Island's 5 Classic Albums box set focuses on the latter half of iconic reggae singer Bob Marley's recording career, featuring his final studio albums: Rastaman Vibration (1976), Exodus (1977), Kaya (1978), Survival (1979), and Uprising (1980). Following his landmark Natty Dread album in 1974 and his hugely successful concert album Live! the following year, Bob Marley and his band the Wailers continued to produce vibrant, meaningful albums throughout the rest of the '70s, right up until the singer's untimely death in 1981. Some of his biggest hits, like "Jamming" and "One Love/People Get Ready," are from this era. While there are a handful or alternate takes and extended mixes contained here, the most attractive thing about this box is its price. 5 Classic Albums is a very good way to own some of Marley's most significant records on a tight budget. ~ Timothy Monger
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