last night while my wife was at some women’s wine tasting event, i got the guitar out for the first time in months. i found myself moving through most of the bob marley tunes i can play from memory – “no woman, no cry”, “trenchtown rock”, “i shot the sheriff”, and a few others. it got me thinking about the way bob marley is viewed in popular music. to a music snob like myself when i hear someone listening to legend i think what a tool. terrible attitude to have, but i can’t help it. greatest hits people kill me. i like to hear the song how it was intended to sound in the place the producer put it on the album.
natty dread is my favorite marley album. it has the studio version of “no woman, no cry” as well as “them belly full”, “lively up yourself”, “bend down low”, and “talkin’ blues.” it’s a significant album in marley’s discography because it’s the first one he released under “bob marley & the wailers” as opposed to “the wailers.” if all you have in your collection is legend, spend the time and money on natty, catch a fire, burnin’, and kaya - you don’t have to be a huge marley fan to understand the genius in those albums.