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Bob Marley

  • Chances Are [Cotillion, 1981] C
  • Chant Down Babylon [Tuff Gong/Island, 1999] Neither

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Chances Are [Cotillion, 1981]
Compiled from what executive producer Danny Sims claims are unreleased 1968-1972 tracks and Sims's adversaries claim are overdubbed 1968-1972 demos, this is grave-robbing either way. Neither songs nor singing are what you'd call exquisite, and while the production shares certain of its awkwardnesses with the Marley-penned reggae that Sims' old partner Johnny Nash laid down after "I Can See Clearly Now," it's busier and rougher--busier and rougher than pre-Catch a Fire Wailers, too. Musically, there's often not much difference between unreleased tracks and overdubbed demos. C

Chant Down Babylon [Tuff Gong/Island, 1999] Neither

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