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Chart Watch - iTunes | Four Marley albums in top five

Published:Thursday | November 23, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Shabba Ranks
Jimmy Cliff
Bob Marley

Marley albums - whether by the father Bob or his sons Damian, Stephen, Ky-Mani and Ziggy - heavily populating the iTunes Reggae Albums Chart is nothing new. But even by the lofty Marley standards, the topmost handful of the 100 reggae albums identified on Thursday night was remarkable.

Save for the number three album Set in Stone (Stick Figure) it is Marley all the way. Bob, along with the Wailers, accounts for three of the positions, with Legend (Remastered) and Legend (Deluxe Edition) in positions one and two respectively. Gold (which has a very striking picture of Bob with springy locks looking over his shoulder) is at no. 5. Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley's Stony Hill takes the no. 4 slot.

For good measure there is another Bob Marley and the Wailers album in sixth place, Exodus (Remastered). Completing the top 10 are SOJA's Poetry in Motion at number seven, The Green's Marching Orders at no. 8, the ninth placed Courage to Grow (Rebelution) and Iration's Time Bomb bringing up double figures.

At 14 Chronixx's Chronology, released earlier this year, is two places ahead of an album which is 25 years older than it is - the original cut, that is - The Harder They Come (Remastered), on which Jimmy Cliff figures prominently (including Many Rivers to Cross and the title track).

When there are three albums by Jamaican performers on the trot to close out the top 20, it is no surprise that the Marleys are a large part of the trip. First is Survival (Remastered) at 18, followed by Shabba's Greatest Hits, with Jr Gong's Welcome to Jamrock wrapping up the top 20.

The pattern - mostly Marley when there are consecutive 'yard' albums on the iTunes chart - is soon repeated. Chronixx's Dread and Terrible is at 27, Bob Marley and the Wailers' Rastaman Vibration (Remastered) is at no. 28, Popcaan's Where We Come From is 29 and then come Confrontation (Remastered) and Uprising (Remastered) by Bob Marley and the Wailers are at 30 and 31 respectively.

Another original Wailer, Peter Tosh, is not far behind, with Scrolls of the Prophet: The Best of Peter Tosh at no. 34. Just behind that is The Best of Luciano - a curious name for a set released in 2002. There is no doubting the magnitude of the 20 songs, though, the album beginning with It's Me Again Jah (Live), followed by Sweep Over My Soul, Lord Give Me Strength and Over The Hills in that order.

Buju Banton's Til Shiloh is at no. 49 and, at 70, Jah9's New Name is enjoying a boost.