(2005) Africa Unite: The Singles Collection

Bob Marley

... read moreThere are countless Bob Marley compilations on the market, but what will generate some interest in this one, which is essentially a collection of his Island singles with a handful of his Lee "Scratch" Perry-era tracks added in, is the inclusion of a "new" Marley song, "Slogans," derived from a demo...

01:16′:22″ 20 Songs

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(Not available) Soul Rebels
Bob Marley
3:18
2
(Not available) Soul Shakedown Party (1970 Version)
Bob Marley
3:07
3
(Not available) Lively Up Yourself
Bob Marley
2:55
4
(Not available) Trench Town Rock
Bob Marley
3:28
5
(Not available) Concrete Jungle (Trailer)
Bob Marley
3:09
6
(Not available) I Shot The Sheriff (Edited Version)
Bob Marley
3:53
7
(Not available) Get Up, Stand Up
Bob Marley
3:17
8
(Not available) No Woman, No Cry (Live At The Lyceum, London/1975)
Bob Marley
7:11
9
(Not available) Roots, Rock, Reggae
Bob Marley
3:37
10
(Not available) Exodus (Single Version)
Bob Marley
4:29
11
(Not available) Waiting In Vain
Bob Marley
4:15
12
(Not available) Jamming
Bob Marley
3:31
13
(Not available) Is This Love
Bob Marley
3:53
14
(Not available) Sun Is Shining
Bob Marley
4:36
15
(Not available) Could You Be Loved
Bob Marley
3:56
16
(Not available) Three Little Birds
Bob Marley
3:00
17
(Not available) Buffalo Soldier (Edit Version)
Bob Marley
2:44
18
(Not available) One Love / People Get Ready
Bob Marley
2:52
19
(Not available) Africa Unite (Will.I.Am Remix)
Bob Marley
5:12
20
(Not available) Slogans
Bob Marley
3:59
Released 07 November 2005, ℗ 2005 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

Review

There are countless Bob Marley compilations on the market, but what will generate some interest in this one, which is essentially a collection of his Island singles with a handful of his Lee "Scratch" Perry-era tracks added in, is the inclusion of a "new" Marley song, "Slogans," derived from a demo tape Marley made in a Miami hotel room in 1979. The demo tape was rediscovered in 2003 by Marley's sons Ziggy and Stephen, who then worked to finish the song, calling in Eric Clapton and Marcia Ball, among others, to help with the process. The end result is a solid, if a bit underwhelming, addition to the Marley catalog, but there is no denying "Slogans" is tuneful, wise, and increasingly timely, as politicians continue to mouth slogans as promises, and then routinely manage to not keep them. The other two "new" tracks here are remixes, one by the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am of "Africa Unite" and the other by Ashley Beedle, who grafts Marley and Peter Tosh's "Get Up, Stand Up" to Damian Marley's "Welcome to Jamrock" to create the atmospheric "Stand Up Jamrock." Both are interesting attempts to gently update Marley's sound for the 21st century, but one wonders if Marley's body of work even needs to be updated at all, since his political and philosophical positions continue to be eerily relevant, and his musical settings, while hardly up to the minute dancehall, can still easily hold their own in any yard. Aside from the "new" material, Africa Unite: The Singles Collection offers up early Lee "Scratch" Perry gems like the still striking "Soul Rebel" from 1970 as well as strong tracks from Marley's Island period, including the original version of "Get Up, Stand Up" from 1973 and the majestic "Exodus" from 1977. Truthfully, aside from the remixes, which are more intriguing curios than they are new recordings, and the lost song "Slogans," which is a minor but compelling addition to the legacy, most Marley fans will already have everything here. Is it worth buying for one song? Probably not. Is it a good collection? Yes, and nobody will complain if you stick it in the player in the middle of a party, although they'll all think it's Legend. ~ Steve Leggett