REVIEW: Bob Marley & The Wailers’ “Legend Remixed”

 photo MarleyLR_cover_zps621eea71.jpg Okay, so we know that Bob Marley’s Legend is one of the greatest compilation/catalog albums ever released. When it comes to Marley, people only want to hear the established/pushed hits, and aren’t willing to dig deeper unless they want to. Those that do dig deeper will be rewarded. So now, there is an album with brand new remixes of Marley’s Island Records output, and it’s called Legend Remixed (Tuff Gong/Universal) but is it needed? No. This album also shows that major labels don’t know what a remix is. Someone like Jim James can cover “Waiting In Vain” but that doesn’t make it a remix in my book. That’s a cover version. A COVER. Thievery Corporation? They know how to remix, and their remix of “Get Up Stand Up” is fairly decent. Roni Size doing “I Shot The Sheriff”? Eh. Photek handling “One Love/People Get Ready”? Eh part 2.

The best track on here happens to be Z-Trip’s take on “Punky Reggae Party” and when Z-Trip does things, he goes deep. He even went to Lee “Scratch” Perry to assist. Now is that remix worthy of an entire remix album? Does having remixes by some of Marley’s offspring merit… anything? It seems silly for Legend Remixed to exist, since this isn’t going to sell with every future generation? Lucky if anyone in this generation is going to care or know about this by the end of November. I would have picked a number of other people for this, and if you’re going to do remixes or covers, know the difference. Otherwise, don’t bother me.

VIDEO: Lee “Scratch” Perry honored with documentary film and new book

If you are a serious fan of reggae music, then you will know of the name Lee “Scratch” Perry. Perhaps some of you have already examined his music. It would be impossible for anyone to have heard everything he has recorded, for he still has a few master tapes and multi-tracks fermenting in rich Jamaican soil, or he may have given a few tracks to aliens who have visited him. Nonetheless, if you are aware of the beautiful strangeness of Perry, or want to know more, you’ll want to see a forthcoming documentary that a number of critics have given praise, called The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry. It will open in select theaters (i.e. it’s not going to be in every city that Harry Potter will open), so check it out if it plays near you.

In the mid-1990’s, the Beastie Boys magazine Grand Royal dedicated an issue to Perry, which prompted not only music fans to discover who he is, but also moved Island Records to releasing the incredible Arkology box set. Journalist and longtime reggae fan Jeremy Collingwood will have his book on Perry’s discography released in the U.S. this Friday called Kiss Me Neck: The Scratch Story in Words, Pictures and Records. Dub plate junkies, unite!