Natural Mystic: The Legend Lives On [Bonus Tracks]

Natural Mystic: The Legend Lives On [Bonus Tracks]

by Bob Marley & the WailersBob Marley & the Wailers

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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Despite its massive commercial success, Legend, the 1984 Bob Marley & the Wailers compilation, was not an impressive best-of of the group's full career. It was assembled to highlight Marley's U.K. hit singles of the late '70s and seriously under-represented his early standards. You might think, therefore, that 11 years later, when Island Records finally got around to releasing what is in essence "Legend, Vol. 2," the label would redress the imbalance. No such luck. As its title, Natural Mystic: The Legend Lives On, suggests, this Marley "rest-of" has the same flaw as its predecessor. ("Natural Mystic," the leadoff track, is from 1977's Exodus, an album that had already provided five tracks to Legend.) Although there were few additional U.K. singles, this collection gathers them up, including "Iron Lion Zion" and the newly reconfigured "Keep on Moving," both posthumous tracks heavily overdubbed long after Marley's death that sound little like his classic style. The rest of the album scatters tracks from such later albums as Survival and Uprising, though there are four songs (including one new bonus recording for the 2002 reissue) from Rastaman Vibration, an album ignored by Legend, one of them Marley's sole Billboard Hot 100 chart entry, "Roots, Rock, Reggae." Still, the absence of defining early-'70s songs like "Lively up Yourself," "Concrete Jungle," "Stop That Train," "Burnin' and Lootin'," "Kinky Reggae," "Duppy Conqueror," and "Small Axe" from either compilation is so bizarre that the only explanation one can speculate is a financial one. Maybe due to recording or publishing contracts Island has some reason to avoid putting Bob Marley & the Wailers' early classics on their compilations. In any case, Natural Mystic: The Legend Lives On

Product Details

Release Date: 05/21/2002
Label: Island
UPC: 0731454890724
catalogNumber: 548907
Rank: 39464

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Marley & the Wailers   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Bob Marley   Composer,Producer
Steve Smith   Producer
Chris Blackwell   Producer
Errol Brown   Producer
Margaret Goldfarb   Reissue Production Coordination
Ingmar Kiang   Producer
Bill Levenson   Reissue
Lee "Scratch" Perry   Producer
Zonker Roberts   Tape Research
Alex Sadkin   Producer
Trevor Wyatt   Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
Bob Marley & the Wailers   Producer
Neville Garrick   Art Direction
Adrian Boot   Imaging
V. Ford   Composer

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