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Damian "Junior Gong" Marley: Mr. Marley

Album Notes

Personnel: Damian "Junior Gong" Marley (vocals, drums); Stephen Marley (guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, background vocals); Julian Marley (guitar, keyboards, bass, background vocals); Owen Reid (guitar, bass); Bob Marley (guitar); Earl Fitzsimmonds, Carl McClaughlin, Noel Davey (keyboards); Christopher Meredith (bass); Robert Brownie, Wilburn Squiddly Cole, Sly Dunbar (drums); Cedella Marley, Sharon Marley, Erica Newell (background vocals).

Producers: Stephen Marley, David Marley, Rohan Marley, Robert Marley, Kymani Marley, Julian Marley, Damian "Junior Gong" Marley.

Engineers: Keith Grant, Alrick Thompson, "Dr." Errol Brown.

Recorded at Tuff Gong Studios, Kingston, Jamaica.

MR. MARLEY was Damian Marley's first release as a solo artist, reissued worldwide after the cross-genre success of his breakthrough album, WELCOME TO JAMROCK. Originally released in 1996 and featuring songwriting and production by older brother Stephen Marley, MR. MARLEY deals head-on with the issue of Damian's legendary father and his influence, both in featuring a baby photo of Damian with his dad on the front cover and by adapting some of Bob Marley's rhythms for his own songs. This is not a pure reggae release, however; rather, it's the first of Damian Marley's trademark blends of hip-hop attitude and reggae soul that would make him an international star nearly a decade later. Highlights include the slinky "Keep On Grooving" and the album's closing paternal tribute, "Mr. Marley."


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