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Friday, Jan. 4, 2008

Bob Marley & the Wailers

Another Dance: Rarities From Studio One (Heartbeat)

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Bob Marley became a global star in the 1970s, the biggest reggae act from Jamaica. Before then, Marley made a stream of singles popular on his island home. Another Dance collects singles and alternate takes recorded from 1964 through 1966. The disc reveals Marley’s roots not only in the rock-steady Jamaican rhythms that preceded reggae, but also in American R&B. His “Ska Jerk” is a thinly disguised rewrite of Junior Walker’s stateside hit “Shotgun” and the shimmering, yearning vocal harmonies could have come from any number of black American groups, as could some of the gossamer melodies. Arguably, the early version of “One Love” included here is more affecting than the familiar take from Marley’s days of stardom.