Live albums are rarely the top choices in a legendary artist's catalogue. They are usually left on the shelves for diehard fans. For every Allman Brothers at Fillmore East or Band of Gypsys, there are about five live CDs disregarded for better studio albums and one that has never even been issued on CD (and about thirty live offerings from the Grateful Dead) and it is often with good reason. Live albums often feature drippy jam sessions, have poor sound quality and reveal nothing new about the artist. But there are exceptions to the unimportance of live material; times when the band hits some inexplicable groove that just does not come about, isolated in a studio, staring at a soundboard. One is this 1975 LP from reggae legends, Bob Marley and the Wailers. Marley's socially conscious pleas fervently ride an intoxicating wave of crunchy beats and gorgeous back-up vocals. One can almost see the beads of sweat flying off Marley's face when he sings his finest mantra, "Get Up, Stand Up." Other selections such as "Lively Up Yourself" and "Trenchtown Rock" equal its heights of passion, while "Burnin' and Lootin," and "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)" sink into a hypnotizing, mellow wave. Unlike many other live performances, all songs are captured in clear, crisp almost studio quality sound and never outstay their welcome. Marley neophytes traditionally choose the greatest hits collection, Legend, as a starting point. It is a fine disc, but if you truly desire Bob Marley and the Wailers captured at their best, Live! is a must buy.