Stephen does it in One Take

By Howard Campbell
Observer senior reporter

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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Stephen Marley covers a lot of musical ground on One Take Acoustic Jams, his new album which dropped yesterday on the Marley-owned Ghetto Youths International label.

The multi-Grammy winner recorded the 11 songs at his Miami home. He played guitar and was backed by four musicians.

The album contains songs by The Wailers, his father Bob Marley and originals from his solo albums.

Marley, 46, is currently on an acoustic tour of the United States. He told Billboard Magazine that he had originally no plans to make the session with his friends public.

“We didn't really plan on an album so everything is in there, the mistakes too,” he said.

One Take Acoustic Jams includes All Day, a song that was recorded The Wailers for Catch A Fire, their 1972 breakthrough album for Island Records, although it did not make the album.

There are also versions of his father's Easy Skanking and the senior Marley's take on Junior Walker and the All Stars' Hold on to That Feeling. The latter is done to the beat of Desmond Dekker and The Aces' (007) Shantytown.

Mind Control and Revelation Party, two of Stephen Marley's best-known songs, also made the cut.

Javaughn Bond (bass), Ranoy Gordon (guitar), Nicholas Laraque (saxophones/clarinet) and percussionist Craig Taylor accompanied Marley on the set.

Marley has won three Grammy Awards as a solo act. His last was for Revelation Pt 1 — The Root of Life, which won the Best Reggae Album category in 2012.

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