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The Wailers

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track listing
  • Get Up Stand Up
  • Hallelujah Time
  • I Shot The Sheriff
  • Burnin' And Lootin'
  • Put It On
  • Small Axe
  • Pass It On
  • Duppy Conqueror
  • One Foundation
  • Rasta Man Chant

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    Within this current "fiscal" year for WSVNRadio, The Wailers (featuring Bob Marley) returns this week, with their 1973 release Burnin'. Their first review Exodus was a classic. Burnin' was the band's second album of their career, after their classic debut, Catch A Fire.

    The album's two most famous hits, the Marley favorite "Get Up Stand Up", and the more reggae-tingued "I Shot The Sheriff," which Eric Clapton took his version to #1. Marley's version is definitely much more reggae than Clapton's, and it's interesting to hear the original version, since Marley wrote it.

    "Hallelujah Time" has a more soulful approach than reggae, where "Burnin' And Lootin'" is slow driving reggae. A happy-go-lucky reggae approach is heard on "Put It On," likewise, "Small Axe" has a great typical Marley reggae sound, heard throughout many songs of his career.

    "Pass It On" has more a more soulful sound, mixed with the reggae touch. Yet, the bouncy reggae style returns back with the jumpy cool "Duppy Conqueror." If you enjoyed the song "Small Axe," "One Foundation" is another great happy Marley song; just can't help saying "Ya' Man!" The album's closing song, "Rasta Man Chant" is quite different; yet it's definitely reggae, it does have a chanting style, yet more fitted to the reggae style.

    As much as Catch A Fire was a great and classic album, and being The Wailer's debut, Burnin' sounds as if it was their debut, and Catch A Fire would be their sophomore groundbreaking album. Burnin' has its moments, as Marley and crew would record far better albums in the coming years. Burnin' is the beginning stages of Marley's groundbreaking career, and listening to future releases, it's easy to watch his music grow, and how he became such an impact on reggae music. Burnin' is a good album, yet there are far better releases from Marley's catalogue.

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