Natty Dread by Bob Marley & the Wailers (1974)
Favorite Tracks: "Lively Up Yourself" and "No Woman, No Cry" and "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)" and "Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock)" and "So Jah Seh" and "Natty Dread" and "Bend Down Low" and "Talkin' Blues" and "Revolution"
Thoughts: Bob Marley and the Wailers! Huzzah! We saw The Wailers back at #315, but this is our first with Bob as headliner. Since the majority of my Marley exposure has been through greatest hits compilations, I'm glad I'm taking the time to listen to the individual albums.
This album was perfect for a hot sunny day like today, bringing the warmth into my air-conditioned workplace. I was really only familiar with the first two tracks, "Lively Up Yourself" and "No Woman, No Cry" though I have the more popular live version of the latter. The studio version was very sweet and pleasant, but lacks the power of the live performance. Ok, confession time: I thought the sentiment of the title lyrics was if you have no woman, then you won't cry. Like, no woman, no worries! Which is ridiculous because all the other lyrics are about comforting a crying woman. So I'm not only hearing new music, I'm realizing obvious things too!
The rest of the album did not disappoint, as you can see from my favorite tracks. I know reggae isn't for everyone, but I feel like it creates a relaxing, peaceful, summer-y mood, and I love it. I think Bob writes the most groove-worthy protest songs, too. From "Revolution":
Never make a politician grant you a favour;
they will always want to control you forever, eh!
Is This Better Than Fleetwood Mac?: Just as good: super excellent. I would say that Fleetwood Mac had less songs I like, but the ones I do like I LOVE, whereas I only really love 2 songs off Natty Dread, but I like the whole album. Does that make sense? Bottom line: totally worthy of its ranking.