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This review is from: Natty Dread (Audio CD)
While I haven't heard this edition, the quality of other recent Marley reissues from Universal makes it very probable that this is superbly mastered.
But a great opportunity has been missed here, unlike with Exodus: that came out in a deluxe double CD edition with 12" and dub versions, additional 45s and some fine live material. This contains one previously issued bonus track from the same sessions. I do hope Universal will eventually see fit to issue a deluxe version of this album because, amazing as it may seem, there's some top quality material associated with it that has NEVER been reissued, namely the 3 Jamaican singles released from it plus their B-sides. These are: Knotty Dread (different mix) c/w dub version; Belly Full (again a different mix) c/w dub version and Talking Blues (different mix) c/w a DJ version by I Roy. A slightly different mix/edit of the latter is the only one of these six tracks that's ever been issued outside of Jamaica. The mixes of the single A-sides are notably different from those on the album, and the two dub versions, especially Belly Full, are absolutely superb. Sorry this is a rant more than a review - if you aren't already familiar with Bob Marley this is as good a place as any to start and one of his greatest albums, but for serious fans this is just the same stuff all over again. Maybe Universal are quietly scheduling a Marley Jamaican 45s album for some time in 2010. Or maybe they aren't, but they should be because this is the last notable Marley material that hasn't been reissued - there's more than just the three I've mentioned here.