What new trick could Island Records possibly have up its gilded sleeve when it comes to releasing yet another Bob Marley reissue? How about a recently discovered brand-new song from 1979 recorded in a Miami hotel room, plus two stellar remixes of quality Marley tunes.
Theres radio-hit fare (I Shot the Sheriff, No Woman, No Cry and Jamming), lesser-known sides (Exodus and Waiting in Vain) plus a few deeper cuts (Soul Rebel featuring Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer) and an alternate version of Concrete Jungle.
The new track, Slogans, kicks. Its a slicked-up demo; Marleys sons Stephen and Ziggy added instrumentation and brought in Eric Clapton to whip up some lead guitar. The Marley brothers also do a quality job mashing up dads classic Get up, Stand Up with Damian Jr. Gong Marleys Welcome to Jamrock. The resulting Stand Up Jamrock simply explodes through speakers. Since the obvious songs and lightweight trimmings (the Black-Eyed Peas Will.i.am adds an unnecessary remix of Africa Unite) are offset by the new material, its a worthy introduction to the massive Marley canon.
Jonathan Cunningham writes about music for Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.