His passing was a tragic blow to music worldwide and his contributions are immeasurable in so many ways. Granted there are many pioneers in the Reggae genre that are often overlooked, Marley seemed to be the most diverse, celebrated, and remembered of his generation.
Bob Marley was introduced to me in my senior year of high school during art class; our teacher would allow us to put on our choice of music during our projects. A classmate of mine (who now goes by the web name Ze Frank ) played Marley’s greatest hits album “Legend” over and over again, nearly every class. An interesting thing about Marley is that no matter how much you play his music “ad nauseum ” rarely do I find myself urged to change the channel or turn it off; his music just has a consistent freshness and beat that remains truly timeless.
My all time favorite studio albums are Catch a Fire (1973), Rastaman Vibration (1976). As for live albums, the one and only Babylon by Bus (1978) is just ridiculous and must have in anyone’s collection.
If you are in the mood for a day of Reggae and some reflection on how influential this man was in the world of good music, click here for Bob Marley Radio (it will require RealPlayer).
Happy 4:20 everyone in memory of Mr. Marley.