The early work of Bob Marley and the Wailers is to be re-released by Universal Music International (UMI) through a 10-year exclusive licensing deal with JAD Records, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based lab

The early work of Bob Marley and the Wailers is to be re-released by Universal Music International (UMI) through a 10-year exclusive licensing deal with JAD Records, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based label established by Danny Sims in 1967.

According to a statement issued from UMI this morning, repertoire covered in the deal will comprise 211 tracks, recorded from 1967-1972.

Sims is now recognized as one of the first label executives to spot the potential of Bob Marley. In the five years during which Marley and the Wailers were signed to his label, they recorded tracks that now are part of the JAD catalog -- among them such notable songs as "Stir It Up," "Small Axe," "Guava Jelly" and Concrete Jungle," together with an array of rare and unreleased tracks. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The pact, described by UMI VP of catalog marketing Julian Huntly as a "considerable coup," brings together virtually the entire recorded works of Bob Marley & the Wailers within the Universal Music family. "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," Huntly comments in a statement.
All of Marley's recordings post 1972 are on Island Records, a subsidiary of Universal.