African Herbsman

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African Herbsman
Compilation album by The Wailers
Released July 1973 (1973-07)
Recorded 1970–71
Genre Early Reggae
Label Trojan
Producer Lee Perry
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]

African Herbsman is a compilation of the Wailers songs, released by Trojan Records in 1973, shortly after their major-label debut album Catch a Fire had been released by Island Records.

The compilation is the UK equivalent of the Jamaican album Soul Revolution, with the songs "Memphis" and "Duppy Conqueror V/4" replaced by several other tracks from the period. Most of the added tracks are non-album singles from the period, but it also includes "400 Years" from the album Soul Rebels.

African Herbsman album is a collection of some of the songs that the Wailers recorded in Jamaica together with producer Lee Perry from 1970 to 1971, before they received international recognition. Included are also two of the group's self-productions, "Trenchtown Rock" and "Lively Up Yourself", that both had been big hits in Jamaica.

Several of the songs included here would later be re-recorded by Marley for his later albums. Examples are "Lively Up Yourself" (on Natty Dread), "Duppy Conqueror" (on Burnin'), and "Sun Is Shining" (on Kaya).

Track listing[edit]

Original album (1973)[edit]

All tracks written by Bob Marley, unless noted.

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Original release Length
1. "Lively Up Yourself"   Bob Marley Non-album single (1971) 2:53
2. "Small Axe"   Marley Non-album single (1970) 3:54
3. "Duppy Conqueror"   Marley Soul Revolution (1971) 3:44
4. "Trenchtown Rock"   Marley Non-album single (1971) 2:57
5. "African Herbsman"   Ritchie Havens Soul Revolution (1971) 2:24
6. "Keep on Moving"   Lee Perry, Curtis Mayfield, Marley Soul Revolution (1971) 3:09
7. "Fussing and Fighting"   Marley Soul Revolution (1971) 2:28
8. "Stand Alone"   Marley Soul Revolution (1971) 2:12
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Original release Length
9. "All in One" (medley pt.1) ( "Bend Down Low" / "Nice Time" / "One Love" /
"Simmer Down" / "It Hurts to be Alone" / "Lonesome Feelings" /
"Love and Affection" / "Put it On" / "Duppy Conqueror")
Neville Livingstone, Marley Non-album single (1971) 3:36
10. "Don't Rock My Boat"   Marley Soul Revolution (1971) 4:33
11. "Put it On"   Marley Soul Revolution (1971) 3:33
12. "Sun Is Shining"   Marley Soul Revolution (1971) 2:15
13. "Kaya"   Marley Soul Revolution (1971) 2:39
14. "Riding High"   Neville Livingston, Cole Porter Soul Revolution (1971) 2:44
15. "Brain Washing"   Marley Soul Revolution (1971) 2:38
16. "400 Years"   Peter Tosh Soul Rebels (1970) 2:32

Trojan Records reissue (2003)[edit]

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