Bob Marley & The Wailers - Natty Dread

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Natty Dread is the seventh studio album by Jamaican reggae musician / band Bob Marley & The Wailers, originally released in October 1974 by Island and Tuff Gong Records.

Natty Dread is Bob Marley's finest album, the ultimate reggae recording of all time proving the possibilities of the genre.

Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingstone (later Wailer) having just departed from Marley's band, he brought in a passel of new backing musicians and installed the I-Threes, a female vocal trio that included his wife, Rita, to play shimmering Greek chorus to his omniscient narrator. The record unspools like a pristine jam session, a huge range of instruments weaving in and out according to the emotional tenor of the moment, drum fills, cowbells and a thoughtful, sometimes ominous bass piling up the sonic richness.

The material presented here defines what reggae was originally all about, with political and social commentary mixed with religious paeans to Jah.

Beyond the lilting charm of the ballad No Woman, No Cry, which has become a reggae classic and cover staple, what Natty Dread evinces is Marley's remarkable musical control. Lively Yourself Up is cool and stripped down, every guitar note and percussive shake seems necessary. Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Road Block) folds in sidelines of harmonica and stalls for brief drum turns between the regulation loping, circular beat and the muse-like affirmations of the I-Threes. So Jah Seh, a taut profession of Rastafarian faith, does not resist the earthly pleasures of a big horn sound and thoughtful piano playing.

All of reggae's signature forces are in vibrant play. Its charismatic political rebelliousness is trickily conveyed on Them Belly Full (But We Hungry), in which Marley plays double agent, posing as the good-time partymaster while rallying the desperate troops with a vocal line that bends at the tips like the branches of a weeping willow. Like South Asia’s qawwali music and American blues, reggae folds in sensual with spiritual ecstasies. The blues like Bend Down Low is grounded by a grouchy pop-up rhythm while Marley and the I-Threes sing ethereally, even merrily, with their eyes on the heavens.

Natty Dread wrangled the seemingly irreconcilable impulses of reggae, its economy of line and expansiveness of spirit, into an intense evocation of a people's boundless capacities for faith, anger and love.

In addition to the lyrical strengths, the music itself is full of emotion and playfulness, with the players locked into a solid groove on each number. Considering that popular rock music was entering the somnambulant disco era as Natty Dread was released, the lyrical and musical potency is especially striking. Marley was taking on discrimination, greed, poverty, and hopelessness while simultaneously rallying the troops as no other musical performer was attempting to do in the mid-'70s.

Check out these tracks: No Woman, No Cry; Lively Up Yourself; Rebel Music and Them Belly Full (But We Hungry).

This 2015 remaster on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl includes a download of the album and is pressed in Europe by Island Records.

 

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Lively Up Yourself

5:11

A2

No Woman, No Cry

3:46

A3

Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)

3:13

A4

Rebel Music (3 O’clock Roadblock)

6:45

B1

So Jah She

4:27

B2

Natty Dread

3:35

B3

Talkin’ Blues

4:06

B4

Revolution

4:23

SKU 600753600665
Record Label Island Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 600753600665
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 25 September 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 25 October 1974
Barcode # 600753600665
Shipping Weight 0.3050kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition, Remastered, Reissue, LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Reggae
Format VINYL LP

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