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Bob Marley & The Wailers: Gold

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

Obviously, the measure of any Bob Marley collection is Legend. While there is always more Marley to enjoy, can any compilation of hits match the eloquence or popularity of the original Marley best-of? Gold is nearly twice its size, but none of the songs it adds are less than essential. Most crucially, Gold embellishes the aspect of Marley’s career often overlooked by listeners who only go by Legend. Specifically, it balances his unparalleled talent for crossover songwriting with his devotion to ghetto reggae in its deepest darkest form. “Burnin’ and Lootin’,” “Positive Vibration,” and “Crazy Baldhead” may not be the songs that won Marley the attention of the global pop audience, but they are the songs that spoke to the Kingston dancehalls. If there can be one criticism of Legend, it is that it too easily glosses over that aspect of Marley’s art. Thankfully, Gold accords that material equal space, and thereby offers the casual Marley fan a more spiritually and sonically accurate portrayal of the man’s art.

Customer Reviews

Great Bob-Starter

I have every Bob Marley album and love all of his stuff and if I was introducing Bob Marley's music to someone I would definetly recommend this CD. It is most of his best songs wrapped into one CD. Legend used to be the good nutshell-Bob but this beat it. If you are just getting into Bob or just like him enough for one or two CDs, get this. The best 2-CD compilation of Bob Marley I have seen yet. -Taylor

Legend's replacement....?

I would have to agree with (...ahem) Demboyswashuge. For many years Legend was the best way for a Marley-newb to get acquainted with some of the Wailers' greatest hits, but this has pretty much all of the tracks from Legend with much, much more. I was never a fan of the "20th Century Remaster" greatest hits collections because they usually only had about 12 songs, but the new "Gold" series of greatest hits albums, which usually seem to span 2 discs, are much more thorough in cramming artists' entire careers into an only slightly condensed "sample" form. Terrific for new Marley fans, but don't bother if you're already Marley-obsessed. (Keep in mind, if you go all out and buy all the albums, you'll definitely end up with multiple copies of every song on Gold.)

Best Marley collection out there

This is really the best Bob Marley collection I've found, and the best deal. The songs are also better quality than many of the other collections I've heard. What I did was buy this album and the song "Three Little Birds" separately cuz that's the one song I thought this album was really lacking.


Born: February 6, 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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