Natural Mystic: The Legend Lives On [Bonus Tracks]

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Despite its massive commercial success, Legend, the 1984 Bob Marley & the Wailers compilation, was not an impressive best-of of the group's full career. It was assembled to highlight Marley's U.K. hit singles of the late '70s and seriously under-represented his early standards. You might think, therefore, that 11 years later, when Island Records finally got around to releasing what is in essence "Legend, Vol. 2," the label would redress the imbalance. No such luck. As its title, Natural Mystic: The Legend Lives On, suggests, this Marley "rest-of" has the same flaw as its predecessor. "Natural Mystic," the leadoff track, is from 1977's Exodus, an album that had already provided five tracks to Legend. Although there...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Despite its massive commercial success, Legend, the 1984 Bob Marley & the Wailers compilation, was not an impressive best-of of the group's full career. It was assembled to highlight Marley's U.K. hit singles of the late '70s and seriously under-represented his early standards. You might think, therefore, that 11 years later, when Island Records finally got around to releasing what is in essence "Legend, Vol. 2," the label would redress the imbalance. No such luck. As its title, Natural Mystic: The Legend Lives On, suggests, this Marley "rest-of" has the same flaw as its predecessor. "Natural Mystic," the leadoff track, is from 1977's Exodus, an album that had already provided five tracks to Legend. Although there were few additional U.K. singles, this collection gathers them up, including "Iron Lion Zion" and the newly reconfigured "Keep on Moving," both posthumous tracks heavily overdubbed long after Marley's death that sound little like his classic style. The rest of the album scatters tracks from such later albums as Survival and Uprising, though there are four songs including one new bonus recording for the 2002 reissue from Rastaman Vibration, an album ignored by Legend, one of them Marley's sole Billboard Hot 100 chart entry, "Roots, Rock, Reggae." Still, the absence of defining early-'70s songs like "Lively up Yourself," "Concrete Jungle," "Stop That Train," "Burnin' and Lootin'," "Kinky Reggae," "Duppy Conqueror," and "Small Axe" from either compilation is so bizarre that the only explanation one can speculate is a financial one. Maybe due to recording or publishing contracts Island has some reason to avoid putting Bob Marley & the Wailers' early classics on their compilations. In any case, Natural Mystic: The Legend Lives On
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2002
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 731454890724
  • Catalog Number: 548907
  • Sales rank: 18,799

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Natural Mystic (3:26)
  2. 2 Easy Skanking (2:56)
  3. 3 Iron Lion Zion (3:11)
  4. 4 Crazy Baldhead (3:21)
  5. 5 So Much Trouble in the World (3:56)
  6. 6 War (3:31)
  7. 7 Africa Unite (2:55)
  8. 8 Trenchtown Rock (4:12)
  9. 9 Keep on Moving (4:20)
  10. 10 Sun Is Shining (4:35)
  11. 11 Who the Cap Fit (4:16)
  12. 12 One Drop (3:51)
  13. 13 Roots, Rock, Reggae (3:29)
  14. 14 Pimper's Paradise (3:26)
  15. 15 Positive Vibration (3:32)
  16. 16 Time Will Tell (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Marley & the Wailers Primary Artist
Bob Marley Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Bob Marley Composer, Producer
Steve Smith Producer
Chris Blackwell Producer
Errol Brown Producer
Margaret Goldfarb Reissue Production Coordination
Ted Jensen Mastering
Ingmar Kiang Producer
Bill Levenson Reissue
Lee "Scratch" Perry Producer
Zonker Roberts Tape Research
Alex Sadkin Producer
Trevor Wyatt Producer
Vartan Art Direction
Bob Marley & the Wailers Producer
Neville Garrick Art Direction
Adrian Boot Imaging
V. Ford Composer
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