Bob Marley and the Wailers - Natty Dread (1975)
This is Bob Marley's first release following the break-up of The Wailers, recorded under his new band name "Bob Marley and the Wailers". Aston "Family Man" Barrett and Carlton "Carly" Barrett play bass and drums. Marley is also joined by Al Anderson, an American rock guitarist who would become a regular Marley collaborator. The I3's (Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt) provide backing vocals, other musicians include Bernard "Touter" Harvey and Tyrone Dowie.
The album still has the same rebel spirit as earlier releases but (in no small part due to the departure of Peter Tosh from the group) a much less confrontational sound. The driving bass and drum lines also make this one of Bob Marley's more danceable albums.
Bob Marley actually wrote less than half of the tracks on this album with several tracks being written by other band members and (as for Catch a Fire and Burnin') several re-recordings of Lee "Scratch" Perry era Wailers songs ("Lively Up Yourself" and "Bend Down Low").
Natty Dread features the original version of "No Woman No Cry", this is much faster than the (better known) live version which appears on Live!
TracklistingThe digital reissue of "Natty Dread" features one bonus track "Am a Do"
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
10 Am A Do - (Bonus Track)
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