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Bob Marley & the Wailers: Early Music

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(1977 Epic ZX 34760)

Side A:
Wings of a Dove
It Hurts To Be Alone
I'm Still Waiting (Bob Marley original)
Who Feels It
Do You Remember (Bob Marley original)

Side B:
Dancing Shoes
I Don't Need Your Love (Bob Marley original)
Lonesome Track
Do You Feel The Same Way (Bob Marley original)
The Ten Commandments of Love

Original Liner Notes:
This album represents the beginnings of a prominent musical force, Reggae, and shows the way American soul music was blended with Jamaican rhythms. It features the talents of Peter Tosh, a founding member of the Wailers & a major contributor to the Wailers' musical style & direction. This is "Bob Marley & The Wailers: Early Music."

When Bob Marley and the Wailers make an appearance these days, huge crowds turn out to cheer a form of Jamaican music almost unknown just a few years ago. More than a decade ago, few wanted to take a chance on Jamaican musical talent –no one except Clement Dodd, who invested time, money and effort in discovering new groups and bringing their records to the public. Whether it was known as Ska, Bluebeat, or Rocksteady before evolving into Reggae in the late '60s, Dodd was always in the forefront of the changes taking place.

In 1959, when the prevailing sound was still Calypso and American rhythm and blues hadn't caught on in Jamaica, Dodd began recording local groups who played a new music with boogie woogie and shuffle rhythms. Dodd coached his artists and presented them in stage shows at the Ward Theatre in Kingston. These talent competitions were known as All Champion Nights. Among his early find were the Maytalls, the Hep Tones, Burning Spear, and Jackie Mittoo, Clue J and the Blues Busters, Roland Alphonso and many more.

In 1964, Dodd invested his last penny in the Jamaican Recording and Published Studio, Ltd, better known as Studio One. Hopeful young musicians came from all over the island to audition for Dodd’s thriving New World Disc record company. One such group was Bob Marley & the Wailers.

"When they first came in, they were like most other groups just starting out –young, inexperienced and willing to learn," recalls Dodd. "I coached them, worked on their songwriting and gave them a lot of ideas on harmonies. I had an album from the States by all the top soul artists. Bob Marley liked the Impressions, the Tams and the Moonglows the most. You can hear the influence on some of his early songs."
Bob Marley and the Wailers had their first hit on World Disc with "It Hurts to Be Alone," followed by "Simmer Down" and as Jamaican music slowly gained popularity throughout the world. In 1967, Dadd took his first troop of Jamaican musicians to England and, in Bob Marley’s words, Reggae continued "to creep up on ya." The rest is history.

This album was made possible through the collaborative efforts of Clement Dodd and Nate McCalla. Tom Moulton, a devoted Reggae fan and one of the foremost mixing engineers in the industry, mixed down the 2, 3, or 4 track masters eliminating all surface noise while maintaining the original spontaneity of these early tracks. He was assisted by remix engineer Bob Clearmountain. Mastering was done by Jose Rodriguez at Frankford/Wayne Mastering Labs in New York.


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