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MARLEY, BOB & THE WA - ROOTS, ROCK, REMIXED Best of
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The first official Marley Remix album . Reggae legend Bob Marley is being re-introduced to sound systems worldwide. A crop of hot producers including Afrodisiac Sound System, Fort Knox Five, Yes King, Trio Electrico, Jimpster and DJ Spooky- have remixed a dozen cherished songs from the beloved master. Roots, Rock, Remixed balances that fine line of respect to the inimitable artist Nesta was and using the bass-heavy digital technologies available to producers. Nothing of the gorgeous, crackly analog originals is lost in translation.
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So while I've been burned in the past on previous reworkings of Marley's music, this "Roots, Rock, Remixed" is actually really good! The songs are basically left intact and are not cut up/sliced & diced to the point where they're unrecognizable. All of the songs have basically been updated with better beats.
If you're a fan of dub, downtempo, chillout you should enjoy this. The remixers did a great job of not making the beats sound too modern/ futuristic to the point where they don't go well with the original songs. Overall a really great remix album that does justice to Bob's songs. It's good for hanging out/ chilling out/ relaxing/ de-stressing.
For the most part, the remixers treat the tracks with great respect, adding a danceable thump or some stoney dub in just the right places. "Duppy Conqueror" sounds to me like a pop hit with a great sing-along chorus. "Sun Is Shining" is a fantastic slice of downtempo dub. "Soul Shakedown Party" and "Soul Rebel" are great fun for the dance floor as well. A few tracks go further than just tasteful modernizing. Jimpster's "400 Years" is a particular favorite, a dubbed out tech house makeover so hypnotic I keep hitting repeat.
But overall, this record is just plain fun. I'm sure these tracks would sound good pumping from a club, but I've enjoyed just chilling out with it on in my apartment. It's high on my list for the soundtrack to the summer.
This is sweet. These are all different versions of the Wailers' classics during their Studio One days. I would classify the style of music as more experimental, dub/dance/techno-like versions than the originals. Rainbow Country is my favorite (DJ Spooky did an AWESOME job with the bass and drums in particular). Other standout tracks were Soul Shakedown Party, Don't Rock My Boat, and Small Axe. One Love is actually taken from a song the Wailers called "All In One" and has snippets of Bend Down Low, Nice Time, and Simmer Down on it. The only songs I didn't like were Trenchtown Rock and 400 Years because they are a little too techno and didn't have enough vocals on them to keep me entertained. The rest of the songs are worth having though. I would recommend this to anyone who has been listening to the Wailers' Studio One stuff for quite a few years (like I have) and just want a new take on them. Its not just an attempt to cash in on Bob's music. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Many other remixes of Bob's stuff, just don't do him justice, but this album, I believe Bob would be happy with. Most tracks stay very true to the original sounds, while still keeping things new and fresh. Now there are a couple of tracks that stray way far from how they originally sounded, in that they can now be considered, minimal, or progressive house, but those two tracks, they just happen to be my favorites on the album.
This shouldn't be passed up by those new to Bob, or anyone that's been a fan.