An album title that would cause considerable confusion in the future, The Best of the Wailers was Little Rain Falling - John Hammond* - Country Blues a roundup of the group's current singles nor a career-spanning look back at what the band had accomplished so far.
Instead, it was a ten-song set of what was then new recordings all overseen by producer Leslie Kong. The Wailers were, in contrast, at a low point, their own hopes kindled by Johnny Nash dashed, while a series of sessions with other producers yielded little of consequence. Perhaps Kong could work Quiet Before End - Sparkle In Grey - The Echoes Of Thiiings / Fadiiing Echoes magic on them.
Kong 's studio band, the Beverleys' All Stars aka Gladdy's All Starsled by pianist Gladstone "Gladdy" Andersonlaid down sumptuous reggae backings that rippled with melody. The rhythms, while rock solid, were less emphatic and jumpy than their competitors, with the arrangements interweaving Gladstone 's glorious piano, Winston Wright 's effervescent organ, and Hux Brown 's Western-flared guitar. The All Stars' superb backings powered innumerable hits, and the The Maytals / Beverleys All Stars - Johnny Cool Man served the Wailers equally well, giving a luminescent quality to all the songs here.
Of the ten numbers, the harmony-drenched "Soul Shakedown Party" was the standout, although the delicate and equally harmony-laden "Soul Captives" comes close. Kong was apparently so impressed with the strength of the music, he decided that Best Of best summed it up. The Wailers felt otherwise. It was obvious the producer was spread too thin, and once the sessions were Apartment 6C: Not What You See - Barry Manilow - Barry Manilow 5-6 the Wailers moved on, hooking up with Lee Perryand the band was peeved when Kong finally decided to release this set, especially with that title.
Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Genre Reggae. Freedom Affirmation Hanging Out. Track Listing. Soul Shakedown Party. Bob Marley. Stop That Train.
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