Essential Recording: Natty Dread

Natty Dread captures Bob Marley’s critical transition from the Wailers band (Peter Tosh & Bunny Wailer moved on to solo careers)to reluctant frontman and preeminent writer/composer. With a sharply-focused lens, he set the world ablaze with a unique blend of Rastafarian metaphysics, socio-political critique, conscious lover’s rock, historical reflection & clairvoyant vision. This 1974 release is rooted in a deep tradition of protest and acerbic wit. Al Anderson’s transporting guitar frills, Bernard Touter Harvey’s telegraphic keyboard, the I-Threes’ angelic harmonizing and a wicked horn section provides a fully matured & riveting reggae at its most focused, righteous and rhythmically irresistible. 



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