Various artists album review
Trojan Tribute To Bob Marley Box Set ~ Limited Edition
Triple CD box set
27 - 03 - 1999

Tracking list

    Disc 1
  1. Prince Far I - Tribute To Bob Marley Part 1
  2. Prince Far I - Tribute To Bob Marley Part 2
  3. Judy Mowatt - Mellow Mood
  4. The Gaytones - Mellow Mood (Version)
  5. Max Romeo - Mr. Chatterbox
  6. Ken Boothe - I Shot The Sheriff
  7. Derrick Morgan - Some Woman Must Cry
  8. The Aggrovators - Some Woman Must Cry (Version)
  9. Tommy McCook - The Meducia
  10. Johnny Clarke - Time Will Tell
  11. Owen Gray - Guava Jelly
  12. U Roy - Dreamland
  13. The Upsetters - Dreamland (Version)
  14. The Groovers - Bend Down Low
  15. Jackie Edwards - I'm Still Waiting
  16. Inner Circle - Natty Dread
  17. Augustus Pablo - Mr. Big
   Disc 2
  1. Carlton Livingstone - Tribute To Bobby
  2. Carlton Livingstone - Dub To Bobby
  3. Big Youth - Get Up Stand Up
  4. Winston Scotland - Skanky Dog
  5. Bunny Flip - Maingy Dog
  6. Joe Gibbs & The Love Generation - Fat Dog
  7. Johnny Clarke - Simmer Down
  8. Phyllis Dillon - Long Time No Nice Time
  9. Ronnie Davis - Kaya
  10. Al Campbell - Hypocrites
  11. Ken Lazarus - Duppy Conqueror
  12. Ken Boothe - African Lady
  13. Inner Circle - Three O'Clock Roadblock
  14. Augustus Pablo - Three O'Clock Roadblock (Version)
  15. Pluto Shervington - Natty Dread
  16. R. Zee Jackson - Bend Down Low / Put It Down
    Disc 3
  1. Toots Hibbert - (Marley's Gone) His Songs Live On (Intro)
  2. Toots Hibbert - (Marley's Gone) His Songs Live On (Outro)
  3. Dennis Brown - Concrete Jungle
  4. Inner Circle - Burial
  5. The Upsetters - My Sympathy
  6. Delroy Wilson - Nice Time
  7. Sambo Jim - Natty Dread
  8. Killerman Jarrett - War
  9. The Maroons - Talking Blues
  10. The Fab Five Inc. - Guava Lelly
  11. Tappa Zukie - Natty Dread Don't Cry
  12. Ken Boothe - No Woman No Cry
  13. Ernie Smith - Bend Down Low
  14. John Holt - Keep On Moving
  15. Jackie Mittoo - Put It On
  16. Johnny Clarke - Easy Skanking
  17. Joe Gibbs All Stars - Ghost Capturer (Duppy Conqueror)
Rating : 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" !!

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