PERFORMER: BOB MARLEY
ALBUM: SONGS OF FREEDOM
LABEL: TUFF GONG/ISLAND
THE BOTTOM LINE: This is a Jamaican bumper crop of the last great soul music -- and some of the best ever.
IF THIS WERE JUST A 78-SONG GREATest-hits package, it would be fine enough. If it were only an intense musical biography, it would be one of the most magical and darkly lyrical stories in the whole mythology of contemporary music. But beyond packaging, beyond biography, Songs of Freedom is a legacy -- of a past that still permeates the musical present and points at the same time toward the...