REGGAE king Bob Marley’s year-long 70th birthday celebration continues with the release of two box sets, The Complete Island Recordings and The Complete Island Recordings: Collector’s Edition.

Each set features 11 vinyl albums spanning a decade of Bob Marley & The Wailers releases on Island Records and includes all nine studio albums recorded for Island Records.

“Vinyl is enjoying a global resurgence. The Marley catalogue has always been available on vinyl, but the collector’s box set is something new. Just as with Songs of Freedom back in the ’90s, we offer a limited edition version of the vinyl box set. It is exciting to report that the limited edition version has already sold out at the pre-order stage! Once we deliver those to customers, it will no longer be available in that special collectors box,” Myshijua Archibald, Tuff Gong’s label manager, told the Jamaica Observer October 7th.

Catch A Fire, their 1973 label debut, and Rastaman Vibration, their 1976 breakthrough album in the United States, along with two live albums, Live! and Babylon By Bus, are included.

Burnin’, Natty Dread, Exodus, Kaya, Survival, Uprising and Confrontation complete the roster.

“Other projects to come for the rest of the year in commemoration of the birth of Marley are the physical release of the Sly & Robbie album on December 4, along with a remastered version of the classic Tuff Gong album Rub A Dub Christmas that same month.

Marley died in May, 1981 of cancer. He was 36.
JamaicaObserver