Label: Island Records Ltd. - 202 037 - 320 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation, Stereo • Country: Germany • Genre: Reggae •
An album title that would cause considerable confusion in the future, The Best of the Wailers was not a roundup of the group's current singles nor a career-spanning look back at what the band had accomplished so far. Instead, it was a ten-song Bob Marley & The Wailers - The Best of what was then new recordings all overseen by producer Leslie Kong. The Wailers were, in contrast, at a low point, their own hopes kindled by Johnny Nash dashed, while a series of sessions with other producers yielded little of consequence.
Perhaps Kong could work his magic on them. Kong 's studio band, the Beverleys' All Stars aka Gladdy's All Starsled by pianist Gladstone "Gladdy" Andersonlaid down sumptuous reggae backings that rippled with melody.
The rhythms, while rock solid, were less emphatic and jumpy than their competitors, with the arrangements interweaving Gladstone 's glorious piano, Winston Wright 's effervescent organ, and Hux Brown 's Western-flared guitar. The All Stars' superb backings powered innumerable hits, and the band served the Wailers equally well, giving a luminescent quality to all the songs here.
Of the ten numbers, the harmony-drenched "Soul Shakedown Party" was the standout, although the delicate and equally harmony-laden "Soul Captives" comes close.
Kong was apparently so impressed with the strength of the music, he decided that Best Of best summed it up. The Wailers felt otherwise. It was obvious the producer was spread too thin, and once the sessions were over the Wailers moved on, hooking up with Lee Perryand the band was When They Go Low, We Get High - Lauren Mayer - Guess I Picked The Wrong Week To Quit Sniffing Glue ( when Kong finally decided to release this set, especially with that title.
Legend has it that Bunny Livingston warned the producer to change it, noting the album was only the best if Kong wasn't Bob Marley & The Wailers - The Best to be around long enough to hear anything better.
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