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  • Audio CD (26 Feb. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000088O24
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,985 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Lively Up Yourself
  2. Small Axe
  3. Duppy Conqueror - Bob Marley
  4. Trenchtown Rock
  5. African Herbsman
  6. Keep On Moving
  7. Fussing & Fighting
  8. Stand Alone
  9. All In One
  10. Don't Rock The Boat
  11. Put It On
  12. Sun Is Shining
  13. Kaya
  14. Riding High
  15. Brain Washing
  16. Four Hundred Years
  17. Memphis - The Upsetters
  18. Live (Lively Up Yourself Version) - Tommy McCook
  19. More Axe
  20. The Axe Man (Small Axe Version) - The Upsetters
  21. Zig Zag (Duppy Conqueror Version) - The Upsetters
  22. Grooving Kingston 12 (Trench Town Rock Version)
  23. Moving Version - Big Youth
  24. Keep On Skanking
  25. Copasetic (All In One Version) - The Upsetters
  26. Kaya

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Format: Audio CD
This review is for the original 1988 CD pressing of African Herbsman on Trojan Records, CDTRL 62.

Originally released in 1973, this was a compilation of Wailers material recorded a couple of years earlier in Jamaica and issued to cash-in on the UK success of the band's debut LP for Island Records, Catch A Fire.

Most of the material on African Herbsman was produced by Lee Perry, Lively Up Yourself and Trenchtown Rock being produced by The Wailers themselves.

With this 1988 CD release there is a lovely warmth to the overall sound, and it can be played at high volumes without scraping the eardrums. It's very analogue, quite a pleasant listening experience.

That said, in comparison to the material Marley later recorded for Island in the UK the sonics are somewhat primitive at times, but that's a consequence of the basic recording facilities available to the band in Jamaica. It's also a huge part of the charm of the material, which in a more high-tech studio environment would have been lost.

As for the music, this "pre-mainstream" incarnation of Bob Marley and The Wailers shows the band with a more stripped down, smoother and organic sound than they would later develop after being exposed to expensive studios and white Rock influences in the UK. It's testament to the fundamental strength of the music featured on this collection that Marley would revisit so much of it across subsequent albums recorded for Island Records. Don't make the mistake of assuming that because this is early material it's inferior quality. It's not.

So, for the casual or exploratory fan I would say buy African Herbsman after the more well known Legend compilation, to get a good picture of a more earthy side to Marley and the Wailers.
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Do not buy this DVD-Audio version. I already had the CD version when i bought this (with the intention of giving the CD to my brother, who does not have DVD-A equipment). Whilst the material itself is fantastic, the sound quality on this DVD-A is WORSE than on the CD, suffering from distortion at high frequencies. And to pre-empt any suggestions of incompatibility etc, i am positive that it is the production on this disc and not a problem with my system or the user, since i own plenty of DVD-A and SACD albums and this is the only one i have a problem with. So I am keeping the CD version and i'll probably give this DVD-A to a charity shop.
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Only just alerted to this CD by a recommendation in "Lime" the LIAT in-flight mag in the Caribbean. Have to say it is just outstanding, mellow, feel-good, classic Marley at his very best
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Ordered as a gift for my son. This was one of the only CD's that he hadn't got. As with all Bob Marley CD's another great CD
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