A still from 'Marley'
The mark of a truly great soundtrack is in its ability to stand apart from the film it’s based from.
And as with any cinematic biography about an artist, its main purpose is to send the listener back to the music with a renewed sense of appreciation.
The Bob Marley & The Wailers' 'MARLEY OST' delivers on both counts.
The selection of two-dozen songs was wisely left to the wisdom of Bob Marley’s immediate family members and former Island Records boss Chris Blackwell. And they didn’t disappoint with an extensive collection that not only pleases long-time fans but also serves as a wonderful introduction to new listeners.
The 3-LP 'Marley OST'
From the youthful ska innocence of ‘Judge Not’ (Marley’s first recorded single), the track list chugs along chronologically, as it appears on Kevin McDonald’s documentary, which encapsulates the story of the life of the singer.
Different chapters of the dreadlocked-one’s musical legacy are lovingly illustrated; the political revolutionary (‘Get Up Stand Up’, ‘Redemption Song’); the caring lover (‘Three Little Birds’, ‘Mellow Mood’) and the philosophical preacher (‘Concrete Jungle’, ‘Exodus’)
Classic reggae ditties such as ‘No Woman, No Cry’ and ‘I Shot The Sheriff’ are given the live treatment, where younger fans get a chance to experience the sheer magic and crowd interaction of a Bob Marley performance.
No gem is more powerful and enduring than the previously unreleased nine-minute version of Jammin’, recorded at the One Love Peace Concert in Kingston, in 1978, during which Marley joined the hands of bitter political rivals Michael Manley and Edward Seaga, a gesture which went some way towards restoring peace to a strife-torn Jamaica.
‘One Love’ Peace concert
Overall, this is a fitting tribute to the icon that is Bob Marley. Filled with an even number of well-known hits and lesser-known tracks, it serves as a welcome companion piece to the movie. Rediscover your love for the Jamaican legend today with the Bob Marley & The Wailers 'MARLEY OST'!
‘Marley – Original Soundtrack’ is available at all good record stores.