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".
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
Great album, revolutionary sounds and lyrics
South Africa vibes
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
Great album for cooking :D
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.
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.
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.
Sets the stage for everything else.
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
Amazing. should be 10 stars.
The vibes... THE VIBES! Marley, through the sadness in his voice, communicated and empathized with Jamaica in a way that nobody ever could.
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
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
Un disc curiós enmig de la discografia de Marley. No hi ha cap single dels més reconeguts, cap de les seves cançons va aparèixer a 'Legend'. I tot i així, és un conjunt molt consistent i ferm de temes que no baixa en cap moment el nivell. 'War', 'Roots, Rock, Reggae', 'Positive Vibration'... tots temes estelars que no han estat massa sobrexposats a la ràdio i compilacions del génere
This is the second Bob Marley & The Wailers albums I have gotten. I really enjoyed the first one. Besides his biggest hits, I am mostly unfamiliar with his songs. I am really enjoying this album as well. The lyrics are so powerful and enlightening.
Pretty much what I expected from Bob Marley, which is to say, pretty chill music thats fun to listen to.
Nice relaxing listen to end the new year
It was alright. Nothing too memorable.
not really my thing but still has very smooth vibes, great instrumentals, soothing, calm, jazz like tunes. would be a decent vinyl to have on in the background
Good. A couple epic tracks.
Not for me, but it was fine
One of bob marleys best
Not always my thing but pretty good songs to chill to.
Nunca había escuchado un disco de reggae completo y en verdad me sorprendió terminarlo. Pensé que me aburriría pero en general es entretenido. Las letras sin ser muy complejas y pese a los modismos jamaicanos expresan bien lo que quieren. Pobreza, política y amor resumen el disco. Bien logrado y muy agradable. Songs: Them Belly Full (But We Hungry), Bend Down Low, Talkin' Blues
good album, not rly my type of music though
Pretty good, but a little dry compared to other Bob Marley.
Pretty much the same thoughts as CCR. Love Bob Marley but it's definitely a style and the best songs have risen to the top over the years. Never heard the studio version of No Woman No Cry. That's interesting.
Fun record, easy to listen to.
Aparte de "No Woman, No Cry" no conocía el resto de canciones. Música Reggae jamaicana que nunca puede estar mal.
1974, reggae, bob marley, starke 3
I like this, but it's pretty redundent.
Pretty good to hear something other than the greatest hits. Don't like this version on No Woman No Cry
I prefer Legend. His greatest hits album, which is probably all the Bob Marley you need.
Nice Bob Marley album. Very typical of his style with a couple of hits that I like - that said, the vocals on “No Woman No Cry” seemed off - a little high-pitched, but I was listening through some lame earbuds… Strong 3, but just not feeling a 4.
Understand why it's liked. Enjoyed I guess but would not listen to again.
Hey liedje "Jelmen... Jelmen... I hope you like Jelmen too" stond niet op deze CD, jammer
Good sunny day listening. Relaxed.
Every song just makes you bop your little head all very chilled out.
The Man, The legend. Maar als albumartiest minder voor mij. Wel verdiend hij zeker een plaats in deze lijst.
good stuff, more of a collection of songs than a full album, not all of which grab me
there are better albums out there for a reggae bath. sadly this was a bit diappointing. i was hoping for something as full of bangers as kaya or exodus but it was a bit lacking.
Überhört, vor vielen Jahren hätte ich wohl mal mehr Sterne vergeben.
Ein tolles Album, das bestimmt 4-5 Sterne verdient hätte. Leider dudelte es in meiner Jugend zu oft bei "Sit ins" bei Freunden im Hintergrund, sodass ich es etwas über habe.
Irgendwie nicht so gut, wie erwartet. Als ganzes Album hat es mich jetzt musikalisch nicht so vom Hocker gehauen. Aber einen extra Stern für sie geilen politischen Standpunkt!
Sicher ein Klassiker, gut zu hören, würde ich an einem Sommerabend auf der Dachterrasse anwerfen, so im Hintergrund. Aber bewusst durchhören?
Noticed some lyrics that Zach de la Rocha from Rage Against the Machine sampled. Album feels ahead of its time. Chilled, 3 stars.
I kind of feel bad about giving this a 3 but it just didn't git right for me today. Was curious about his political messages so I looked up the wiki. Had no idea No Woman No Cry was about childhood friendship...? Quoting the wiki here but probably a reflection on how little of a close listen this was.
Not normally my jam but decent enough.
Jazzy/funky album. Good vibes.
I hadn't listened to Bob Marley since High School, and it is nice relaxing music when puttering around the house in headphones. Would probably not listen to this on regular, but it is nice.
Reggae is like ice cream. It's quite enjoyable in the moment, but I don't want it every day.
Good for listening to in the sun. I remember the wailers (sans Bob marley) playing at my local music festival - guilfest - and for their entire set there was just a sea of people bopping in time, even people just walking about not paying attention
Easy listening. Always a fan of Marley
Not my vibe but chill
Passable in comparison to exodus. Reliably good songs, just seems boring overall.
Interesting album. Felt like a good walking album. Had an interesting feeling like he took parts of the songs and hit them with a hammer and then put them back together again. Like a thin disjointed sound that fit together.
No woman no cry bop. Liedje met lengte 4:20, toeval? Denk het niet
No woman no cry, but vooral no bob everybody cries. Goeie viiiiibe, Ik mis sfiiiiinks
Not a huge fan
It was ok. Not my type of music.
oh hell yeah reggae at it's finest and perhaps bravest, I am seducing the bongo with the many million gods, and I am not alone anymore
Hat mir in seiner oldschooligkeit und seiner größeren Nähe zum Soul besser gefallen als Exodus neulich.
This was a nice and chill album, more so because Marley's voice is really melodic. I grew a bit tired of the similar rhythms by the end but still a nice listen.
Recognized a few songs. Reggae isn't something I go out of my way for, but it's fun to listen tom
Some really well known songs. I will probably not listen to this album again though
Not bad, not good. Of course, "No Woman No Cry" is amazing and I really liked "Them Belly Full" but the rest was just ok.
20th September 2021 Listened on the living room speaker while working. Quiet day. The whole album is a vibe, marley has a magical ability to transcend his music into a mood.
Really interesting to hear the first version of No Woman No Cry and see how much it's evolved over the years with so many covers. Rest of album is decent, but Bob Marley was just one of many great singers/songwriters in Jamaica at the time and has a far greater reputation than this material would warrant.
Jo vähän parempi genrensä levy, mut ei tälläkään kuuhun menty - 2,5 eli pyöristyksen voimalla
Synkkään konttoripäivään sopimaton, mutta jossain palmun alla Changia siemaillen voisi innostaa. 2,5*
I'm kind of a best of Bob Marley person. I get his cultural significance but I can't even get through Legend that often because it a) gets a bit samey and, b) often reminds me of some of the worst white boy weed smoking acoustic guitar types in my teens and twenties. Excited to check out the other stuff though, outside of what you expect to hear. Lively Up Yourself and No Woman No Cry are obviously a great lead out (though the version of the latter on Live at the Lyceum is better!) It continues fairly enjoyably, but does seem to stick to a 90bpm, fairly repetitive structure from song to song. Natty Dread switches it up a little bit and gets my interest back. Great horns on it. Then back to a lot of the same. I still think Bob Marley deserves his place in the firmament. His influence on Jamaican politics alone marks him out as a unique figure. I just feel like a lot of people get to him and stop with reggae, and miss Junior Murvin, Lee Perry, Horace Andy and Toots and the Maytals. He wasn't the best, he was important as hell though, but this album gets pretty bland, in spite of a handful of all time classics.
Buen álbum, mezcla sonidos de manera genial y es bastante divertido
Good album, "No Woman No Cry" a faster version...disliked...Natty Dread and Talkin Blues were good.
"Everything's gonna be alright"
Evokes great memories. Love me some Bob Marley.
It was okay… A little slower than Exodus and not as many catchy songs songs. 5/10
For some reason, it makes me feel optimistic. Think it is the fact that I am hearing someone that is singing his heart out…
Not a bad album, some classics I remember from when I listened to more Bob Marley back in the early 2000’s
Mellow reggae that's well produced. Loved the bass guitar sound. If I'm honest, it was a little sterile and boring to listen to.
Oh Bob, you bore me a bit.
Pretty chill, somewhere between a 3 and 4
So there IS a studio version of No Woman No Cry! I do like a bit of Bob. This particular album didn't do that much for me at first, though I got into the groove a little more with each listen. Might revisit one day.
I prefer the live version of No Woman No Cry which sort of took the place of this studio one as the main version, however, this is top notch feel good reggae from Bob and the Whales
I love Bob, but most of his music is same same to me. This album has No Woman, No Cry, which is a banger, but not the famous live version that is so so good.
A good reggae album, but it kind of one more for the entire album.
Loved it at the time, not sure it stands up these days.
Yoo de här KAN int vara natty…. De e för swag!!
Chilled but wouldn't jump back to it
Genre: Roots Reggae 3/5 Bob Marley: a name so ubiquitous and well-known, it’s nearly become diluted. The things this man said, and the music this man made, touched millions. Positivity, unity, and peace were his only motives and messages, all bundled up with that reggae sound many had come to love. For me, the sonic monotony does run its course. Good vibes and good intentions are all great, but this album is pretty fucking boring overall. And I don’t mean that in a bad way, more of a comment, really. The title track and the mega-hit No Woman, No Cry are great tracks, but it doesn’t keep the rest of the album from sounding exactly the same for over 30 minutes. For fans, this is a must listen.
Can't say I'm in love with the album, but it passes - mostly because it doesn't sound like everything else.
6/10 Best Song - Lively up yourself
Not really my style, but it’s a good one.
Et bah on s'est fait chier qu'est ce que vous voulez que je vous dise.
Robert est encore une fois bien gentil de nous générer un gros nom de la liste, mais l'inquiétude commence à grandir au sujet de la situation de Stevie Wonder. Elcrameze et moi en sommes actuellement à 388 albums et Stevie n'a pas été généré la moindre fois. Pour essayer d'en savoir plus, je me suis rendu au domicile de Robert et suis descendu dans sa cave, à l'endroit même où il détient les artistes qui attendent d'avoir leur chance dans le générateur. Je finis par trouver celle de notre ami malvoyant et constatai avec dépit qu'elle était fermée à l'aide de quatorze cadenas. « À l'aide !! » crus-je alors entendre à travers la porte. Je regagnai finalement ma ville de Basse-saxe.
Marley is arguably the only reggae legend society has been graced with. While "Natty Dread" lacked the personal impact of "Exodus" lyrically, the vibe and near limitless creativity of Marley to expand reggae's sound despite its recognizable tone and style remains evident here.
Freesiä, kun lähinnä kuunnellut Marleyn hittikompilaatioita. Hyvin jaksoi loppuun asti.
Tää ei oo mun lemppari Wailerssi mutta kyl tääkin ihan saa polvet koukistumaan. Aurinkoinen päivä olis maistunut tän soundin kaveriksi paremmin. 3/5
no women, no cryyyyyyyyyyy
This Marley album sounds way happier than I feel like it should. Yeah, he’s still singing about injustices (and some other stuff), but it seemed disingenuous on this album for some reason. Maybe it’s hard to sing about being oppressed when you’ve had several successful albums?
solid but i feel like after the singles it kinda drops off
nenni ekki að hlusta a þetta örgl allt i lagi
I’ve always enjoyed Bob Marley’s music. So I think this album was a good display of that joy
I've never liked Bob Marley but listening to it now, the real problem with it isn't that the music outright sucks - it's that it's been hijacked over the years by champagne hippies who are all style over substance. Not my thing, but not as obnoxious as expected. It's slow, introspective and probably good to sway along to if you're stoned - there's that swing feel wankers describe as "chill". I'm not a convert and I'll still avoid beach bars in Asia because of it, but I should redirect my hate away from Bob himself haha. 2/5.
I just don’t see the appeal, I see the talent, but just not something I have any desire to listen to
3/10, I just dont get Bob Marley. Not enough parody between every song.
Not really something I listen to, but can appreciate it
I pretty much hate all Reggae, so even a 2-star rating is a compliment. This is clearly good for what it is, but I can't do it.
Pasa totalmente desapercibido. No es malo y quizá por separado y de una por una algunas canciones me gustan, pero como disco entero me cuesta trabajo darle atención.
Not really my taste in music. Can see why someone else would, but not my cup of tea
2.5 | Confirma dos cosas que tenía muy claras. Bob Marley es el mejor compositor e interprete que el reggae tiene y el reggae no es para mí (o al menos no lo aguanto en dosis mayores a 5 minutos). Tiene canciones que musicalmente me pueden agradar bastante, el órgano tipo gospel en No Woman No Cry siempre me ha gustado, el blues en Rebel Music no lo veía venir, Bend Down Low cambia el ritmo y le pone algo de movimiento al disco. A pesar de todo y de que veo que es un disco muy bien hecho no le puedo dar más; el resto de las canciones con el sonsonete clásico del reggae que después de una canción simplemente no me pasa. Se siente como un disco más maduro que otras canciones que le conozco en cuanto a que todas las letras bastante llenas de politiquería y protesta creo bien realizadas. Me agradó aprender que en sus canciones normalmente registraba los derechos de autor a nombre ya fuera de familiares o amigos que le hubieran inspirado a escribir x canción, a manera de protegerlos y asegurarse de que siempre les quedara algo en caso de que su herencia se desmadrara, habla muy bien de él... aunque siga sin aguantar un disco completo suyo.
I’m not really sure what to make of the reggae genre. If you were to describe a chilled out evening and some tunes to suit, this would be the genre. The tunes are fun and the style is chilled, but the lyrics run deep. An all happy and fulfilling album.
Ну мне уж совсем не нравится боб марли
Not my style
I’m not the biggest fan of this type of music
Nice and chilled but hard to put it anywhere on par with the Legend compilation. Easy listening in the background, nothing more.
Een paar nummers wel leuk, maar daarna bgint het toch wel saai en erg kabbelend te worden.
I struggle with Bob Marley. I am admittedly no reggae expert but to my untrained ears, musically a lot of this sounds like a lounge bar band pastiche of reggae, it's soulless at times. Sacrilege I know.
found out, not really a fan of reggae
Not something I would listen to again. I'm not the biggest fan of reggae, but I appreciate its impact on pop culture and some of the other artists I like
Geen reaggea-fan, dit is niet slecht
Reggae wallpaper. The only criticism I have of this list so far is that there are a lot of repeats from the same artist. Feels like they could include more variety
Would probably like the album more if i listened to it with a cold one and on a hot sunny day at the beach, but im not really getting in the mood right now.
Did not enjoy, not into Reggae at all. I get that Bob Marley was very good at what he did, it's just not for me. Best: Natty Dread, No Woman No Cry Worst: So Jah S'eh, Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock)
Didn't hate it, didn't love it. I think really diving into the lyrics might help.
I HATE Reggae, but because it’s Bob Marley I’ll give it a 2.
not my cup of tea
Glad I listened to it, but wont give it another spin.
September 1, 2021 Not sure how I managed to get two Bob Marley albums in the first 30 days but I am not that into it. I think reggae is just not for me. I really only enjoyed "No Woman No Cry".
Mucho reggae para mi un miércoles laboral
Very little interest
Even if you don't know anything about Jamaican music, chances are you know Bob Marley. He's far and away the most popular Jamaican musician of all time. You can kind of understand why listening to Natty Dread. The musicians lock into these gentle grooves like they've been playing together forever. Marley has a knack for writing simple lyrics that evoke an idea while not actually saying a whole lot. The musical textures are as slick as whale shit. Put together, these attributes make Natty Dread accessible as hell. But for me, it comes across as protest music for the Benneton crowd. I'm sure Bob Marley & The Wailers were perfectly sincere about their music and weren't intentionally pandering to the lowest common denominator, but it sure comes across that way. Thankfully, compared to previous albums, Natty Dread is more focused, with shorter song running times, the arrangements are more varied, and the first two tunes, Lively Up Yourself and No Woman No Cry actually have decent melodic and rhythmic hooks. Still, even putting my personal distaste for this kind of mainstream reggae aside, over the course of even a relatively short 42 minutes, my eyes rolled up into my head with boredom.
Not my favourite genre by a long stretch but it was listenable.
This is good if you're in the mood. I'm not usually in the mood.
I don't really care for reggae, even if it is the great Bob Marley. It's nice to listen to on certain occasions, but I never find myself in the mood for it. It's a bit boring and repetitive for me. The songs are a bit too similar sounding. I found myself tuning it out half the time, so it's hard to focus on and appreciate. While it's not a bad record, I don't see myself returning to this anytime soon.
Very underwhelming. The well known songs weren't enough to bring this up
Marley uses a very successful formula, but relies on it all too often. The uber successful no woman no cry is great, but the similarity for all the songs is just a bit too monotonous. Maybe it needs more cowbell?
2/5 not my cup of tea.
This was a lot of Bob Marley for a person who does not care for Bob Marley.
Just hearing the name Bob Marley evokes a pretty clear sonic picture in my mind of what kind of music I have to expect: It's Reggae all the way down. These expectations were met with a nodding approval by reality. And so it came to pass that I was bored. 2/5
Just not for me.
Äh en vaan jotenkin ymmärrä reggaeta. Jotenkin todella tylsää musaa kuunnella. Annan kuitenkin 2/5 koska ei varsinaisesti mitään teknistä vikaa.
Felt more backgroundy than expected. Waiting for something to jump out. Great bass lines and backing-singers though. Shannah (2.25/5) Bill (2.5/5) Conor (2.5/5) (2.4/5)
Today I learned that I really, really, really do not like reggae. I'm sure this was an important album and all, but man do I not enjoy this. I'd rather listen to the Kid Rock album again than this one.
No me ha gustado
I really don't like moppermarley's nagging voice + reggae is not really my genre so did not enjoy it.
Niet volledig geluisterd. Natty Dread was de druppel.
Forty years ago, I would have pretended to like this. But I've never really enjoyed most reggae. This is no exception. It includes "No Woman No Cry", but it's not the live version that everyone knows. I didn't enjoy this at all.
Is it even possible to enjoy Bob Marley while not being high? Not that I enjoy his music in any way when I am. It's just soooooo boooooring. It's boring to the point that I get really annoyed. I listened to parts of the first 6 songs but I couldn't bare any of them.
O ye! Nah, not my kind of music tbh