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Roots, Rock, Remixed/Bob Marley Remixed

Academic journal article Notes

Roots, Rock, Remixed/Bob Marley Remixed

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Bob Marley and the Wailers. Roots, Rock, Remixed. Quango/Tuff Gong RRCMR0701, 2007.

Asphalt Jungle. Bob Marley Remixed. BHP Music BHP30010-4, 2007.

In recent years, as remix culture has grown and spread, the music of reggae legend Bob Marley has proved irresistible to that culture's adepts. This should come as no surprise: many of Marley's songs are iconic, and are as familiar as folk music to a wide variety of people throughout the entire world; another contributing factor to the proliferation of remixes is the fact that the man is safely dead and the executors of his estate have proven remarkably accommodating of those who wish to use his music as a basis for their own experimentation. It should also come as no surprise that the results of those experiments have been disastrous more often than they have been successful. Eric Thorngren's 1980s remixes (in particular his atrocious disco treatment of "Buffalo Soldier") were pedestrian at their best, and when Bill Laswell produced an album-length collection of ambient mixes in 1997 (Dreams of Freedom: Ambient Translations of Bob Marley in Dub, Axiom 524419), it was universally reviled. But more recent attempts at reworking the Marley oeuvre have been more promising. Roots, Rock, Remixed compiles the efforts of such remix artists as the Fort Knox Five, DJ Spooky, Cordovan, and Afrodisiac Sound System, and the diversity of their approaches makes this album a fascinating and at times thrilling listen. …

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