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The WailersThe Best Of The Wailers

Genre:Reggae
Style:Reggae
Year:

Tracklist

Soul Shake Down Party
Stop The Train
Caution
Soul Captives
Go Tell It On The Mountain
Can't You See
Soon Come
Cheer Up
Back Out
Do It Twice

Credits (3)

Notes

Originally released in August 1971, this record, despite its title, is not a compilation but an album that was recorded in 1970 with Leslie Kong.
Since its original release, it was also released by various labels from all over the world with various titles.

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    Cover of The Best Of The Wailers, 1971-08-00, VinylThe Best Of The Wailers
    LP, Album
    Beverley's Records – BLP-011, Beverley's Records – BLP 011Jamaica1971Jamaica1971
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    Cover of Wailers , 1973, VinylWailers
    LP, Album
    Power ? – P.W.2UK1973UK1973
    New Submission
    Cover of Shakedown, 1978, VinylShakedown
    LP, Album, Reissue
    Disques Espérance – ESP 165 513France1978France1978
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    Cover of Bob Marley And The Wailers, 1978, VinylBob Marley And The Wailers
    LP, Album, Reissue
    Vogue – DIA 318Belgium1978Belgium1978
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    Cover of Shakedown, 1978, VinylShakedown
    LP, Album, Reissue
    Disques Espérance – ESP 165 513France1978France1978
    New Submission
    Cover of Shakedown, 1979, VinylShakedown
    LP, Album
    Splash Records (4) – SH-8002Canada1979Canada1979
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    Cover of Shakedown, 1979, VinylShakedown
    LP, Album
    ALA – ALA 1982US1979US1979
    Cover of Bob Marley & The Wailers, 1979, VinylBob Marley & The Wailers
    LP, Album
    Hammer Records (2) – HMR 9006UK1979UK1979
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    Cover of In The Beginning..., 1979, VinylIn The Beginning...
    LP, Album, Reissue
    Psycho (3) – PLP 6002UK1979UK1979
    New Submission
    Cover of Shake Down, 1979, VinylShake Down
    LP, Album
    7 Records – MLF 252Australia1979Australia1979
    New Submission
    Cover of Shake Down, 1979, VinylShake Down
    LP, Album, Reissue
    Fonit Cetra International – ILS 9061Italy1979Italy1979
    New Submission
    Cover of Shakedown, 1979, VinylShakedown
    LP, Album
    Splash Records (4) – SH-8002Canada1979Canada1979
    New Submission
    Cover of Shakedown, 1979, VinylShakedown
    LP, Album
    ALA – ALA 1982US1979US1979
    New Submission
    Cover of Shakedown, 1979, CassetteShakedown
    Cassette, Album
    Splash Records (4) – SH4-8002Canada1979Canada1979
    New Submission
    Bob Marley & The Wailers
    LP, Album, White Label
    Hammer Records (2) – HMR 9006UK1979UK1979
    New Submission
    Cover of The Best Of Bob Marley And Peter Tosh With The Wailers, 1980, VinylThe Best Of Bob Marley And Peter Tosh With The Wailers
    LP, Album, Mispress, Misprint, Reissue
    Disques Espérance – ESP 165 537France1980France1980
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    Cover of Reggae!, 1980, VinylReggae!
    LP, Compilation
    Band – BR 33058Brazil1980Brazil1980
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    Cover of Soul Shakedown, 1980, VinylSoul Shakedown
    LP
    Kessler Records – AG 5308US1980US1980
    New Submission
    Cover of Shake Down, 1980, VinylShake Down
    LP, Album
    Music-Box – SMB 127, Music-Box – MB 127Greece1980Greece1980
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    Cover of Shake Down, 1980, VinylShake Down
    LP, Album
    Tangerine (4) – TALP-1200Spain1980Spain1980
    New Submission
    Cover of Shake Down, 1980, CassetteShake Down
    Cassette, Album
    Tangerine (4) – TAC 201Spain1980Spain1980
    New Submission
    Cover of The Best Of Bob Marley And Peter Tosh With The Wailers, 1981, VinylThe Best Of Bob Marley And Peter Tosh With The Wailers
    LP, Album, Unofficial Release
    Splash Records (4) – SH-8002Canada1981Canada1981
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    Cover of Roots I, 1981, VinylRoots I
    LP, Compilation
    Hammer (9) – H 1002Norway1981Norway1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Shake Down, 1981, VinylShake Down
    LP, Album
    Fonit Cetra – PL 579Italy1981Italy1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Shake Down, 1981, CassetteShake Down
    Cassette, Album, Reissue, Stereo
    Fonit Cetra – PM 579Italy1981Italy1981
    New Submission
    Cover of With The Wailers, 1981, VinylWith The Wailers
    LP, Album
    Star-Bag – Bag 1502South Africa1981South Africa1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Cheer Up, 1982, VinylCheer Up
    LP, Compilation, Mono
    Bellaphon – 230·07·001Germany1982Germany1982
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    Cover of Do It Twice, 1982, CassetteDo It Twice
    Cassette, Album
    CTV Records – L4 TEAM 33 (EV) 109South Africa1982South Africa1982
    New Submission
    Cover of Do It Twice, 1982, VinylDo It Twice
    LP, Compilation
    Music Team – TEAM 33 (V) 109South Africa1982South Africa1982
    New Submission
    Cover of Shakedown, 1982, VinylShakedown
    LP, Promo, White Label
    ALA – ALA 1982USA & Canada1982USA & Canada1982
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    Cover of Cheer Up, 1982, VinylCheer Up
    LP, Compilation, Mono
    Bellaphon – 230 07 001Germany1982Germany1982
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    Cover of Bob Marley And The Wailers, 1983, VinylBob Marley And The Wailers
    LP, Compilation, Picture Disc
    All Round Trading – AR 30034Denmark1983Denmark1983
    New Submission
    Cover of Soul Captives, 1983, VinylSoul Captives
    LP, Compilation, Reissue
    Breakaway – BWY 64UK1983UK1983
    New Submission
    Cover of Bob Marley, 1984, CassetteBob Marley
    Cassette, Compilation, Unofficial Release
    Star Line – KS 512Spain1984Spain1984
    Cover of Soul Captives, 1986, VinylSoul Captives
    LP, Album
    ALA – ALA 1986US1986US1986
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    Cover of Soul Captives, 1987, CassetteSoul Captives
    Cassette, Album
    Design (2) – DSK 13319871987
    New Submission
    Cover of Soul Captives, 1994, CDSoul Captives
    CD
    Esoldun – RB 3010France1994France1994
    New Submission
    Cover of The Best Of, 1996, CDThe Best Of
    CD, Album, Reissue
    Jet Set Records – 44 403-2, Beverley's Records – BLP 011, Culture Press – 44 403-2France1996France1996
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    Cover of Best Of The Wailers, 1997, CDBest Of The Wailers
    CD, Album, Remastered
    EMI – 494235-2France1997France1997
    New Submission
    Cover of Best Of The Wailers, 1998, CDBest Of The Wailers
    CD, Album, Remastered
    Fifty Five – FF 1361-2, BMG France – FF 1361-2France1998France1998
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    Reviews

    • elmiragevinyl's avatar
      elmiragevinyl
      The version of the first song (Soul Shake Down Party) included on this reissue is the wrong version of the song. The 1971 original includes the vocal version with the entire set of lyrics, while this reissue includes an instrumental version of the song (only the first two lines of the lyrics are sung) from the B-side of a 7" released in 1970. Very disappointing, because they got this so right otherwise (artwork, labels, pressing quality).
      • casarico's avatar
        casarico
        Despite the claim this album is a faithful reproduction based on restored original tapes, this pressing contains an instrumental version of Soul Shake Down Party, unlike the original 1971 release.

        Culture Factory website:
        “The Best of The Wailers" was the first proper album by Bob Marley & The Wailers, recorded for Leslie Kong, Jamaica's most successful record producer of all time. These tapes have been restored by Nick Robbins in London and graded against all previous releases of "The Best of The Wailers" on vinyl.
        • existential_records's avatar
          Don't buy this! It's missing Soul Shakedown Party. Scratching my head...
          • ConnyStardust's avatar
            ConnyStardust
            Bought this today. What a wonderful music. Warm vibes make me dance.
            • coelacanthmf's avatar
              coelacanthmf
              apparently recorded just about on the cusp of their transition, these are some great versions of some of the usual familiar songs, + a few Excellent songs that aren't quite as ubiquitous. underrated album, in my opinion.
              • MatthewGB's avatar
                MatthewGB
                I’m not sure if this is a bootleg, all songs are credited to R Marley. Bob would put writing credits under different names within his circle to avoid paying tax on royalties.
                • jcblair1983's avatar
                  jcblair1983
                  Edited 3 years ago
                  This is the album that Bunny Wailer placed a curse on Leslie Kong for releasing. Leslie Kong never lived to see its release.
                  • ericblowtorch's avatar
                    ericblowtorch
                    The EQ on this release is heavy in the vocal frequencies, and the bass is much quieter than on the original release and the recent 45 RPM vinyl reissue. It actually sounds pretty cool, like you're hearing it on a transistor radio.
                    • daburu_d's avatar
                      daburu_d
                      Те же песни, что и в альбоме The Best of the Wailers, хотя указано, что это сборник
                      • lotr121's avatar
                        lotr121
                        Rare/unknown “lost” album from the early era of the Wailers. This album is the same of the “Best of the Wailers” released in the 70s. It is not a compilation but actually an album of early unreleased recordings. Produced by Leslie Kong, mislabeled as “King” on the back of record. This is the same reggae/ska producer who first released Bob’s and The Wailers first recordings in Jamaica. Great early sound, quality is not excellent but a great addition for any fan.

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