Perhaps no other group did more to popularize reggae music than The Wailers. This mighty force in reggae had its starts as a trio produced by Clement Dodd in Jamaica’s legendary Studio One. This collection takes us back to those seminal days when the group was a vocal trio: Marley, Peter Tosh and Neville Livingston. It was at this time the group recorded early versions of “One Love” and “Simmer Down”, heard on this release.
There is a proto-ska sound to these recording that includes backing musicians that later figured heavily in the ska movement: Tommy McCook, Lloyd Brevett, Roland Alphonso, etc. This is the sound influenced by American radio that emerged out of Jamaica and later diverged down two paths: ska and reggae.