When Bob Marley achieved his long-sought crossover success in the mid-'70s, few of his new US and UK fans knew that the Kingston native had been releasing singles and albums in Jamaica since the early 60s. SOUL REBEL VOL. 2 collects 12 of these early tracks, including the original versions of several songs Marley later re-recorded for Island Records, including "Stand Alone," "African Herbsman," "Stand Alone," and "Lively Up Yourself," as well as the classic title track. These early songs are in no way inferior to the better-known later versions, and in fact, many reggae purists prefer the energy and rough edges of these tracks. More obscure tunes like "Rainbow Country" and "Brain Washing" show that Marley's spiritual and political obsessions began long before his commercial breakthrough. SOUL REBEL VOL. 2 is an excellent glimpse into reggae's earliest years.
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