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Bob Marley: Soul Almighty - The Formative Years Vol. 1

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This disc represents the first raid on the vaults of producer Danny Sims, who hired Bob Marley as a songwriter-performer from 1967 to 1972. The songs aren’t bad — it’s interesting to hear Marley’s inimitable voice in a propulsive, if wrongheaded, late-’60s soul context — but dancehall remixes of three cuts sound more creepazoid than those ”new” Beatles singles. Pop Soul Almighty – The Formative Years Vol. 1 in your computer and you’ll find a gorgeously designed multimedia section loaded with interviews, photos, a Rasta glossary, a toggle switch that lets you shift from Marley demos to the Sims-ified versions, and — rarest of rarities — a spooky unreleased cut called ”Selassie Is the Chapel” that recasts Elvis’ 1965 hit ”Crying in the Chapel” in a more devotional mode. The entire project exploits Marley’s memory — but the enhanced portion does so with style. B