Speaking of "waited too long,"
I started going through the Wailers catalogues and one of the two Island/Tuff Gong-era Marley studio albums I never owned on physical media, and have therefore not heard so many times, is Rastaman Vibration. How good do you think that one is? I thought that was supposed to be one of his classic albums, but while it's not bad I'm pretty underwhelmed by it. I can't tell if it's because it wasn't part of my college student "Bob Marley phase" or I just straightforwardly don't like it that much. I didn't hear Blackheart Man until much later and I still think that's as good as anything Marley was doing during that era.
I do have to say that with the three albums before that, while I still like them all I think these "normal" production sound flat compared to the stuff he did with Scratch, or that other people like Augustus Pablo were doing. I was also surprised to find that Catch a Fire is my least favorite of the three. Maybe with all the stuff they added in the London studio it doesn't have the same chemistry? I do prefer the album version of Stir It Up to the '60's version.