Lively Up Yourself ~ A Collection Of His Classic Early Recordings
4 CD Box set
"Disc One - Soul Rebel"
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 3/4||Sleeve : 2/3|
Lively Up Yourself concentrates on the most creative period in the career of Bob Marley, the late 60s and the early 70s. Their cooperation with the excentric producer Lee 'Scratch' Perry proved highly succesful. They turned the Jamaican sound of the previous decade upside down. The saxophones and jazz trumpets which were distinctive of ska and rocksteady disappeared. Scratch, Bob Marley and the Barrett brothers innovated with a heavier bass and a clear, sharper beat. The Wailers recorded some groundbreaking albums such as Soul Rebel, Soul Revolution during that period.|
The first song the Wailers cut for Lee Perry was My Cup, recorded in Randy's , 17 North Parade in Kingston. Soon followed Duppy Conqueror, a song in which Bob wants to fight the evil forces with his spiritual force. Later in his career Bob Marley would rework many of the songs he recorded for Lee Perry. Natural Mystic, Kaya, Lively Up Yourself, and Trench Town Rock are just a few succesful titles he would do over at a later time.
Probably most of the songs from this boxset will be very familiar. These tunes showcase the skills from producer Lee Perry as well as the vocal qualities of the three original members of the Wailers, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. Some of my favourite tracks of this set are Rainbow Country, the medley of their Studio One hits All In One, Don't Rock My Boat, Mr. Brown, 400 Years, Souls Shakedown Party and Keep On Moving.
A recommended collection of 47 gems from the band which changed the face of reggae music.
Teacher & Mr. T.