Bob Marley - The Complete Wailers 1967-1972 [Box I, II & III] [8 Discs]

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Bob Marley - The Complete Wailers 1967-1972 [Box I, II & III] [8 Discs]

The Complete Wailers 1967-1972 [Box I, II & III] [8 Discs]
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<b>The Complete Wailers 1967-1972</b>

For Bob Marley collectors, the Holy Grail has long been an obscure seven-inch, blank- label single released in 1968 in a tiny edition of 26 copies, called "Selassie Is The Chapel." Adapted from the Orioles' doo-wop hit, "Crying in the Chapel," the Marley single contained new lyrics especially written for him by his one-time Rasta mentor Mortimo Planno. Recently a copy was offered for auction, receiving a high bid of $3,800! Now, at long last, that nearly priceless rarity is available to the public, along with other long-lost treasures from the Wailers' late '60s Jamaican catalog like "The Lord Will Make A Way," "Tread Oh," "Feel Alright," "Rhythm," "Give Me A Ticket" ("The Letter"), "Trouble On The Road Again," "Hold On To This Feeling," "Black Progress," and "Sugar Sugar."

Did you know? They're all part of a projected 10-CD series known as The Complete Wailers 1967 - 1972, from a revived JAD Records, the label which signed Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Rita Marley to a long-term contract during that period as both singers and song-writers. JAD was co-owned by Johnny Nash, producer Arthur Jenkins, and businessman Danny Sims, whose initials formed its logo. "In those days," Sims explains from his current headquarters in Santa Monica, California. "Bob wanted to be a soul singer like Otis Redding. He told us to do whatever it would take to make him number one on the American R&B charts." For the past couple of decades I have been railing on the air and in print about all the unreleased Marley gems lying dormant in various record companies' vaults.

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'…compilation of all the Jamaican singles that the Wailers released betwen the end of their time with Coxson Dodd's Studio One in 1966 and the beginning of their international period on Island in 1973. …'
'… Bruno spent several days going through my drawers of rare singles and tapes, discovering several tracks he had never heard of and getting more and more excited about the prospect of releasing them to the public. Shortly after his return to Paris he arranged a meeting between Danny Sims and his British partner David Simmons, and Jean-Michel Fava of France's A.B. Disques. He got them to agree in principal to the project, with Fava providing the funding, and Sims giving the go-ahead. In August of '96, Blum (pronounced "bloom") returned to Hell A, and together we began two exhausting weeks of exacting l6 - l8 hour days reviewing every single recording the Wailers made in the 1967 - 1972 period - all the dubs, the out-takes, the alternate versions. Playing them back to back, over and over again, looking for subtle variations, lyric differences, added instruments. The process, needless to say, was mind- numbing, especially in light of the various bootleg CDs eminating from Europe and Japan, often with totally mistitled track listings.

Before Blum returned to Paris, he got Sims to sign a contract guaranteeing that all the original creators of the music - the Wailers and their co- writers - will be paid royalties for their efforts - in many cases, for the first time since the tracks were laid thirty years ago! The following month, Jeremy Collingwood, a noted British collector and co- editor of the acclaimed Wailers fanzine Distant Drums, was brought on board in London to handle the legal aspects of the project, and locate near-mint copies of several rare singles to go with the DAT tapes that Blum had made of my collection while in L.A. Once the best sources available for each track had been determined, Blum came to London to work at the Beatles' studio with the engineers who worked on the Fab Four's "Anthology series. "At Abbey Road," says Blum, "I started to sort through the various sources, painstakingly declicking, dehissing, EQing, and restoring them with Cedar and Sonic Solution, and finally mastering them. I worked alongside engineers Ron Hill, Pete Mew, Terry Burch and Simon Gibson; who gave tireless and invaluable assistance.

"We straightened out the claimants' imbroglio with the families, discovered unhoped-for original tapes, found all the singles but two, and scrupulously restored all of them with the best specialists in the world, one crack at a time, one hiss at a time. We mastered everything in some indescribable confusion of different versions, wrongly titled songs, previously unreleased mixes, psycho-neurotic rival collectors and inaudible bootlegs. We tore our dreadlocks late at night but all the piles of tapes and hyper-funky Jamaican singles were finally gathered, sorted, filed and, at last, saved in digitaldom."

Meantime, my writing partner and fellow Wailers' discographer, Leroy Jodie Pierson, who lives in St. Louis, began a long-distance collaboration on the definitive liner notes, taking pains to identify every single musician who played on the tracks, and the periods in which they were originally recorded, so the 10 CDs could be done in proper chronological order. Anecdotes from the sessions' original particpants were published for the first time anywhere, and references were made to all the alternate versions elsewhere in the series. Blum wrote several background pieces on contemporary social history for the four-color booklets accompanying each album, and Collingwood found remarkable Ethopian illustrations of things like a dreadlocked Jesus and early Nyabinghi warriors …'

'… 1973. By April, Part I was ready, featuring 47 tracks, 23 of them previously unreleased outside Jamaica." These were joined by discoveries from Collingwood's forays into JAD's London vaults, where he turned up unknown tracks like "Rock to the Rock," and a Peter Tosh ballad called "Love." There are a total of 52 songs in the series that will be "new" to all but the most livicated, hardcore collectors, a veritable avalanche of provocative revelations. France was the first country of release, with Blum translating the voluminous notes into French, and supervising the English-language versions released six months later in Canada by Koch International, and then in early '98 in the States. …'

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A couple of things to say here…I know the above 'description' is a bit odd but there is so much information and a history on the official site about how this box set came into being that it isn't sensible to post the entire articles here so I just selected some interesting snippets. I recommend you go and google the jadrecords website and read about it there.

One more thing is that you may notice the text on that site and in the description talks of this box set being a full TEN disc set. well if you go to the site you will see the discs as I have offered here. Three Box Sets. Two containing Three discs, One containing only Two. there is however a couple of other discs from that publisher too and I may be having those very soon anyway so you will see.

Ok folks I will give you the COMPLETE track lists for the whole set ok, if this new Avax can handle such a post!

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GO HERE FOR TRACKLIST - Avax crapped out at the length of it!

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Bob Marley - The Complete Wailers 1967-1972 [Box I, II & III] [8 Discs]


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