Natty Dread [Remastered] [Bonus Track]

Natty Dread [Remastered] [Bonus Track]

by Bob Marley & the Wailers
     
 

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The 2001 reissue of Natty Dread is digitally remastered with fully annotated liner notes, and features the bonus track "Am-A-Do"

Overview

The 2001 reissue of Natty Dread is digitally remastered with fully annotated liner notes, and features the bonus track "Am-A-Do"

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jim Newsom
Natty Dread is Bob Marley's finest album, the ultimate reggae recording of all time. This was Marley's first album without former bandmates Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston, and the first released as Bob Marley & the Wailers. The Wailers' rhythm section of bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett and drummer Carlton "Carlie" Barrett remained in place and even contributed to the songwriting, while Marley added a female vocal trio, the I-Threes (which included his wife Rita Marley), and additional instrumentation to flesh out the sound. The material presented here defines what reggae was originally all about, with political and social commentary mixed with religious paeans to Jah. The celebratory "Lively Up Yourself" falls in the same vein as "Get Up, Stand Up" from Burnin'. "No Woman, No Cry" is one of the band's best-known ballads. "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)" is a powerful warning that "a hungry mob is an angry mob." "Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Road Block)" and "Revolution" continue in that spirit, as Marley assumes the mantle of prophet abandoned by '60s forebears like Bob Dylan. 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. [The 2001 Definitive Remasters edition also includes the track "Am-A-Do," which was recorded during the Natty Dread sessions but shelved until the 1991 compilation, Talkin' Blues. It is restored here to its proper chronological context.]
All Music Guide
Natty Dread is Bob Marley's finest album, the ultimate reggae recording of all time. This was Marley's first album without former bandmates Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingstone, and the first released as Bob Marley and the Wailers. The Wailers' rhythm section of bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett and drummer Carlton "Carly" Barrett remained in place and even contributed to the songwriting, while Marley added a female vocal trio, the I-Threes (which included his wife Rita Marley), and additional instrumentation to flesh out the sound. The material presented here defines what reggae was originally all about, with political and social commentary mixed with religious paens to Jah. The celebratory "Lively Up Yourself" falls in the same vein as "Get Up, Stand Up" from Burnin'. "No Woman No Cry" is one of the band's best-known ballads. "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)" is a powerful warning that "a hungry mob is a angry mob." "Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock)" and "Revolution" continue in that spirit, as Marley assumes the mantle of prophet abandoned by '60s forebears like Bob Dylan. 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. ~ Jim Newsom, All Music Guide

Product Details

Release Date:
06/12/2001
Label:
Island
UPC:
0731454889520
catalogNumber:
548895
Rank:
14311

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Marley & the Wailers   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Bob Marley   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
I-Threes   Background Vocals
Yasha Anderson   Guitar
Aston Barrett   Bass Guitar
Carlton "Carly" Barrett   Percussion,Drums
Touter   Organ,Piano

Technical Credits

Phil Ault   Engineer
Aston Barrett   Composer
Carlton "Carly" Barrett   Composer
Chris Blackwell   Producer
Syd Bucknor   Engineer
Margaret Goldfarb   Reissue Production Coordination
Sylvan Morris   Engineer
Zonker Roberts   Tape Research
Wailers   Producer
Neville Garrick   Reissue Art
Jane Hitchin   Tape Research
David Lascelles   Tape Research
W. San Francisco   Composer
Lecon Cogill   Composer

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