Bob Marley once said “Me is a common sense man…That mean when me explain things me explain it in a very simple way, that mean if I explain it to a baby the baby will understand too, you know.” B is for Bob is out June 23 on Ume/Island/Tuff Gong by four-time Grammy winning producer, Ziggy Marley.
B is For Bob is a CD that has many of Marley’s classics remixed with a simplified approach. It is remixed to the point that Bob Marley isn’t the singer for every song. This is a perfect blending of music towards the elementary market. Throughout my listening, I wished in kindergarten they would’ve turned this on instead of Barney and Friends. It is a pleasure to listen to. The oldest Marley son was clearly thinking when producing this album. Through his father's legacy of self-determination, hope, joy, love, and empathy, Ziggy clearly made all of these themes prominent. At times I was thinking to myself, I thought I requested a kids CD, and not a CD that’d appeal to adults and the coffee shop listener. It was then that I recalled how universal his audience is.
This is not just an album for kids. It’s Bob Marley we’re dealing with here.
“Jamming” was my favorite song on this record. When I heard the introduction filled with a conga and bongo jam, I was reassured that this album had a reinventing flavor. It’s a very laid back tune with the original Marley vocal track. I truly enjoyed this remix that implemented the classic Bob Marley with Ziggy’s taste. This song is a testament to the Marley family legacy. Including both new and old, “Jamming” is a fantastic modernization of the 1977 masterpiece. His legacy included his powerful political message that touches people of all ages.