Various artists album review
Trojan Tribute To Bob Marley Box Set ~ Limited Edition
Triple CD box set
27 - 03 - 1999
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 3/4||Sleeve : 3/4|
Bob Marley's music always has had an immensive influence on reggae music. He has written some of the most enduring songs in the history of reggae music. Together with Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer he defined the sound of Jamaica's best know band.|
This box set features 50 interpretations of his recordings by some of the most respected artists in reggae music.
The set opens with Prince Far I's Tribute To Bob Marley, recorded shortly after Marley's death in 1981. Prince Far I was killed a few years later, the victim of a senseless murder. An early Judy Mowatt version (and dub) is next. She recorded this one in 1970 when she embarked on a solo career. Around 1969 Max Romeo voiced Mr. Chatterbox for producer Bunny Lee.
Mr Rocksteady, Ken Boothe is featured three times on this set with I Shott The Sheriff, No Woman No Cry and African Lady, all of them which were recorded in the 70s.
Reggae veteran Derrick Morgan cut his slightly adapted rendering of 'No Woman No Cry' (Some Woman Must Cry) in the mid 70s for Bunny Lee. The same riddim is used for the version by the Aggrovators, for Tommy McCook's The Meducia and Tappa Zukie's Natty Dread Don't Cry.
U Roy toasts over Bunny Wailer's Dreamland and The Upsetters use the same riddim on the instrumental cut. The Inner Circle tracks, Burial, Natty Dread and Three O'Clock Roadblock, featured here were produced by Tommy Cowan. Melodica player Augustus Pablo does the two dub/instrumental versions.
King of the version, Mr. Clarke reworks three of Bob's classics, Time Will Tell, Simmer Down and Easy Skanking all of which were produced by Bunny Lee. Two very obscure tracks are found here : Natty Dread by vocalist Sambo Jim (aka Jimmy Cliff ??) and R. Zee Jackson's 1971 Put It Down / Bend Down Low.
After performing with Byron Lee Ken Lazarus joined Tomorrow's Children, a group that also included Pluto Shervington. Ken Lazerus cut his Duppy Conqueror for Federal around 1970 and Pluto Shervington voiced his version of Natty Dread in 1975.
Producer Joe Gibbs cut some interesting sides with Peter Tosh. One of his best known tunes is 'Maga Dog'. Winston Scotland rides this riddim on Skanky Dog, which was again put to use on Maingy Dog by Bunny Flip and Fat Dog by The Love Generation.
The set closes with Ghost Capturer, a workout of 'Duppy Conqueror' by the Joe Gibbs All Stars. It originally appeared on Trojan's Amalgamated subsidiary as a 45 in 1970.
This box captures some of the best covers and adaptions of Bob Marley's works. Next to a number of well known songs it also features some rare tracks complete with their dubs. "Natty Dread Ina Dreamland" !!