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Natty Dread [Original recording remastered]

Bob Marley and the Wailers , Bob Marley & The Wailers Audio CD
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1. Lively Up Yourself
2. No Woman, No Cry
3. Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)
4. Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Road Block)
5. So Jah Seh
6. Natty Dread
7. Bend Down Low
8. Talkin' Blues
9. Revolution
10. Am-A-Do (Bonus Track)

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Natty Dread captures Bob Marley's decisive transition from Wailers band member to auteur, his singing and writing now front and center, and the revamped band securely reined in to his defiant, Rastafarian worldview. This 1974 release mirrors the lineup's more sinewy sound, carved by Al Anderson's spidery guitar fills, Touter's telegraphic keyboard, the I-Threes' female vocal choruses and vamping horns--a potent brew that bubbles under his then most openly political songs. A position paper on the daunting ghetto realities of Jamaica's Trenchtown, the album reels off a series of enduring Marley classics and kicks off with the giddy, sexy reggae anthem, "Lively Up Yourself," with its hilarious but mysterious spoken fadeout ("What you got in dat bag, dere?"). It continues with the uplifting pep talk in "No Woman No Cry," the grim dispatches of "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)" and "Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock)," as well as the exhortations of the title song and "Revolution." Marley's own dreadlocks were still just growing in then, but this is nonetheless fully matured, riveting reggae at its most focused, righteous, and rhythmically irresistible. --Sam Sutherland

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent July 5 2013
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for those who dont know, Natty Dread is the first album released by Bob Marley and the Wailers. Its pure classic, even raw. I love it..even the well known hits, like "lively up yourself"..or "No woman nuh cry" is at its purest on this album. You feel the depth of his soul, his message, his talent as an artist. Every fan should own this, my favourite tune is "so jah say"!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bob on helium? May 26 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a first class Marley album with great production values, thumping beats, clicks and shrieks, great songs, and everything that you would expect from a great Marley album. I think my favorite song here is So Jah Seh, a delightful hymn to Jah, which must be delightful, come to think of it, for me to recommend it, as normally I am no fan of gospel music.
My only quibble is with the version of No Woman, No Cry, which is surely recorded at the wrong speed as the tempo is absurdly fast and Marley sounds like he is on helium. This is not as far fetched as it might sound, as it was recently discovered after many, many years that part of Miles Davis' much acclaimed album Kind of Blue had been at the wrong speed all along.
I solved the problem here by making a copy of the album with the wonderful version of No Woman, No Cry from the Live! album and now I have an even better CD.
Still, this is another of the great Marley albums and definitely worth getting, helium or no helium.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece Feb. 15 2003
Format:Audio CD
Natty Dread is a masterpiece. Every song has a message, and every song can be listened to over and over again. Nobody in music can compare to Bob's brilliance. Natty Dread is surely an album that will live on forever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Natty Album and a Dread Album- Natty Dread July 27 2002
Format:Audio CD
"Natty Dread" was the first album of the revamped Bob Marley and the Wailers following the departure of foundation Wailers Peter Tosh and Bunny "Wailer" Livingston. It is also to my mind the best of the Wailers albums (although to be fair I haven't heard all of "Exodus") but while Marley would go on to write classic songs like "Jammin'", "Waiting in Vain" and "Redemption Song", I don't think any of his subsequent albums equal this- they're good but just a bit too polished and slick. This reggae, on the other hand, rocks hard, especially on "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry); "Talking Blues", "Rebel Music", "So Jah Seh", "Revolution", and the cover tune. The album kicks off in style with a glorious remake of the 1971 Wailers hit (in Jamaica) "Lively Up Yourself", and also includes a fine remake of their 1966 song "Bend Down Low". And, of course, this album also has the touching "No Woman No Cry", although I prefer the live version that appears on "Legend".
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