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Natty Dread Original recording remastered
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Japanese SHM-CD pressing. Universal. 2015.
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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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.
This music can make you feel good like every good music can. This was Marley's break-through album, and I can really understand why. Good music is universal and it lives forever. So does this.
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my absolute favorite Marley album of all time. Pressed in the EU and sounds great.Published 7 months ago by P. Hattie
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2003 by Josh Routhier