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Bob Marley & The Wailers
"Natty Dread"

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track listing
  • Lively Up Yourself
  • No Woman No Cry
  • Them Belly Full
    (But We Hungry)
  • Rebel Music
    (3 O'Clock
    Road Block)
  • So Jah Seh
  • Natty Dread
  • Bend Down Low
  • Talkin' Blues
  • Revolution

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    "Natty Dread"

    Bob Marley & The Wailers return again this week, with their 1974 release, Natty Dread -- a fine, entertaining album, Marley's original studio releases have always been exceptionally well made.

    "Lively Up Yourself" is a great album track, I can remember this one played on Chicago's WXRT, as that station features a lot of Marley's music. Most remember the live version of "No Woman No Cry"; the original studio version is here, as is just as superb. Easily recognized as Marley, "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)" is another good song, yet it may not be as outstanding as most of his popular hits. "Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Road Block)" is also another good song as well. The same can be said for "So Jah Seh."

    The title track is enjoyable too, again, its easily recognized as Bob Marley. "Bend Down Low" has a relaxing reggae rhythm, likewise the remaining tunes, "Talkin' Blues" and "Revolution."

    The reggae music of Bob Marley has always been entertaining. Where most are familiar with Best-Ofs/Greatest Hits compilations, its curious to listen to other album tracks from original studio releases, as they are fresh as the popular tunes people remember. Natty Dread is a very good album, "No Woman No Cry" is the most famous, and "Lively Up Yourself" brought back some memory bells as well. The other tracks are just as good as any other enjoyable Marley tracks, as from listening to other Marley releases, there isn't one bad song on each.

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