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Africa Unite: The Singles Collection

Bob Marley, Bob Marley & the WailersAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 8, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000BLI4RY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,125 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Soul Rebels
2. Lively Up Yourself
3. Trench Town Rock
4. Concrete Jungle
5. I Shot The Sheriff
6. Get Up, Stand Up
7. No Woman, No Cry
8. Roots, Rock, Reggae
9. Exodus
10. Waiting In Vain
11. Jammin'
12. Is This Love
13. Sun Is Shining
14. Could You Be Loved
15. Three Little Birds
16. Buffalo Soldier
17. One Love / People Get Ready
18. Africa Unite
19. Slogans
20. Stand Up Jamrock

Editorial Reviews

About the Artist

Bob Marley's Island Records material and pre-Island stuff has generally been split apart ­ not just because of label contracts but also because Marle'¹s earlier work is more steadfastly in the ska, rocksteady or roots reggae vein, while his later material had that well-defined reggae sound with a shot of rock guitar added. A de facto expanded version of the hugely popular Legend hits package, Africa Unite pads the those hits with a seminal early tune ("Soul Rebels") as well as live or earlier recorded versions of classics like "Lively Up Yourself" and "Concrete Jungle." The 20-song set also adds the previously unreleased "Slogans," as well as two modern remixes. As a one-CD overview of an artist who was much more than a reggae hits machine, Africa Unite works far better than Legend. But really, it only scratches the surface of the Marley legacy, particularly in regard to his formative but ultimately excellent early material. ­--Tad Hendrickson

Product Description

In the year Bob Marley would have turned 60, the past, present, and future of his music are celebrated--not only with the first Bob Marley & the Wailers greatest-hits package to include both his early sides and his Island Records hits, but also a new recording and two new remixes. Along with 17 vintage tracks, Africa Unite: The Singles Collection spotlights "Slogans," the first new official Marley track released in more than a decade. It is believed Marley recorded the song in a Miami bedroom in 1979. The tapes were kept at Marley's mother's house and in 2004 the reggae legend's sons Stephen and Ziggy revisited the acoustic demo. In 2005, Stephen overdubbed the tracks with other instruments, including guitar by Eric Clapton. Stephen and Ziggy produced "Slogans" specifically for this release.

Another new recording is a remix of "Africa Unite," whose original was heard on the 1979 album Survival. The song is presented here in an anthemic remix by of the Black Eyed Peas, who was personally invited to create the remix by Rita Marley, Bob's wife. Also new is the Ashley Beedle remix of "Get Up, Stand Up vs. Jamrock," a mash-up of Bob's classic and "Welcome To Jamrock," the 2005 hit from youngest son Damian.

Africa Unite: The Singles Collection commemorates Marley's life on record just as the 2005 Africa Unite concert in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on his 60th birthday (February 6) commemorated it on stage.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Most fans own "Legend". It's a great compilation and I actually own it myself. But this cd just blowns Legend away, Not only are there more tracks but there is simply more quality Not only does it have Bobs most known hits like "Jammin", "No Women No Cry", and "Exodus" but it also has some remixes and a previously unreleased track, all of which are spectacular. While all of Bob's original songs are easily 10/10 heres how the new songs rank in my mind.

18) Africa Unite (Will.I.Am. Remix)--11/10--Best of the new songs and one of the best on the cd. I was hesitant at first (Not a big fan of Black Eyed Peas) but this song is fantastic. Easily best Marley remix I've ever heard (Although if I were you I'd check out the techno remix of "Sun is Shining"). Just a great song for chillin.

19) Slogans--10/10-- Not as good as the last but still another Marley masterpiece. Nice beat and better lyrics. Gotta love it.

20) Stand Up Jamrock (Ashley Beedle Remix--10/10--this song completes the cd with an edgier sounding song with a nice beat that makes it a great take of "Get Up, Stand Up". If you like Damian Marleys music you'll dig this one as it has some samples from "Welcome to Jamrock". Makes the cd a clean sweep of 10's

So as I was saying BUY THIS CD. f you've got $50 laying around go and buy the "Songs of Freedom" box setbut for this price you cant beat the cd. And go buy some Toots and Maytals or Steel Pulse while your at it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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*If* you have been following Bob's career from its beginnings (ever heard the Wailers do "What's New Pussycat?" from the late '60s? It is an ALL-TIME STONE COLD CLASSIC!!!), you will not give short shrift to the first few songs on this CD, but rather rejoice that they are now available with much better (though not as good as his latter productions) mixes, thanks to superior technology. "Soul Rebel", "Lively Up Yourself", "Trench Town Rock", and "Concrete Jungle" are surely some of his finest songs EVER and *rightly* deserve to be included right alongside "Jamming" and "Could You Be Loved", which almost sound like fluff compared to these hard hitting, timeless and lyrically poignant classics.

Onward, the new song and remixes are a nice addition, all songs represent first class Marley material. I rate this compilation the highest single disc achievement of the "greatest hits" type. I still prefer the CDs "Catch A Fire", "Burnin'", "Natty Dread", "Rastaman Vibration", and "Survival" to any greatest hits collection, however. If you love Bob Marley, you OWE IT TO YOURSELF to get the entire Island/Tuff Gong collection of recordings from 1973's "Catch a Fire" through 1983's "Confrontation", and also the "Live at the Roxy" 2 CD (not the single disc) set. Of the Deluxe Edition CDs, "Exodus" is a worthy choice, however, take note: the additional live material on the "Rastaman Vibration" (Deluxe Edition) IS the same material you can get in complete format on the 2 CD "Live at the Roxy" release, and the additional material on the "Catch A Fire" (Deluxe Edition) CD set is merely the original Jamiacan mixes and the "final release" mixes from England via Chris Blackwell (Island Records), in duplicate format.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my all time fave cds! May 5, 2012
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This cd is a great collection by the master of music, Bob Marley. Not only does it have some of his best songs, but it also has what I've heard was the last song he wrote before he passed away, "Slogans", and remixes by Amazing to listen to in the car on a nice, sunny day, with the windows rolled down, singing away! :)
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slogans, for greatest hits! November 27, 2005
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Slogans the song, was astonishingly good. i didnt expect it to be brilliant, but it is!

here is my ratings for the songs;

1. Soul Rebel - 6/10

- This was done in the 60's, when he didnt have a proper recording studio, so it may sound abit cheesy, but the lyrics are still there.

2. Lively Up Yourself - 6/10

- Also one of Bob's early recordings, still good!

3. Trench Town Rock - 6/10

- This is a early version of Bob's live "Trench Town Rock". very good.

4. Concrete Jungle - 6/10 :::: Catch A Fire version 9/10

- This is also another early day recording by Bob. Check out Bob's other version of "Concrete Jungle" from Catch A Fire, which was done in 1973.

5. I Shot The Sheriff - 9/10

- This is a very catchy tune, and deserves its popularity, this was also covered by Eric Clapton, which got the American public, to know Bob.

6. Get Up Stand Up - 9/10

- Very good song, it shows how much pain poeple in Jamiaca, must of gone through.

7. No Woman No Cry - 8/10

- Very good song, world wide famous, deserves it too.

8. Roots Rock Reggae - 8.5/10

- Very cool, in this song were seeing, Bob's cool side. And very catchy.

9. Exodus - 8/10

- Again a great song, deserves more fame.

10. Waiting In Vain - 10/10

- Who can't love this song?

11. Jammin' - 10/10

- Time to skank, one would say his best song.

12. Is This Love - 10/10

- I think it's one of the best love songs ever!

Now thats saying something.

13. Sun Is Shining - 8/10

- Good song, from the 1978's Kaya album.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Legend in some regards. But missing a few essentials.
I never actually owned Legend. But I'd heard it many times and liked it. But when I saw Africa Unite and noticed it had more songs than Legend that led me to grab a copy. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jeff Wilder
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Marley Music
Though I already have most of the songs on this compilation, Slogans and Get Up, Stand Up (remix) was a bonus. No hassle order and delivery process. Read more
Published on May 27, 2010 by Slow Gold
5.0 out of 5 stars Dissappointed
It took way too long to get here and when I finally received The CD it was a bit confusing because when I played the CD in Rhapsody it listed the songs that were listed on the CD... Read more
Published on July 1, 2009 by IBelieve
2.0 out of 5 stars Over And Over Again... {2.5 Stars}
For all intents and purposes, this is a Bob Marley and The Wailers greatest hits release. I'm not sure how many more ways Marley's hits can be spun, but I do know that Tuff Gong... Read more
Published on February 22, 2007 by Norfeest
5.0 out of 5 stars This is CLEARLY the best compilation of Marley
I couldn't agree with the other reviews more. This is a MUST HAVE for any music fan. I played this at a barbecue, and it was a huge hit. Read more
Published on February 13, 2007 by Dee Man
5.0 out of 5 stars BOB MARLEY!
If you love the greatest from Marley; this is the one to buy!
Published on November 6, 2006 by J. Godwin
5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Compilation Of An Incredible Musician And An Incredible...
Bob Marley is a genius in every sense of the word. An incredible musician and one of the most intelligent and compassionate men to ever grace this earth. Read more
Published on October 7, 2006 by Anthony Nasti
This album is far better than "Legend", which has put some of the wrong songs on.

Slogans is the best song on this greatest hits album by far - it has a sweet rythm to... Read more
Published on January 6, 2006 by Gertrude
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily The Best.
Africa Unite : 2005



The first songs are midly good. Read more
Published on December 17, 2005 by Mark Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Africa Unite!
This album is top class, and has a previously unheard bob song called slogans.

all the other songs are mint to!

i would give the album 6 stars, buy it!
Published on November 27, 2005 by Albert Wagner
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