More Rare Bob Marley Track Due

Universal Music International (UMI) is to rerelease the early work of Bob Marley & the Wailers through a 10-year exclusive licensing deal with JAD Records, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based label established in 1967 by Danny Sims, Billboard Bulletin reports.

UMI says the deal covers 211 tracks recorded from 1967-72. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. “It is thrilling, both personally and professionally, that Universal is now able to present to fans virtually the entire recorded works of one of the most prolific and influential artists of the 20th Century,” Universal Music International’s Julian Huntly said in a statement.

Sims is recognized as one of the first label executives to spot the potential of Marley. In their five years with JAD, Marley and the Wailers recorded such notable songs as “Stir It Up,” “Small Axe,” “Guava Jelly” and “Concrete Jungle,” plus material that was never released.

The first release will be a three-CD set, “Grooving Kingston 12,” due March 8 internationally. Named after the postal code for the Wailers’ Trench Town, Jamaica, homebase, it will include the first-ever CD release of the tracks “Music Gonna Teach” and “I’m Still Waiting,” plus the original version of “Concrete Jungle” and an extended version of “Trench Town Rock” with an extra scat verse.

The third disc begins with an eight-song acoustic medley featuring “Stir It Up,” “Cornerstone,” “This Train” and “Dewdrops.”

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