Bob Marley and The Wailers- Natty Dread: Half Speed Master
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Natty Dread captures Bob Marley's decisive transition from Wailers band member to auteur, his singing and writing now front and centre, and the revamped band securely reined in to his defiant, rastafarian worldview. This 1974 release mirrors the line-up's more sinewy sound, carved by Al Anderson's spidery guitar fills, Touter's telegraphic keyboard, the i-threes' female vocal choruses and vamping horns - a potent brew that bubbles under his then most openly political songs. A position paper on the daunting ghetto realities of Jamaica's trenchtown, the album reels off a series of enduring Marley classics and kicks off with the giddy, sexy