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Another superlative release from Heartbeat, which supplements and enhances the excellent series of related albums exploring the Wailers’ extensive legacy from Studio One. The series started with the ONE LOVE double CD in 1991, and continued with DESTINY: RARE SKA SIDES FROM STUDIO ONE and WAILERS AND FRIENDS (both 1999). Surprisingly, there is no duplication of titles on any of these compilations. Heartbeat are to be congratulated on treating the Wailers’ Studio One archive so sypathetically.

CLIMB THE LADDER features a fair number of previously unreleased gems, including super-rare singles like Lemon Tree and Climb the Ladder, and we also get a sprinkling of count-ins and studio banter to add flavour to several tracks. It’s worth buying the CD just to hear the original version of Dreamland. It comes with extensive sleeve notes from Roger Steffens plus a track by track commentary by Leroy Jodie Pierson. One (very minor) quibble - the photos on the cover feature Bob wearing dreadlocks, which he did not grow until well after the tracks on this album were recorded.

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Bob Marley & The Wailers (2000)

Heartbeat HB251


Dancing Shoes; (I'm Gonna) Put It On; Lonesome Track; Climb the Ladder (previously unreleased on CD); Love Won't Be Mine This Way; Dreamland (previously unreleased original version); Lemon Tree (previously unreleased on CD); Nobody Knows (previously unreleased original version); Wings of a Dove (previously unreleased original version); Sinner Man; Ten Commandments of Love; Sunday Morning; I Made a Mistake; I Don't Need Your Love; Donna; The Jerk (previouslu unreleased on CD); Just In Time (previously unreleased on CD)