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Natty Dread captures Bob Marley's decisive transition from Wailers band member to auteur, his singing and writing now front and center, and the revamped band securely reined in to his defiant, Rastafarian worldview. This 1974 release mirrors the lineup's more sinewy sound, carved by Al Anderson's spidery guitar fills, Touter's telegraphic keyboard, the I-Threes' female vocal choruses and vamping horns--a potent brew that bubbles under his then most openly political songs. A position paper on the daunting ghetto realities of Jamaica's Trenchtown, the album reels off a series of enduring Marley classics and kicks off with the giddy, sexy reggae anthem, "Lively Up Yourself," with its hilarious but mysterious spoken fadeout ("What you got in dat bag, dere?"). It continues with the uplifting pep talk in "No Woman No Cry," the grim dispatches of "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)" and "Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock)," as well as the exhortations of the title song and "Revolution." Marley's own dreadlocks were still just growing in then, but this is nonetheless fully matured, riveting reggae at its most focused, righteous, and rhythmically irresistible. --Sam Sutherland


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  • Audio CD (June 12, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Tuff Gong
  • ASIN: B00005KB9X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,708 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
After Bob Marleys recent split from the oringinal 3 Wailers, Bob had to come up with some way to get him back on track.

So by joining together his wife Rita Marley and Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt known as the I-Threes and an American Guitarist Al Anderson he made his new Wailers with Familyman and Carly Barret still on Bass/Percussion. The band was now named,

"Bob Marley & The Wailers."

And about 10 months later they produced Natty Dread releasing October 25th 1974.

The album was not a huge succes unlike it is today, as the likes of Queen releasing Bohiem Rhapsody and Abba firmly in the charts, did not give Bob Marley a decent chance.

Natty Dread however was still a solid albym.

The album kicks off with the groovy Lively Up Yourself, Bobs humour brings the song alive, along with Familymans amazing bass playing. 10/10

The second song No Woman No Cry is a studio version of the legendary live version, nethertheless the song still is a very decent effort. 9/10

Third brings the inspiring Them Belly Full(But We Hungry) it is a rebel on how the rich greedly flash there money while the poor poeple are shunted to one side and left there to starve. 9/10

Forth brings Rebel Music(3 O'clock Road Block) this is a very well produced song with a strong reggae feel. Bobs talking about his ambush in London. 8/10

Fifth brings So Jah Seh, which was one of the singles, a very underated song, written by Rita Marley and Willy Francisco. 10/10

Sixth brings Natty Dread a brilliant song, a catchy beat, talking about life in Trench Town. One of the many highlights of the album.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Spencer Pennington on January 16, 2005
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"Natty Dread," was released in the aftermath of the breakup of the original Wailers in the Fall of 1973 when Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh left to pursue solo careers. At this point, Bob Marley had replaced Bunny and Peter with the his wife, Rita, Judy Mowatt, and Marcia Griffiths, collectively called the "I-Threes". Also added was American rock guitarist Al Anderson, formerly with NRBQ. With this new line-up and the release of the "Natty Dread" album in 1974, the group was no long collectively "the Wailers," like before. Marley had dubbed it "Bob Marley & the Wailers".

The album starts off with Marley's delightful "Lively Up Yourself," (originally done with Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh in their years with Lee "Scratch" Perry from 1969-1972). The remake would soon be made one of the most famous songs of all-time with its delightful blues guitar and Marley's joyous singing. Next on the list is the original cut of the legendary "No Woman, No Cry," co-written with Vincent Ford. Though the original version would not become as popular as the version from 1975's "Live!" it is just as good and heartfelt. The tempo and sound are different, but this only makes the song more enjoyable.

Third in line is the solemn, but empowering "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)," written by drummer Carlton Barrett and Logan Cogil. The song's title says it all; the song sings of the evils of money and the inescapeable suffering of the poor. Number four is one of Bob Marley & the Wailers' best known songs: "Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock)," which was actually written by Hugh Peart and bassist Aston Barrett. The song is about Marley's harrassment by the police while in London.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 24, 2008
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This was the first Bob Marley and the Wailers vinyl albums that I bought--and it remained one of my favorites. Long ago, at the advice of an auctioneer, I threw away my album collection. This is the first time in about 20 years that I have listened to this work, having just purchased a CD through Amazon. Wow! I recalled this as a very nice work, but I am delighted that it is as powerful as I remembered it from decades ago.

This is the first work after the breakup of the original band, with Peter Tosh leaving. And it remains strong today. I find it surprising that only one song off this CD made it onto the Wailers' greatest hits CD, "Legend." Anyhow, my reaction to some of the songs on this CD. . . .

"Lively up yourself": With Marley's work, the sound has a "laid back" kind of quality, but it is also hypnotic and powerful. This features some nice guitar licks by then new guitarist Al Anderson. A couple lines that provide a sense of the tone of the lyrics, so ably sung by Marley:

"You're gonna lively up yourself and don't be no drag,
You lively up yourself 'cause reggae is another bag."

"Them belly full (but we hungry)": An evocative song with a social and political sensibility. The I-Threes are the backing group, and they show well here. The opening lines set the tone for this work:

"Them belly full but we hungry.
A hungry mob is an angry mob."

"Talkin' Blues": The instrumental work is excellent; the percussion sets the beat nicely. The I-Threes again create solid backing for Marley's vocals.

"Cold ground was my bed last night
and rock was my pillow too. . . .
I been down on the rock so long
I seem to wear a permanent screw.
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