Can't believe there's no review of this.
Like many people, I love a lot of the stuff on Legend
but wasn't sure where to explore next. Some of the stuff on that album is a bit too polished and commercial for me - or maybe I've just heard the tracks too often. I tried and enjoyed both Natural Mystic
but still thought there must be more out there that hit the spot.
This is the album I needed. It's absolutely wonderful. The instrumentation is similar to his most famous recordings, the tunes are as catchy and the beat very familiar. Many songs here would be rerecorded for his Island albums, but here they are in their Lee Scratch Perry produced earthy glory. Concrete Jungle, Natural Mystic, Sun is Shining, Keep on Moving, Soul Shakedown Party, Jah is Mighty, Soul Rebel and many more here are just excellent songs and deserved to be as widely known as later chaff like Is This Love or One Love.
The CD comes with a great bonus DVD - Bob's 1979 open air Santa Barbara concert, which, reviews elsewhere will tell you is one of Bob's best recorded concerts. A bizarre set to put with his pre-Island recordings, but very welcome nonetheless.