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Album Review

Originally issued only in Jamaica, this Lee Perry/Bob Marley-produced early-'70s album saw the Wailers continue their move from their ska and rocksteady roots to a more sparely produced form of early reggae, also moving toward more spiritual concerns and aspirations toward peaceful brotherhood in their lyrics. Actually, for a Lee Perry production it's rather on the basic no-frills side, with a stark ambience highlighting the vocal harmonies and throbbing bass. Few of these songs were destined to become among the more widely hailed efforts in the repertoire of Marley (who wrote most of the songs) or the Wailers — "Don't Rock My Boat," "Duppy Conqueror" (titled "Duppy Conqueror V/4" on the CD reissue), and "Sun Is Shining" are about the most acclaimed of them. But it's a respectably strong set of material, with some mighty strong harmonies that echo their early heroes the Impressions (in fact, they cover Curtis Mayfield's "Keep On Moving" here) and dabs of light organ and melodica adding some color to the mix. [The 2004 CD reissue on JAD/Universal adds alternate takes of "Kaya" and "Duppy Conqueror," though the packaging has nothing else in the way of extras, the liner notes comprising a mere paragraph.]


Born: 06 February 1945 in St. Ann, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

Reggae's most transcendent and iconic figure, Bob Marley was the first Jamaican artist to achieve international superstardom, in the process introducing the music of his native island nation to the far-flung corners of the globe. Marley's music gave voice to the day-to-day struggles of the Jamaican experience, vividly capturing not only the plight of the country's impoverished and oppressed but also the devout spirituality that remains their source of strength. His songs of faith, devotion, and revolution...
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