Natty Dread is the seventh album by Bob Marley and the Wailers, released in 1974. Previously Marley had recorded with Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer as the Wailers, and this was his first record without them. Natty Dread was most popularly received in the UK, where it peaked at No. 43 and sold in excess of 100,000 copies, making it a gold album. Over time it gained popularity in other parts of the world, and in 2003 it was ranked No. 181 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.Wikipedia
This is a pretty dang iconic album. It's a top-shelf cocktail of groove, blues, and blistering social commentary. Honestly, I'm at a loss for what to say about this album other than it's just damn good. It ticks all the boxes. It's iconic, in the pocket, vocals are on point, lyrics are heavy, production is excellent, and it's so thick with sheer musicality it practically oozes. Just a real fine record.
This was an album of great transition for Bob, he had split with his childhood friends and original Wailers, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. Bob's influence over the band was becoming more and more pronounced and Tosh and Wailer decided that is not the direction they wished to go. The revamped band was now, for the first time, known as "Bob Marley and The Wailers" as opposed to just "The Wailers" thus solidifying Marley as the primary leader of the band. Bob truly took charge of the overall focus and direction of the group and wrote all the songs. In an interesting twist of fate and one of the best business moves in music history, he assigned the credits for many of his songs to his close family memebers and friends as a way to make sure they were taken care of financial, certain charities he believed in and supported were funded and as a way to avoid contractual obligations to his former publishing company, Cayman Music. Although this is a transition album of sorts, it sports some of his most memorable songs and one in particular that would be one of his defining moments, "No Woman, No Cry" which would gain much fame due to his incredible live performances of the record. He would introduce the "I-Threes" a female vocal group that included his wife, Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt. Their vocals addeded a wonderful compliment to Bob's on songs such as one of my personal favorites on the album, "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)". The writing on this album seems very personal and almost takes you on a journey through Bob's life in Jamaica and some of the obstacles he had to overcome. This record is also a canvas for Bob to infuse some of his Rastafarian beliefs and he does a marvelous job of this on songs such as "So Jah Seh" and the title track "Natty Dread". This album is almost like Bob saying "Here I Am, The Real Me" and he gives us a fairly detailed revelation of where his heart was and where his and the bands focus was now going to be. I believe this to be one of his most profound works and it's one of my personal favorites. It's only years after it's release and in particular after his death that I think many truly appreciated this album for it's greatness. There are many wonderful songs beyond "No Woman, No Cry" that make this a truly wonderful album and it gives it's listener a front row seat into some of the many tragic situations going on in his homeland and, indeed, many of the places dear to his heart such as the other island nations, Africa and United States. Bob Marley was a revolutionary in every since of the word and he would spend the remainder of his tragically short life fighting for the cause, "Revolution".
Great album, revolutionary sounds and lyrics
Mellow and chill.
Great album, tons of BM and the Wailers greatest hits.
Fantastic. So good. And picked on his birthday.
I had listened to a lot of Bob Marley but had somehow never heard this album. In retrospect, I don’t know how that is possible. Great album and really interesting versions of well known songs.
Muy buen disco
Absolutely loved this. It’s so artistic and creative. It’s no wonder Bob Marley is a legend.
OH YEAAAAAAAAA. Lively Up Yourself. No Woman No Cry, though I don't know that I have every heard it this upbeat and gospel. it almost feels rushed. dude this fucking album is so great.
catchy, timeless, music with a distinctive vibe
This is such an incredible listen. There isn't a single song that I skipped through in all my listens. There is a quality to Bob Marley's voice that reggae artists since have seemed incapable of emulating (and that all of the exaggerated imitations do absolutely no justice to). The album hinges on Marley's performance—the airy themes that might otherwise be a bit unbearable, the repetitions that could start the grate—but Marley never seems to fail. A truly incredible album. 9/10.
Absolut berechtigt für die Liste der 1001 Alben
This album is chill as fuck. I need to listen to more Bob Marley. Makes me long for warm summer nights with friends
The vibes... THE VIBES! Marley, through the sadness in his voice, communicated and empathized with Jamaica in a way that nobody ever could.
Mein Reggae Gaumen ist schwachbrüstig, wenn es um Unterscheidung von gutem oder mittelmäßigem Reggae geht. Er schlägt selten aus und so würde ich allzu häufig von der Mittelmäßigkeit des Genres schlechthin überzeugt sein, aber darf ich das überhaupt, wenn das Sensorium so unbedarft urteilt? Vielleicht will Reggae ja auch gar nichts anderes sein? Nur kann ich auch zwischen dem Fehlen vermeintlicher Ambitionen und dem Fehlen von Qualität nicht unterscheiden. Hier jedenfalls fehlt mir beides. Doppelfehle(r)nde 1.6
South Africa vibes
Great album for cooking :D
What the Straight White Man™️ Did to Marley’s legacy and reggae as a whole is unforgivable. This is an album of musicians at the peak of their craft, the tones alone across this are so sumptuous and warm and joy-giving.
Sets the stage for everything else.
Amazing. should be 10 stars.
I and I gonna have things our way
Bob Marley's ability to write feel-good music that is rich in cultural and political commentary make him one of the most iconic musicians of the 20th century. Natty Dread is a masterwork; my enjoyment of it was dampened only by the knowledge that his 1975 live London version of "No Woman No Cry" is vastly superior.
10/10 love bob marley
Chill vibes, perfect to walk in nature
Now that’s what I’m talking about !!! This is almost a greatest hits album all by itself.
I prefer later, live versions of No Woman, but come on. Bob is an all timer.
Don’t know if it’s how little music I listened to this week or if it’s just a bunch of bangers right in a row. Bob rules
Classic reaggae sounds, feels light and groovy all along!
Made me happy, reminded me of my grandmother who loved reggae. Pleasantly surprised by how good EVERY song is .
Bob, Nuff said
Really glad I listened to this and want to listen again!
classico do bob
Have to give a 5 considering I added 99% of tracks to the playlist
Love this. Great rhythms and relaxing enough to let me work at the same time.
Awesome music Bob was the man!
I could listen to Bob Marley \"wail\" for days at a time. His voice is just that iconic, and his songs are the right ratio of catchy to saying something. When you're in the mood for reggae, you can't do better than Marley.
4.5/5. Ok I kinda get it now, thanks Ilya
It's quite an accomplishment to make music that's so chill and still makes people want to move. Best track: No Woman No Cry
"A hungry mouth is a hungry mouth"? "A hungry mouth is a hungry mob"? "A hungry mouth is a hungry mind"? I'm not sure which it is, if any, but I'm also not sure it matters. While Bob's full prophet mode, he could sing, "A hungry mouth is an orange as seen through binoculars made of jelly" and I'd think it was a message from heaven. So respect him for the "Bend down low, let me tell you what I know" humblebrag. Ain't no one stooping down to anyone else's level here except Bob. Anyway, this blew my mind in a way it hasn't before. The grooves are eternal and gorgeous. And it has that remarkable James Brown-ian quality of every instrument--be it string, wind, wood or brass--contributing to the rhythm. If you'd asked me yesterday what my got-to Marley is, I'd've told you 'Legend'. But that's a celebration of Bob-the-songwriter and cultural icon. This is really where I turn. To the proof of hope and salvation through unbreakable rhythmic unity. And I like how the songwriting credits are shared around.
Stellar! I hadn't ever heard this and was mainly new some songs from Live! Need this one.
A great classic
An outstanding album that I loved since the first time I heard it. I had a college radio show years ago that was reggae/ska-based programming and components of this album were a backbone.
Wow. Best Marley band ever. Did not think I'd write that but the songs are all sooo good...all of them. With the exception of the closing song which is still more than listenable. Marley's best, need I say more?
Seminal Reggae from the master. Proper summer album!!
Brilliant, chilled out vibes. Like a best of album
Beautiful blast from the past. Nice to listen to it front to back for once
I recently learned that my husband thought "No Woman No Cry" meant if you don't have a woman, she can't make you cry. Like "no pain no gain" or something. I think I need to listen to a lot more Marley. Back in the 90s I named my cat Marley, now I rarely listen at all.
9/10. Rather nice
I really enjoyed this album and the lyrical themes within the tracks.
Amazing great. The beginning of greatness.
Hands up if you love reggae but have never listened to a Bob album? Anybody? Just me yeah? I'll get my coat
Does it get much better? I think not , what an album,special mention to the best version of no Woman no Cry . What a fucking Champ
Wonderful, not quite the Marley that gets played on the radio in Scotland, but probably more authentic because of that. The version of 'no woman no cry' is very different to the famous version on the "Legend" album, but still very impressive. For clarity, I loved it!
Probably still my favorite of his (along with Exodus and Burnin') from THE reggae singer.
This is the album and artist all reggae try to live up to. Pretty easy 5 stars when it defines a genre.
Reggae doesn’t get much better than this. Catch a Fire will always be my favourite Marley album but this is a seminal album in its own right. Definitely prefer the version of No Woman, No Cry on this album.
4.5/5 good chill music
Love me some reggae with this warm weather. I was more familiar with other versions of Lively Up Yourself and No Woman No Cry, so I needed some adjusting, but with the second listen I was all in for the entire album.
Classic Bob Marley & The Wailers album, 5 star like any other BM from that period but this one together with Catch A Fire, might be their best but it is hard to say ..would be nice if some of their earlier albums are in the list as well.
A album full of good vibes, great lyrics, and bob marley. This is a revolutionary album for reggae and one of my favourite reggae records I have heard
Great album, no skips and just an all out good time. Favorite song was Revolution
I mean, it's a classic Reggae album. Like THE reggae album.
This is amazing. after a lifelong (well actually only my youth) of having only heard “Legend” I started to get to know more about Marley when I was in college. I was in Jamaica just the other month and it made me very happy to see how beloved he is over there. And with total reason, do you know a more influential artist? I don’t think I do, I know many more famous ones, but none as influential. I have a soft spot for reggae and this is going out with a 5.
Bass resonates through the album in a comfortingly familiar pace. Very repeatable listen.
Well, that was an excellent way to start off a Friday. Would probably also work for a Sunday. Or, really, most days.
Love this album.
Fantastisch, beste album dat niet zo gewaardeerd wordt als enkele andere. Maar stiekem zijn de nummers (waarvan de helft al eens in een eerdere vorm opgenomen was) stuk voor stuk sterk. Experimenten met instrumentatie, koortjes, loodzware riffs en lichte melodieën, maar misschien is dat wel meer dan de eerdere platen, zeer sterke teksten. Vanaf de eerste keer dat ik het album draaide tot nu toe mijn all time favorite van Marley!
Contains some classic songs that I already knew, but plenty that I hadn’t experienced before. Great from start to finish, listened multiple times.
Well, this is an album I'd not heard of before, and I'm not sure it could be any more perfect. I'd not even heard these versions of the tracks I had heard before. Great stuff.
A very good album, worthy of recommendation
5/5 I mean c'mon it's bob Marley you doesn't like him
An artists I previously only knew through best of albums. So much more in here.
Another outstanding album!! Bob Marley was one of a kind! People have tried to emulate his sound, but have never been able to capture it just right. His music has a way of instilling hope and happiness in me every time I listen to it. I find the song No Woman No Cry almost therapeutic (I can turn it on on a bad day and feel better instantly). The part of the song where he repeats "Everything's going to be alright" just forces you to put everything in perspective. Such excellent reggae music with subtle notes of funk mixed in. Every song on this record is amazing! Favourite songs: No Woman No Cry, Bend Down Low, Talkin' Blues, Them Belly Full (But We Hungry), Revolution, Natty Dread, Lively Up Yourself Least favourite song: if forced to pick one, Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock). It is still a phenomenal song, it just didn't hit as hard for me as the other songs. 5/5
He’s so good. They’re a great band. I only really know the obvious ‘hits’ but everything I hear is pretty great. I’m glad this project made me listen to another full album.
I've never been massively into reggae, but I enjoyed this. Absolutely, convincingly doing its own thing while being tuneful and accessible.
Even though many of the songs on this album have been horribly overplayed, this album is just so solid. I'm reminded of what great musicians these guys were and the production is just so clean and well done. The songwriting is cohesive, every song but one is a stand out, just a fantastic album. 5/5
Awesome album. A very pleasant album to listen and you can't go wrong with Bob Marley.
The guitar is fucking killer
Just a whole vibe. Can't go wrong with Bob Marley!
Stellar stellar album. Listen to the studio version of No Woman No Cry and you'll hear a version that's faster and less heavy on the organ and backing vocals than the much more famous live version from Live at the Lyceum. The second side's intensity drops a little from the first, but it's from a 6 to a 5 really.
Fantastic album. Lots of classic songs.
The original version of No Woman No Cry is pretty amazing compared the the more famous live version.
I don't have any particularly coherent thoughts on evaluating reggae. Still wrapping my mind around the genre traits. It's a chill album. Bob sounds utterly earnest.
The fact that 'Family Man' of The Wailers has 41 children is a very amusing piece of trivia.
I want this on vinyl
Yes. Bob marley is an Icon, a Hero, a defining artist
Fan va bob e kung, lite kontrast att höra den i slutet på feb i snöslaskigt Stockholm dock lol
I don't listen to much reggae, but I really enjoyed this. The vibes: present, the rhythm: strong, the Jamacia: yup. Favorite songs Lively Up Yourself and Talkin' Blues. This makes me excited for the possibility of more reggae on the list and I will be diving deeper into Bob Marley's discog. 6/8.
I liked this album. It started off strong with Lively up Yourself and No woman no cry. Probably considered to be a great album
Gotta love Bob
@@@@. Nice rhythms, good vibes.
Hace algunos años vi un documental sobre como nacieron el reggae y el punk y su estrecha relación. Es sorprendente saber que el SKA es el género que creó estos 2 monstruos (y otros tantos en medio) tan distintos cultural y geográficamente. Ambos ritmos hablan sobre desigualdad social, represión, unidad del sector popular y cada uno con su sonido particular geográfico. El Punk crudo, recio, frío como la isla donde nació y el Reggae cálido, tranquilo, armonioso igual a la isla en donde nació. Cualquiera puede hacer canciones de protesta pero solo el reggae y el punk saben llevarlo de maravilla.
Like jazz I don't feel qualified to judge reggae. Am I qualified to judge anything? Always liked Marley, of course the regard of white former college boys is fraught for this Jamaican protest music.
You can feel the love and positivity throughout. Amazing.
Good album to drive to. Smooth from start to finish.
Really enjoyed this. I know some Marley. But clearly not enough. I feel like I have only ever heard a greatest hits album.
Accidently started album in middle with title song. Funky and vibey beginning as expected. "Them Belly Full" was rad. Half listened to middle due to doing stuff. Sound a tad samey throughout but still enjoyable and vibey from start to finish.
I've loved the Bob Marley I knew, but that was essentially just Legend, and a few other select tracks. This was a fun feel-good album that would go perfect on the background of a summer BBQ. A few hits to up the energy, and a lot of tunes that will fade into the background and keep the mood light. No Woman, No Cry was interesting - I don't think I'd ever heard the original recoridng? Sounds wat different, and I understand why the live version has become the standard....it's better.
Pretty good. Very relaxing. Solid classic reggae underneath each song and revolutionary lyrics.
I liked it. Easy listening
Classic, but not mind-blowing
Reggae suave. Un megahit.
Very well produced album
Danny fucking Baker
Not for background listening, but lots of classics.
Knikkebollend (op de soort van dansende manier, niet in slaap vallen...) met dit op de achtergrond. Goeie muziek, maar geen 'Wauw-gevoel'
3.9 very close.
Muziek waarin je gemakkelijk kan wegglijden om even alles rondom je te vergeten. Een genre waarvan ik nu pas besef hoe zwaar ik het verwaarloosd heb.
Oude parels met niet zo bekende nummers.
Very vibey. Nice feelins incoming.
Love me some reggae
Great music from a place of hardship. Easy to empathize with.
Really fantastic, has hits but also the whole album is great.
Great sounds, but not sth I would listen to in general
good album. definitely gonna be listening more.
Not one of his best but still a good solid release
Super chill Reggae music from the legendary Reggae artist himself. This album didn't have his most famous songs, but it was still a pleasure to listen to.
pretty good, very upbeat, added a few songs to my liked songs
Authentic, passionate, down to earth, Rasta flavor from the king himself.
I think that "Legend" and "Natural Mystic" are the only albums from Bob Marley that I've heard all the way through, and they are 'greatest hits' compilations. It was good to listen to an album that isn't a compilation. The one song I've heard before many times, "No Woman No Cry", wasn't even the version I'm most familiar with. My favorites from the album are "Lively Up Yourself" and "So Jah Seh". This album is right on the edge of 'I MIGHT listen to this again', so for today I'm going round up and say 4 stars.
Love this album even though not my favorite genre
a classic, I love it
Reggae at it's best. Just great music and good vibes.
No woman no cry - certified banger
So good, still to this day. I love the low-fi, stripped down production that you just don't hear anymore.
Love me some Bob Marley. 4 stars.
Great for historical reasons but I can’t say with confidence that it will be on high rotation.
great album, if you know bob marley you know how it sounds
I'm all about positivity in music, and that's exactly what Bob Marley & The Wailers exemplify on this record, at least in tone. While managing to keep that funky, upbeat backbone that reggae is so widely recognized for, they tackle some serious issues on this record including poverty, political control, religion and Jamaican society. There are some moments that become slogs and you sort of lose focus on where the song wants to take you, but just getting lost in the jam is part of the fun. Half on the songs on this record stand up against Marley's best work, the rest sort of get lost in themselves. Overall, an above average album that I'd go back to listen to again. Song I Already Knew: No Woman No Cry Favorite Song: Lively Up Yourself Least Favorite: Rebel Music
Bob Marley is classic although he’s songs all kinda sound the same
First one listened to, lots of memories although these are rougher versions.. Great start.
Great Marley album. Nothing mind blowing, but overall strong start to finish.
I'm not the biggest reggae fan, but it's a pleasant album.
Enjoyed this - it's nice to hear so many songs that I haven't heard to death on best ofs or random radio play. Fave track - "Them Belly Full" - the opening almost sounds like Tortoise!
Natty Dread probably one of the most essential Bob Marley record you could own. It's a spiritually charged political and social statement.(7/10) FT: Lively Up Yourself
First time hearing no woman no cry studio version.
Really good Reggae, peace man, peace.
way too chill for my liking
Bit torn on this one. I think I was expecting it to be better than it was so was maybe a bit down on it. It wasn't as good as Peter Tosh's album but it was good. Recency bias, it was better than the last couple so I'll give it a low 4.
Wow! Conosciuto, ma mai ascoltato tutto. Mood pacifico e rilassante, canzoni molto belle, da 'No woman, no cry' a 'So ja Seh'.
Nice to dance along to.
Great album, no woman no cry. 1974.
Fill of classic Marley songs. The production on some of the later songs were a little less exciting but that might be that the classics were earlier on the record.
I don't love a lot of reggae albums, but I love this one. Lively Up Yourself is a perfect song to start the album with because it works so well on its own, but it also gives them somewhere to go. Them Belly Full might be my favorite Bob Marley song. I think I like the original version of No Woman, No Cry better than the more famous version on Legend. I don't love every song on this album, but it goes by really quick and keeps my interest pretty well 4/5
Some Natty, no cry
Bob Marleys Satisfy my soul is quite good
Ah man, always happy to see Bob's name pop up, I know i'll love the music, and listen to the album on repeat as I discover so many great album tracks. Loses 1 point as I realised how much greater the live track of No Woman No Cry is. Still genius.
Best reggae ever
Quite possibly Marley's best most consistent album, with the album um closer the only really forgettable track. 4 🌟
Good shit, man. That is all.
this one had the song
I'm a reggae fan though don't listen to much. It is easy to feel the vibe and passion in the music as well as appreciate the power and meaning of his lyrics. Great album.
Classics. Reggae done very well.
Go to prison fuk ya fathaaaaa
4.0 - Hadn't heard this Marley album before and initially anticipated muddy recordings like on "Catch A Fire" but thank goodness that's not the case with "Natty Dread." The tracks sound crisp and accentuate Marley's songwriting. I love the heavy vocal reverb, a Marley signature. This album's got a relaxed, lived-in feel that few other artists can achieve at Marley's level. A terrific record to tame an anxious spirit and to keep the calm, happy vibes flowing.
Breath of fresh air.
Great sound and some nice songs
Расслабляет. No Woman No Cry топчик.
The first time I got around to listen to this album, I couldn't give it my full attention because I was distracted. The second go around, things began to click. I've avoided Bob Marley for quite a long while, seen his documentaries but never listened to his music. He was just a poster adorning college campuses and a shining beacon for good vibes. The deep cuts here in Natty Dread showcase the Bob Marley I'd like to encounter with more often, someone who possessed a need to tell about the happenings around him and it was makes Natty Dread a pivotal piece in the reggae puzzle. Favorites: Lively Up Yourself, Them Belly Full (But We Hungry), Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock), Natty Dread, Bend Down Low, Talkin' Blues.
Great album. Brilliant musicianship and real style.
Good album. "No Woman No Cry" is def the biggest, most recognizable song on this album. 7/10.
Three and a half stars. I've checked out Dimery's list. *Catch A Fire* and *Exodus* are on it. But not *Burnin'*. How can *Burnin'* NOT be on that list??? Obviously, *Natty Dread* is a likely contender for the fourth slot in the list of the best Bob Marley albums ever. But does that make it an *essential* listen for general audiences who would want to know more about Bob and his Wailers? I'm not so sure. Everybody obviously mentions that original version of *No Woman, No Cry*, and how clunky it sounds compared to that legendary live rendition. That being said, opener "Lively Up Yourself", along with "Them Belly Full", "Rebel Music" and "Natty Dread" are choice cuts. The late entrance of the horns section in the first of these tracks is incredibly effective, transcending the whole piece into another level, one that somehow foretells the epic mysticism of *Exodus*. "Them Belly Full" is a hymn as topical (tropical?) as it is enticing to the ear. And the instrumentation on "Rebel Music" is smart and intricate, guitar licks, harmonica and organ adding layers to a six-minute lush experience that seem to last half as much. The end of the record is notoriously weaker, though, except "Revolution", maybe--nice high-pitched vocals from Marley at the very end, quite uncharacteristic from him. But apart from those sorts of moments, I'm still of two minds about the whole thing. Maybe Jah should teach me to let it go on that listing thing, about what's supposedly essential or not. Mystical music doesn't work like that, does it? So, I'm gonna light up a spliff, probably add this record to my small personal reggae collection, and say that in the end, *everything's gonna be alright*... Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 943 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 26 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 16 (including this one) Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important to me): 16
The sound that launched the second wave of punk, new wave and post-punk. The voice of that sound, Bob Marley is still influential, some 40 years after his death. And there's a reason, Bob's sound is often copied, but never duplicated. Natty Dread drags on a little towards the end, but this album got well worn by the youth across the pond. 4/5.
Good jams, good messages.
I enjoyed this album a lot🤓
Phenomenally groovy. Just the kind of laid-back intelligent reggae designed for today's warm Easter Monday holiday afternoon. Easy to forget this is authentic Jamaican reggae and simply damn fine groove-orientated pop music. Excellent.
When Bob Marley Became a global superstar.... Great album with an accessible (to the European and American ear) version of Reggae that opened the door to the aformentioned superstardom. Favourites "Lively Up Yourself" "No Woman No Cry" "Natty Dread" and "Revolution" Super album and rightfully on the list.
Not quite as good as exodus but still really good bob marley. I really liked rebel music
Rating: 8/10 Best songs: No woman no cry, Them belly full, Revolution