Words by Tasha Brown—
Remixing any legend’s tunes is risky business. But remixing Bob Marley is like remixing Michael Jackson. You don’t do it unless you really know what you’re doing.
UME/Tuff Gong’s upcoming Legend: Remixed (out June 25) is a re-imagination of the definitive Bob Marley and The Wailers hits collection and the greatest selling reggae album ever, Legend. Putting their spin on Bob’s most seminal tunes is a multi-genre crew that includes Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Thievery Corporation, RAC, Pretty Lights, DJ Z-Trip & Lee “Scratch” Perry, and Ziggy Marley.
Last month, Stephen Marley and Jason Bentley gave fans a preview of the album with their version of “Three Little Birds,” which you can listen to here. Now, guitarist/songwriter/vocalist Jim James’ has added his flavor to the iconic “Waiting in Vain.” The track starts raw with a few vocal asides and minimal production, a good setup for the rest of the song. Jim makes the track his own with more guitar and some more rock-style drumming, but no need to worry, the track still remains gentle. The island groove is still there, just with a more uptempo vibe.
Stream the track here, and look out for more from Legend Remixed soon.