Bob Mar­ley & The Wail­ers Turn Your Lights Down Low (1977)

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Bob Mar­ley gets most of the credit for bring­ing reg­gae to a world­wide au­di­ence, but Is­land Records’ in­sis­tence on a high-gloss hi-fi sound made the tra­di­tion­ally rough-and-ready genre more palat­able. Turn Your Lights Down Low demon­strates this beau­ti­fully: it’s such a spa­cious record­ing, with each in­stru­ment se­cure in its own area. Your speak­ers must de­scribe each player’s po­si­tion on the sound­stage and, most cru­cially, the space be­tween them if the in­ten­sity of the tune is to have full im­pact. Few songs use space as an in­stru­ment as ef­fec­tively.

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