Working on a forklift. On a night shift. Real talk. Bob Marley’s Rastaman Vibration may have had a couple of the kind of positive spirited hits that sell bottled fruit beverages, but those aside, it’s a very politically hard-hitting album. There are songs about poverty, inequality, violence and other real-life things that don’t sit well with selling fruit juice. There are many, many reasons why Marley stands as one of the greatest, and one of them is how his multiple popular hits are just a gateway to even more deeply rewarding material. Plenty of artists have have a plethora of hit singles, but the rest of their catalog doesn’t have¬†anything substantial to offer when the greatest hits compilation gets overplayed. Bob Marley is the opposite; if anything, his less known material can outshine his hits.


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