"The Best of" Ziggy Marley and
the Melody Makers (1988-1993) (1997, Virgin)
When producer Leslie Kong released a "Best of the Wailers" compilation back in the late 60's, Bunny Wailer's response was quick and concise. How can he release a "best of", wondered Bunny, when the best is surely yet to come. One might well echo Bunny's sentiments when presented with this Melody Makers retrospective.
On the other hand, the album does serve a clear purpose by bringing together many of the band's most popular songs in one attractively packaged CD. For those looking for an introduction to the band, this is a good place to start. The 17 tracks on the album chart a remarkable course of youthful verve and invention to artistic maturity. For those who have followed the Melody Makers throughout their career, it is also a timely reminder of just how deep their catalog already is.
Click on any song title to go to its description page. Songs with sound icons have downloadable sound samples.
1. Kozmik 2. Look Who's Dancing 3. One Bright Day 4. Goodtime 5. Joy and Blues 6. Justice 7. Black My Story (Not History) 8. Lee & Molly 9. New Love 10. Tomorrow People 11. Brothers and Sisters 12. Rainbow Country 13. Tumblin' Down 14. Small People 15. When the Lights Gone Out 16. Who Will Be There 17. Conscious Party