| The following document lists in chronological
order all the songs known to have been released by Bob Marley.
The reggae prophet's career began when he was barely 17 years
of age, for the pioneering Jamaican producer Leslie Kong; continued
through the spectacular Coxson Dodd era with the original Wailers
(himself, Neville O'Reilly "Bunny" Livingstone, Peter
Tosh, Junior Braithwaite and the occasional voices of Beverly
Kelso, Cherry Green and Constantine "Dream" "Vision"
Walker); on through the never-before-documented Johnny Nash/Arthur
Jenkins/Danny Sims 1967-72 period; and into the world-spanning
Island years commencing in late 1972.
From 1970 forward, many of his tracks were released in version/dub formats as B-sides of seven inch singles; some had DJ artists such as I Roy and U Roy attached. For clarity's sake, we have included the main titles in the order of years in which they were originally recorded. When a title reappears, it is a remake with different musicians and arrangements from a previous citation. After the Wailers breakup, only Marly's solo work is listed.
There are several ways in which you can use this material. Obviously, reading straight through will give you a good idea of how ska, gospel, American pop and mento gave way to a brief departure into rock steady, which in turn yielded the immortal reggae beat. Titles will be presented by producer. Should you want to know all the songs individual producers did, click on their pictures, and all their songs with Marley will be shown, along with the years they were done. And because Bob rerecorded so many of his compositions, you might also arrange this list by song title to see the years in which he made each newer version.
The authors have adapted this material from their definitive discography of Bob Marley and the Wailers, which represents a combined 37 years of research. We have decided that if we wait until we are absolutely 100% certain that everything herein is accurate, we shall never be finished. Our list is based on what are often fallible human memories. As nearly all who have attempted this work have attested, there are many contradictions among the recollections of participants of sessions that are now as long as 34 years ago (at the time of this writing in early 1996). We welcome all comments, emendations, and corrections. A much more complete form of this document can be found by clicking on the Reggaesupersite icon to connect you to the Internet, and going to the Bob Marley and the Wailers Discography page. There you will find information that will tell you how to identify each and every singer and musician on all Bob's songs, plus the month of the session, names of each engineer and producer, matrix numbers on the original pressings, and label numbers for U.S., U.K. and Jamaican releases. Our discography will be constantly updated, and allow individuals to make additions, as well as read comments from the original participants. The project will ultimately be complemented by full-color reproductions of all label types, including every known vinyl color variation.
There are constant surprises in store for collectors of Bob Marley's records. Newly discovered titles turn up regularly. The Sims/Nash archives still contain 49 previously unknown tracks that are only now beginning to be offered to Bob's hungry public. Some are included on this disc; all the rest will follow soon.
There are many businesses and individuals worldwide who offer records for sale and trade. Many of the most important ones can be found on the Reggaesupersite, along with a free Needs/Wants locator service. Danny Sims is offering newly minted numbered pressings of some of the Wailers' long-buried treasures on the supersite as well.
Chronological Listing of Songs
Blowing In The Wind
Bend Down Low
[The following are productions by Lee "Scratch"
Perry, the Upsetter, uniting Bob for the first time with the
core of the band that would be with him for the rest of his career.
They were Scratch's rhythm section: Aston "Family Man"
Barrett on bass, and his brother Carlton on drums, abetted by
Alva "Reggie" Lewis on guitar and Glen Adams on keyboards.]
[The following are Johnny Nash productions]
[The following are Wailers' self-productions]