Bob Marley & The Wailers, Natty Dread (1974)
One of the first full albums by Bob that I heard. The first credited to Bob Marley & The Wailers. And what a great opening trio of songs. There’s passion, politics, melody, groove and so much of this music resonates with me still. But I don’t/can’t listen to Bob all that often these days. Might be my issue only but the people that have made lame tributes to Marley killed a lot of my interest in his music. I’ve said that already here. But now and then I go back to the albums that I really like and they still have fire in them. They still surge. That phenomenal rhythm section! Funnily enough, what really got me into Natty Dread was hearing this ultimately well-meaning but entirely unnecessary and really rather awful song-by-song recreation. Funny how the inferior copies send you back to the original source. Bit of a pattern with Marley and me.
Sample Track: Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)
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