BOB MARLEY ANd the Wailers Greatest Hits At Studio One (Heartbeat) Rating: NNN
Scooped in the Studio One reissue department by the deep-digging Soul Jazz label, Heartbeat goes back to the basics with this bare-bones collection of Bob Marley's roots. The reggae giant recorded some of his most explosive work in Coxsone Dodd's primitive studio, including the classics Simmer Down, Love And Affection and the churning original take on One Love. The problem here is that this isn't exactly a new revelation. These songs have been reissued and remastered dozens of times, and while it's nice to have them all together again, Greatest Hits At Studio One doesn't bring anything new to the story. The barrel has been scraped clean.