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THE BEST OF BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS1 (1974)

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I Am Going Home; Bend Down Low*; Mr Talkative; Rudie; Cry To Me; Wings Of A Dove // Small Axe**; Love Won't Be Mine; Dancing Shoes; Sunday Morning; He Who Feels It Knows It; Straight And Narrow Way

The first issue was pressed on heavyweight vinyl, with no discernable matrix number. The sleeve is printed on textured 'crocodile-skin' card. * Bend Down Low is a Wailers self production at Studio One; ** Small Axe is a Lee Perry production. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

In 1967 Bob Marley and The Wailers split from Studio One to take control of their own recordings. Their first single - Bend Down Low b/w Freedom Time, released on the Wail ‘N Soul ‘M label - was recorded at the Brentford Road studio with The Soul Brothers as backing musicians. By 1974 the group was achieving considerable international success, and no doubt Coxson saw this as an opportunity to re-release some of their earlier material as a ‘Best Of’ compilation.

THE BEST OF BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS1 (1974)

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THE BEST OF BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS1 (1974)

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THE BEST OF BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS1 (1974)

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THE BEST OF BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS1 (1974)

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THE BEST OF BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS1 (c.1975)

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THE BEST OF BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS1 (c.1975)

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THE BEST OF BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS1 (c.1975)

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THE BEST OF BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS2 (1976)

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THE BEST OF BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS1 (c.1978)

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THE BEST OF BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS1 (Late 1970s)

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THE BEST OF BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS1
(1981)

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THE BEST OF BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS4
(Early 1980s)

Studio One FCD 127
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THE BEST OF BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS4 (2004)

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Destiny; Ruddie Boy; Cry To Me; Love Won't Be Mine; Play Boy; Sunday Morning // Put It On; I Need You; What's New Pussycat; Where Is My Mother; Wages Of Love; Jailhouse

US issue, released as a part of Buddah's Authentic Island Collector's Edition series. While this compilation shares only three tracks with the original Studio One issue, there are several tracks that are more difficult to find elswhere. Note that Ruddie Boy (aka Rudie) is repeated - on Side A, and as Jailhouse on Side B.
((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

THE BEST OF BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS3
(Early 1980s)

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I Am Going Home; Bend Down Low*; Hypocrite*; I Stand Alone**; Cry To Me; Mr Talkative; Wings Of A Dove; Small Axe**; Mellow Mood*; Dancing Shoes; He Who Feels It Knows It; African Herbs Man**; Sunday Morning; Love Won't Be Mine; Straight And Narrow Way; Don't Rock The Boat**; African Herbsman**

* Wailers self production at Studio One.
** Lee Perry production.

Studio One CD with additional Wail 'N Soul 'M and Lee Perry productions.

I Am Going Home; Bend Down Low*; Hypocrite*; I Stand Alone**; Cry To Me; Mr Talkative; Wings Of A Dove // Small Axe**; Mellow Mood*; Dancing Shoes; He Who Feels It Knows It; African Herbs Man**; Sunday Morning; Love Won't Be Mine

* Wailers self production at Studio One.
** Lee Perry production.

Vinyl reissue of the 14 track edition in a late 1970s screen-printed sleeve (my copy is printed on the back of a re-cycled Miracle Corn Meal package). However, the sleeve and label only list the original 12 tracks.
((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

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I Am Going Home; Bend Down Low; Mr Talkative; Rudie; Cry To Me; Wings Of A Dove // Small Axe; Love Won't Be Mine; Dancing Shoes; Sunday Morning; He Who Feels It Knows It; Straight And Narrow Way

The third 'crocodile-skin' edition was also pressed on heavyweight vinyl, with no discernable matrix number. Bunny and Peter are now wearing hats. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

(Sleeve and label illustrations courtesy of Cyrille Fouques.)

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I Am Going Home; Bend Down Low; Mr Talkative; Rudie; Cry To Me; Wings Of A Dove // Small Axe; Love Won't Be Mine; Dancing Shoes; Sunday Morning; He Who Feels It Knows It; Straight And Narrow Way

The fifth 'crocodile-skin' variation, pressed on heavyweight vinyl with no discernable matrix number.
((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

(Sleeve and label illustrations courtesy of Cyrille Fouques.)

I Am Going Home; Bend Down Low; Mr Talkative; Rudie; Cry To Me; Wings Of A Dove // Small Axe; Love Won't Be Mine; Dancing Shoes; Sunday Morning; He Who Feels It Knows It; Straight And Narrow Way

A simplified mid 1970s version of the screenprint design, eliminating the coloured rays emanating from the corners. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

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I Am Going Home; Bend Down Low; Mr Talkative; Rudie (aka Jailhouse); Cry To Me; Wings Of A Dove // Small Axe; Love Won't Be Mine; Dancing Shoes; Sunday Morning; He Who Feels It Knows It; Straight And Narrow Way

A variation of the sleeve above. Although the front is similar the back is very different, omitting the text of the sleeve notes from the earlier issues. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

(Sleeve and label illustrations courtesy of Cyrille Fouques.)

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I Am Going Home; Bend Down Low; Mr Talkative; Rudie; Cry To Me; Wings Of A Dove // Small Axe; Love Won't Be Mine; Dancing Shoes; Sunday Morning; He Who Feels It Knows It; Straight And Narrow Way

The first of the screenprint editions, three colours printed on waxy cream card. The matrix number on Side 2 reads as a very faint FCD 7. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

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I Am Going Home; Bend Down Low; Mr Talkative; Rudie; Cry To Me; Wings Of A Dove // Small Axe; Love Won't Be Mine; Dancing Shoes; Sunday Morning; He Who Feels It Knows It; Straight And Narrow Way

Late 1970s screenprint sleeve. The matrix number is now clearly visible on the thin vinyl pressing.
((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

(Sleeve and label illustrations courtesy of Cyrille Fouques.)

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I Am Going Home; Bend Down Low; Mr Talkative; Rudie; Cry To Me; Wings Of A Dove // Small Axe; Love Won't Be Mine; Dancing Shoes; Sunday Morning; He Who Feels It Knows It; Straight And Narrow Way

Jamaican remix (more echo, overdubs, shortened version of I Am Going Home). Distinctive cover design by Jamaal Pete. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

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I Am Going Home; Bend Down Low*; Hypocrite*; I Stand Alone**; Cry To Me; Mr Talkative; Wings Of A Dove // Small Axe**; Mellow Mood*; Dancing Shoes; He Who Feels It Knows It; African Herbs Man**; Sunday Morning; Love Won't Be Mine

* Wailers self production at Studio One.
** Lee Perry production.

First vinyl reissue of the Studio One CD, but with only 14 tracks instead of the 17 tracks on the CD. Can also be found in the 1981 sleeve with the original track list of 12 titles. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

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I Am Going Home; Bend Down Low; Mr Talkative; Rudie; Cry To Me; Wings Of A Dove // Small Axe; Love Won't Be Mine; Dancing Shoes; Sunday Morning; He Who Feels It Knows It; Straight And Narrow Way

Another late 1970s screenprint design on re-cycled grey card (on the reverse of a laundry detergent carton in this case). The matrix number is clearly visible on the thin vinyl pressing. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

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I Am Going Home; Bend Down Low; Mr Talkative; Rudie; Cry To Me; Wings Of A Dove // Small Axe; Love Won't Be Mine; Dancing Shoes; Sunday Morning; He Who Feels It Knows It; Straight And Narrow Way

The second 'crocodile-skin' issue was also pressed on heavyweight vinyl, with no discernable matrix number. Note that on these first two sleeves Bob, Bunny and Peter are all hatless. On subsequent sleeves Bunny and Peter are wearing hats. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

(Sleeve illustration courtesy of Jeremy Collingwood.)

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I Am Going Home; Bend Down Low; Mr Talkative; Rudie; Cry To Me; Wings Of A Dove // Small Axe; Love Won't Be Mine; Dancing Shoes; Sunday Morning; He Who Feels It Knows It; Straight And Narrow Way

The fouth 'crocodile-skin' variation, pressed on heavyweight vinyl with no discernable matrix number.
((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

(Sleeve and label illustrations courtesy of Cyrille Fouques.)

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