After recent very sparse pickings in the used vinyl crates locally I had much better luck at the weekend after finding 6 albums that were worth buying, all of which will appear here at some point, but the first is the one I’m listening to now, Bob Marley – Natty Dread. There it is playing in the picture.
This copy is a bit crackly between tracks but no skips, jumps or major flaws and for £4 I won’t be complaining. I can’t say when this copy was released, (well, I probably could but that feels like too much effort today) but the original was 1974, when I was 7 years old, so it could actually be 40 years old and it’s in fine condition for that age (unlike myself!)
1. “Lively Up Yourself”
2. “No Woman, No Cry”
3. “Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)”
4. “Rebel Music (3 O’clock Roadblock)”
5. “So Jah Seh”
6. “Natty Dread”
7. “Bend Down Low”
8. “Talkin’ Blues”
I would think that most people would have heard ‘No woman, No Cry” but probably not this original version, which has a different tempo to the live version that most people will have heard. I like this one, but it does feel a little odd as I’m much more used to the live one.
This album marked the transition from ‘The Wailers’ to ‘Bob Marley & The Wailers’ and was the first to feature the “I-Threes”, a female vocal trio that included Bob’s wife, Rita Marley, along with Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt. It also marked the departure of Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer.
Having mostly known only two Marley albums, those being ‘Exodus’ and the compilation ‘Legend’ this, to me, is like listening to a new release, which makes me a very lucky chap! There were so many albums that I wanted to own and listen to from the late 60’s all the way up to the 90’s that I just couldn’t afford at the time and being able to not only re-discover these albums but actually discover them now, so many years later, is just wonderful. I definitely have to get a copy of Exodus though, as ‘Natural Mystic’ is probably one of my favourite tracks of all time.