Natural Mystic: The Legend Lives On


Natural Mystic: The Legend Lives On
Natural Mystic:
The Legend Lives On
Compilation album by The Wailers
Released 1995
Recorded Various
Genre Reggae
Label Tuff Gong/Island Records
The Wailers chronology
Songs of Freedom
(1992)
Natural Mystic: The Legend Lives On
(1995)
Rock to the Rock
(1999)

Natural Mystic: The Legend Lives On is a collection of album tracks by Bob Marley, and is an addendum to the 1984 compilation album, Legend. The material on Legend consists mainly of love songs with a few of Marley's more politicized and religious themed works; the selection on Natural Mystic therefore attempts to redress the balance. On the opening title track, he warns of how "one and all got to face reality now" in a world of massive upheaval and change. Other songs explore salvation through oneness ("Africa Unite"), the greed that propels the world towards an inevitable Armageddon ("So Much Trouble In The World") and Marley's own role as a persecuted leader ("Iron Lion Zion"). The magic that was part of his and The Wailers' live shows erupts in the included version of "Trenchtown Rock" which has an infectiuousness that demands a rhythmic response. And the inclusion of "Easy Skanking" shows a meditative and laid-back Marley, partaking in Jamaica's most profitable cash crop during a spiritual time-out amidst the chaos of everyday life.

All tracks have been digitally remastered on GOLD version.

Alternative Versions

To give Natural Mystic some individuality from its previous counterparts, the compilers placed an alternate extended cut of "Crazy Baldhead" in which more emphasis was given to the "silly noises" breakdown as well a remix of the Marley's late 1970s rendition of "Keep On Moving" that featured the vocals of Aswad and was released in 1984 in England only. The new remix which was intended strictly for this particular album project was fashioned in the same way "Iron Lion Zion" was done for Songs Of Freedom.

Credits

Original Producers: Bob Marley & The Wailers, Alex Sadkin, Steve Smith, Chris Blackwell and Lee Perry.
Compilation producers: Chris Blackwell, Trevor Wyatt and Bill Levenson.

Track listing

All tracks written by Bob Marley unless noted otherwise:

No. Title Writer(s) Original Album Length
1. "Natural Mystic"     Exodus 3:26
2. "Easy Skanking"     Kaya 2:55
3. "Iron Lion Zion"     Songs of Freedom 3:14
4. "Crazy Baldheads (* alternate extended version)"   Rita Marley, Vincent Ford Rastaman Vibration 3:23
5. "So Much Trouble In The World"     Survival 3:57
6. "War"   Alan Cole, Carlton Barrett Rastaman Vibration 3:31
7. "Africa Unite"     Survival 2:54
8. "Trenchtown Rock (Live)"     African Herbsman 4:10
9. "Keep On Moving (* 1995 remix of the 1984 UK release)"   Curtis Mayfield Soul Revolution 4:21
10. "Sun is Shining"     Kaya/Soul Revolution 4:36
11. "Who The Cap Fit"   Barrett Rastaman Vibration 4:17
12. "One Drop"   Barrett Survival 3:51
13. "Roots, Rock, Reggae"   Ford Rastaman Vibration 3:31
14. "Pimper's Paradise"     Uprising 3:27
15. "Time Will Tell"     Kaya 3:29
Total length:
54:56

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