scratch wrote: Seems to me that Bob Marley and the Wailers, from 1974 until Bob's death, eclipsed the original band and the former members, at least for the mass audience.
Ya, commercially for sure. I just think the the original Wailers got really good from years playing together, heard especially in the live recordings of 73. The Wailers of the late 70's were a stadium-friendly, giant touring production. Nothing bad about that sound, but the original small band was more spontaneous and intense. Peter Tosh, Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer in one band is hard to beat, they were the dreadlock beatles.
Are you named after Scratch Perry, the famous Reggae producer of 60's and 70's? (actually I'm not sure if I remember who Scratch Perry was so maybe "famous" is a little strong.)