Bob Marley & The Wailers, Rastaman Vibration (1976)
Having made the decision, albeit belatedly, to get all the key Bob Marley albums on vinyl (I have a few already so it’s not a particularly Herculean task) and this is one of the albums I didn’t listen to a lot at the time that I first collected up the Marley discography (on CD). I liked it but in a somewhat absent-minded way; knew it had a couple of very good songs and some decent performances in general but never felt particularly connected to it. That changed this year when I spent a lot more time with this – and then bought a vinyl-LP copy just recently. Great songs. Great playing – Al Anderson showing his chops on the guitar and of course that rhythm section (the Barrett brothers). Bob is in fine voice – though no rhythm guitar from him here and not much in the way of writing either – he seems to just leave it up to everyone else to deliver the goods here. Which, thankfully, they did.
Sample Track: War
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