. Pretty much all music nowadays is materialistic: cars, women, money, sex. Why is it that music originating from Bob Marley and the like can end up this way? Yes guys that is a rhetorical questions, because truthfully, I don't want to know the answer. There is a very rare number of solo artists and/or groups that can state: 'we have not been commercialised'. I'm sure if Bob Marley were around today he would relish in saying those words, although it becomes clear to me that this quote may slowly be becoming incorrect. Dance songs covering original Bob Marley hits, what horrible injustice to such an amazing musical character. Until songs like this were released, I did not think it was possible to commercialise any songs written by Bob Marley, but it seems I have been proven wrong. But the thing is, why are we destroying classics? We should be following in the footsteps and creating our own new fresh talent, yet we just mix around and put our names on old songs that were previously hits. Wouldn't we all just rather listen to something original, something new, something that everyone knows the words to, yet you just don't get them anymore; shame.
Now, I know this most probably seems like a complete biased rant in favour of Bob Marley and all his music. But to be completely honest, as arrogant as it may be, I do not see how there can be another side to this argument. I generally steer away at any chance from sounding arrogant, but in this case, I am willing to make an exception.
If I had to name my favourite singer it would be Bob Marley or if I had to name my favourite group it would be Bob Marley and the Wailers. I love listening to the way he tells you about things in his songs, as most of us reggae fans know Bob sang many a song to inform the people of Jamaica what was going on. (By this I mean the people who couldn't read the newspapers) When there was so much unrest in the country. I own most of Bob Marleys Albums. Including...Rebel Music..Rastaman Vibration...Burnin...Natural mystic..survival.. To name a few. I knew this double album came out 29th October 2001, but money being strapped to waste on records, I had to resign myself to not having it and to be happy with what I had already got. It was about £15.99 to buy new. I think the price may have come down now by a few pounds in most major record stores. But lo and behold last week I went to a jumble sale in a neighbours garage and what was there sitting looking at me The One love double CD which has got 79 minutes of music for £4 who could turn there nose up at that, ME I haggled and got it for £3.50(why on earth did they want to sell such brilliant music is beyond me) Now I will name all of these superb songs as they are on the discs. I will also sing the first few words of the song in question so you can start and sing along with me. WARNING? I know you can't really hear me singing. BUT imagine it, you have just settled down to reading my review (I HOPE) and think to yourself yes, we'll have a bit of a sing song whilst smoking our joint and chilling. By smoking our joint I mean the joint of beef I forgot about in the oven, that is now slightly burnt because this op took me such a long time to write. That's another subject though. As I was saying, imagine me singing I'm tone deaf slightly mad but still love groaning along with Bob. So relax and enjoy these brilliant songs. DISC ONE
.. 1. Stir It Up (Stir it up, little darlin, stir it up) 2. Get Up Stand Up (Get Up, Stand Up, stand up for your right) 3. I Shot The Sheriff (I shot the sheriff, but I didn't shoot no deputy) 4. Lively Up Yourself (You're gonna lively up yourself) 5. No Woman No Cry (No woman, no cry) 6. Roots, Rock, Reggae (Play I some music, this a reggae music) 7. Exodus (Exodus, movement of Jah people) Meaning Gods people. 8. Jamming (Ooh, yeah! All right! We're jamming ) 9. Waiting In Vain (I don't wanna wait in vain for your love) 10. Three Little Birds (Don't worry about a thing ) 11. Turn Your Lights Down Low ( Turn your lights down low) 12. One Love/People Get Ready (One love one heart) 13. Is This Love ( I wanna love you and treat you right) 14. Sun Is Shining (Sun is shining, the weather is sweet ) 15. So Much Trouble In The World (So much trouble in the world now)16. Could You Be Loved (Could you be loved and be loved ) 17. Redemption Song ( Old pirates yes they rob I ) 18. Buffalo Soldier (Buffalo Soldier, Dreadlock Rasta) 19. Iron Lion Zion ( I'm on the rock then I check the stock) 20. I Know A Place ( When the whole world lets you down) DISC TWO. 1.Concrete Jungle (No sun will shine in my day today) 2. Burnin' And Lootin (This morning I woke up in a curfew) 3. Rebel Music (Do do do do do do do, I rebel music) 4. Jah Live (Jah live, children, ye-ah) 5. Positive Vibration (Live if you want to live) 6. Smile Jamaica (Feeling out, feeling down) 7. Natural Mystic (There's a natural mystic flowing through the air) 8. Punky Reggae Party (Punky punky punk said you're gonna punky) 9. Satisfy My Soul (Satisfy our souls) 10. Africa Unite (Africa unite, cause we're moving right out of Africa)11. Coming In From The Cold (In this life, in this life, in this life) 12. Rastaman Live Up (Rasta man
live up) 13 Who Colt The Game When you buy this CD you will notice that the picture on the front of the CD case shows Bob in his younger years when his Rasta plaits where still in their growth period, which was a little bit disappointing for me as I just loved admiring his plaits when they had grown to a decent length. What more can I say buy this CD if you have the chance and listen carefully to the words of each song and a story evolves of what he was trying to tell us (In most songs) and enjoy.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Stir It Up [Edit] - Bob Marley
2 Get Up, Stand Up
3 I Shot the Sheriff
4 Lively Up Yourself
5 No Woman, No Cry [Live]
6 Roots, Rock, Reggae
7 Exodus [Single Version]
9 Waiting in Vain
10 Three Little Birds
11 Turn Your Lights Down Low
12 One Love/People Get Ready
13 Is This Love
14 Sun Is Shining - Bob Marley
15 So Much Trouble in the World
16 Could You Be Loved
17 Redemption Song [Band Version]
18 Buffalo Soldier [Single Version]
19 Iron Lion Zion
20 I Know a Place [#]