That's right, at last collectors, fans, the reggae community and the world have a "definitive" discography of Bob Marley,Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer, collectively known as The Wailing Wailers.
If there is anyone currently living on planet earth who has more knowledge of the lives, history and recording careers of the Wailers individually and collectively than Roger Steffens and Leroy Pierson let them please step forward!
These two have devoted a combined 50 plus years to researching, collecting,promoting and enjoying this music, and well over a decade putting this wonderful resource together, and it's well worth the wait.
I used quotation marks around the word definitive because Roger and Leroy openly admit there will be errors in this book (I've already spotted some myself) and it is probably not complete.No pretentiousness from these two, in fact they are going to set up a website devoted solely to additions and corrections (as well as discussion) for the book, knowing the boundless universe of music created by the Wailers has many gifts yet to be discovered.
In addition to the wealth of information concerning recording dates, matrix numbers, musicians who performed on the tracks, unreleased takes from sessions, and even some choice set lists from various important live performances, we're treated to mini biographies of Bob, Peter, Bunny and other important players in the early stages of their remarkable careers.
The book is beautifully designed, including many wonderful and previously unreleased photos, the centerpiece of which is a georgous color spread of all the 7" singles released from every label the Wailers recorded on.
We are also treated to short biographies of Mr.Steffens and Mr.
Pierson, both of whom deserve comprehensive treatises on their remarkable lives!
Whether you are interested in reggae music, The Wailers in particular, or are just a fan of the good old 45rpm record, this
book will give you hours of enjoyment. If you are a beginning, casual, or fanatical collector, you can check off what you've got,and drool over what you haven't-let the hunt begin!