Bob Marley & The Wailers - Roots, Rock, Remixed (2015)Format: FLAC (tracks)
    Quality: lossless
    Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit
    Source: CD
    Artist: Bob Marley & The Wailers
    Title: Roots, Rock, Remixed
    Label, Catalog: Quango / Tuff Gong
    Genre: Reggae, Dub, Electronic
    Release Date: 2015
    Scans: not included
    Size .zip: ~ 560 mb

    There have been so many really atrocious (or, at best, really tedious) Bob Marley remix projects that it comes as a deep surprise to encounter one that truly hits the spot. Interestingly, this one succeeds because the remix artists featured -- an all-star cast featuring such notables as the Fort Knox Five, Cordovan, Bombay Dub Orchestra and DJ Spooky -- approach the source material with love and respect, rather than using it as a jumping-off point from which to showcase their own mad skills. Each of them puts a unique fingerprint on one of Marley's songs, but each also manages to keep the focus on the song itself rather than on the treatment. Thus, we get a brilliantly skittery and funky mix of "Small Axe" from Paul & Price and a rich but restrained reading of "Soul Shakedown Party" by Afrodisiac Sound System, and DJ Spooky even manages to make a silk purse out of the sow's ear that is "Rainbow Country," one of Marley's least compelling compositions. Not everything is brilliant: Afrodisiac Sound System drops the ball just a bit on their ho-hum version of "Soul Rebel," and Trio Elétrico's mix of "Trenchtown Rock" saps more energy than it adds to the original. But for the most part, this album is like a seminar in how to bring new life to already top-notch material. Highly recommended overall.

    AllMusic Review by Rick Anderson

    01. Soul Shakedown Party (Afrodisiac Sound System Remix) (4:06)
    02. Lively up Yourself (Bombay Dub Orchestra Remix) (4:06)
    03. Duppy Conqueror (Fort Knox Five Remix) (4:30)
    04. Sun Is Shining (Yes King Remix) (5:14)
    05. Soul Rebel (Afrodisiac Sound System Remix) (4:37)
    06. African Herbsman (King Kooba Remix) (4:04)
    07. Don't Rock My Boat (Stuhr Remix) (4:40)
    08. Small Axe (Paul & Price Remix) (4:50)
    09. Rainbow Country (DJ Spooky's Subliminal Funk Remix) (4:19)
    10. Trenchtown Rock (Trio Eletrico Remix) (4:52)
    11. 400 Years (Jimpster Remix) (6:18)
    12. All in One (Cordovan Remix) (5:18)
    13. Natural Mystic (Benjamin Devigne Deep Jazz Remix) (4:39)
    14. Corner Stone (Patchworks Remix) (3:46)
    15. Mr. Brown (Paul & Price Remix) (3:34)
    16. Kaya (Sir T Remix) (6:19)
    17. Soul Shakedown Party (Fort Knox Five Remix) (4:27)
    18. Duppy Conqueror (Fort Knox Five Dubstrumental) (4:29)
    19. Sun Is Shining (DJ Dolores Remix) (3:56)

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