Climb The Ladder
Bob Marley & The Wailers
03 - 09 - 2000

Track list
  1. Dancing Shoes
  2. (I'm Gonna) Put It On
  3. Lonesome Track
  4. Climb the Ladder
  5. Love Won't Be Mine This Way
  6. Dreamland
  7. Lemon Tree
  8. Nobody Knows
  9. Wings of a Dove
  10. Sinner Man
  11. Ten Commandments of Love
  12. Sunday Morning
  13. I Made a Mistake
  14. I Don't Need Your Love
  15. Donna
  16. The Jerk
  17. Just in Time
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 5
Climb The Ladder is the sixth volume on the Heartbeat imprint consisting of material recorded by the original Wailers between July of 1963 and August of 1966 for Coxsone Dodd. During the band's collaboration with Coxsone Dodd the Wailers recorded every different kind of music Coxsone requested of them. So the Wailers recorded traditional mento and calypso, gospel, folk, doo wop harmony, soul and pop covers, Christmas songs as well as their own material. They were also often called upon to harmonize with other artists like Lord Brynner, Jackie Opel, Delroy Wilson or Lee Perry. The label will complete their documentation of these historically important recordings by finally making available every song cut during this time by the teenage Wailers including several unissued titles and many previously unheared alternate takes.
This album is filled with hit tunes such as (I'm Gonna) Put It On, a song that topped the Jamaican charts for months in early 1966 and features the backing band The Sharks, a four piece group that included a young Dwight Pinkney on guitar and vocals. Here you'll also find the excellent Dancing Shoes, a tune written by Bunny Wailer. It was recorded in the summer of 1966 and features Bunny as the lead vocalist and harmonies from Peter Tosh and Constantine Walker. The 1965 ska scorcher Lonesome Track is typical of Bob's early compositions using religious themes to color the subtext of a song that seems secular and personal on first listening. The tune features Roland Alphonso on sax. First time on cd are Climb The Ladder, Dreamland, Lemon Tree, Nobody Knows, Wings Of A Dove, The Jerk and Just In Time. The powerful Bunny Wailer song Dreamland was recorded in 1966 and remained unissued for nearly twenty years before appearing in overdubbed form on the Studio One lp, 'Wailers & Associates'. In the early seventies Lee Perry re-recorded the song with Wailers and Bunny Wailer put out an excellent version of the song on his album 'Sings The Wailers'. The Wailers' 1964 cover of Wings Of A Dove is a subtle ska scorcher that was never released as a single, but first appeared in the 70's as an album track. Sunday Morning is an emotional Bunny Wailer love tune from 1966.
'Climb The Ladder' is an outstanding hit filled Bob Marley & Wailers album from their Studio One days.