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Album Review: Bob Marley and The Wailers – Marley (Soundtrack)

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Bob Marley has remained a popular staple in the world of music long after his untimely death back in 1981 and the music icon is soon to be the topic of a new documentary film scheduled for theatrical release at the end of the month. Directed by filmmaker Kevin MacDonald, Marley tells the life of reggae royalty and comes complete with a soundtrack of Marley pennings to coincide with the films release.

BobMarleyBob Marley shaped the way reggae music was heard by the world and grew to become not only the biggest selling reggae artist in history but also one of the most influential musicians that still continues to sell countless records today, 31 years after the stars death.

Over the course of 16 years Bob Marley and his band, The Wailers, produced countless top selling records and racked up an impressive number of globally successful singles, most of which are pieced together to create this latest collection.

The soundtrack contains a weighty track-listing consisting of 25 Bob Marley gems. The added bonus of the record is that we are offered not only the singers greatest and most adored releases that made the star the icon that we know of today but also a large variety of rare Marley tracks and live versions of some of the stars most influential pennings.

The obvious hits are here; Stir It Up, Get Up Stand Up, Could You Be Loved and One Love. The extras are the real draw to this record however. Throughout the duration of the collection we are offered a number of live performances from the star and his band that make this compilation a top quality listen.

Trenchtown Rock is a nice addition to the record in a live form, recorded at the Roxy Theatre while a Lyceum Theatre concert gets a double dose of limelight as we hear stunning and high quality live renditions of the iconic No Woman No Cry and I Shot The Sheriff.

It was always going to be a challenging task selecting what songs would feature on the soundtrack and represent the life of reggae’s most prolific artist but they seem to have really hit the nail on the head with this one and instead of letting the album become just another greatest hits package, the soundtrack of Marley contains a lot more that just your international and commercial hits but a fine selection of live and unreleased Jamaican gems.

The order of the track-listing is kept in sync with Marley’s career, early hits including Simmer Down from his musical debut and Corner Stone begin the collection and guides us through the years ending with his later international hits, Could You Be Loved and Redemption Song, rounding off a record that perfectly showcases the life of one of musics most influential and gifted talents.

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