Album review
Sings Bob Marley...And Friends
Rita Marley
October 28 - 2003

Tracking list

  1. Harambe
  2. So Much Things To Say
  3. Who Feels It Knows It
  4. I Know A Place
  5. Thank You Jah
  6. A Jah Jah
  7. The Beauty Of God's Plan
  8. Who Colt The Game
  9. King Street
  10. Bus Dem Shut (Bredda Pyaka)
  11. Fussin' and Fighting
  12. Love Iyah
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4

Rita's recording career began in 1965 and continues today. Most of us know her as the widow of the late great Bob Marley and member of his female backing vocalists group the I-Threes. Furthermore she's known for her tune "One Draw" which became one of the biggest-selling reggae singles of all time. The album "Who Feels It Knows It" was her first full length LP and immediately joined the ranks as one the three best reggae LPs by a female artist. On the other hand she's the businesswoman who oversees the Tuff Gong empire - recording studios, recording company and publishing company.
Throughout her career Rita has recorded songs written by her late husband. She frequently collaborated with him, so it's not unusual to see a Bob Marley/Rita Marley songwriting credit. "Sings Bob Marley ... And Friends" brings together her versions of songs written by Bob Marley and other members of the Wailers' circle. There's her beautiful rendition of the song Who Feels It Knows It that was written by Neville Livingstone, better known as Bunny Wailer, and especially notable are two Bob Marley songs that were first recorded by Rita. I Know A Place (co-written by her) and Who Colt The Game, a fascinating little political commentary. From the Bob Marley album Exodus comes So Much Things To Say, an often overlooked gem. Bus Dem Shut (Bredda Pyaka) is an early Wailers tune, here expertly produced by Rita and veteran producer Niney the Observer.
Most tunes were recorded some years ago and the one drop style will appeal to most traditional reggae fans....so check this one out.

Teacher & Mr. T.