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Keep On Skanking & Satisfy My Soul Jah Jah - 1971 - 1972

 The third, hotly awaited box of the 1971-72 period. Among other treasures, it contains, firstly, "Keep On Skanking", a fourth album produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry (following the three albums of the preceding box), replete with unknown tracks, twisted remixes and rare versions, which will complete the series' exhaustive documentation of Marley's Perry period. Among the surprises is a long and very rare version of "Keep On Moving" remixed by Scratch, expanded with an insane dub and a DJ style vocal by Tippertone sound's DJ Wung Chu, and previously unreleased gems like the haunting "Send Me That Love" and "Comma Comma", produced by the Wailers themselves.

 This box also covers the Tuff Gong period, with the Satisfy My Soul Jah Jah album and many well-known songs, plus several strange, little-known or never-released tracks like "Dub Feeling", "Satisfy My Soul Jah Jah", "Pour Down The Sunshine", and an alternate recording of "Screwface", sung in harmony by the three Wailers instead of by Marley solo. There is also original dub-remixed versions and the never-released "Cry To Me" on acoustic guitar. But this crucial period in Bob Marley's career would not be complete without the six tracks recorded in London for CBS, like "Reggae On Broadway" or the impeccable "Gonna Get You". Most of the original mixes of these tracks have never been released before. Until now, only part of them had been available - hastily and controversially remixed for the release of the album Chances Are, which was rushed to production immediately after Marley's death. The entire box will focus on the theme of Bob Marley's arrival in the cold and gray "pagan" place that the Jamaican Rastafarians call Babylon. He would conquer that strange place in just a few months.

 But Marley's authentic Jamaican reggae sound, so distinctive and inventive, survived only briefly, immortalized in these few jewel boxes. Most of his last eight famous original albums were partly recorded and mixed in London, taking on a more international pop sound. This cross-over would produce other great classics which, this time, were to turn him into the first - perhaps the last - superstar from a "third-world" country. A country where misery still rules the land.

All texts written by and courtesy of Bruno Blum, and appear in the Music Vibes Complete Wailers issue.