Natural Mystic: The Legend Lives On

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Natural Mystic: The Legend Lives On
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Compilation album by
Released23 May 1995
RecordedVarious
GenreReggae
Length54:56
LabelTuff Gong/Island
ProducerBob Marley & The Wailers, Alex Sadkin, Steve Smith, Chris Blackwell, Lee Perry
The Wailers chronology
Songs of Freedom
(1992)
Natural Mystic: The Legend Lives On
(1995)
21 Winners: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic[1]

Natural Mystic: The Legend Lives On is a collection of album tracks by Bob Marley, and is an addendum to the 1984 compilation album, Legend.

Lyrics[edit]

The material on Legend consists mainly of love songs with a few of Marley's more politicized and religious themed works; the selection on Natural Mystic therefore attempts to redress the balance. On the opening title track, he warns of how "one and all got to face reality now" in a world of massive upheaval and change. Other songs explore salvation through oneness ("Africa Unite"), the greed that propels the world towards an inevitable Armageddon ("So Much Trouble In The World") and Marley's own role as a persecuted leader ("Iron Lion Zion"). The inclusion of "Easy Skanking" shows a meditative and laid-back Marley, partaking in Jamaica's most profitable cash crop during a spiritual time-out amidst the chaos of everyday life.

All tracks have been digitally remastered on GOLD version.

Alternative versions[edit]

To give Natural Mystic some individuality from its previous counterparts, the compilers placed an alternate extended cut of "Crazy Baldhead" in which more emphasis was given to the "silly noises" breakdown. They also included the remix of Bob Marley's late 1970s rendition of "Keep on Moving" featuring the vocals of Aswad and released exclusively for the UK market in 1984. The new remix, which was intended strictly for this particular album project, was fashioned in the same way "Iron Lion Zion" was done for Songs of Freedom, and at the ending of "One Drop", the song is an alternate version and it plays a noise, possibly the noise at the ending of Bob Marley & The Wailers's "Satisfy My Soul" [released 1978 on the album "Kaya" by Tuff Gong/Island].

Credits[edit]

Original Producers: Bob Marley & The Wailers, Alex Sadkin, Steve Smith, Chris Blackwell and Lee Perry.
Compilation producers: Chris Blackwell, Trevor Wyatt and Bill Levenson.

Track listing[edit]

Original album (1995)[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original releaseLength
1."Natural Mystic"Bob MarleyExodus (1977)3:26
2."Easy Skanking"B. MarleyKaya (1978)2:55
3."Iron Lion Zion" (New Mix)B. MarleySongs of Freedom (1992)3:14
4."Crazy Baldhead" (Extended)Rita Marley, Vincent FordRastaman Vibration (1976)3:23
5."So Much Trouble in the World"B. MarleySurvival (1979)3:57
6."War"Allan Cole, Carlton BarrettRastaman Vibration (1976)3:31
7."Africa Unite"B. MarleySurvival (1979)2:54
8."Trenchtown Rock" (Live)B. MarleyLive! (1975)4:10
9."Keep on Moving" (1995 Mix)Curtis MayfieldSongs of Freedom (1992)4:21
10."Sun Is Shining"B. MarleyKaya (1978)4:36
11."Who the Cap Fit" (Edit)Aston Barrett, C. BarrettRastaman Vibration (1976)4:17
12."One Drop"B. MarleySurvival (1979)3:51
13."Roots, Rock, Reggae" (Edit)FordRastaman Vibration (1976)3:31
14."Pimper's Paradise"B. MarleyUprising (1980)3:27
15."Time Will Tell"B. MarleyKaya (1978)3:30

The Definitive Remastered edition (2002)[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original releaseLength
1."Natural Mystic"Bob MarleyExodus (1977)3:26
2."Easy Skanking"B. MarleyKaya (1978)2:55
3."Iron Lion Zion" (New Mix)B. MarleySongs of Freedom (1992)3:14
4."Crazy Baldhead" (Extended)Rita Marley, Vincent FordRastaman Vibration (1976)3:23
5."So Much Trouble in the World"B. MarleySurvival3:57
6."War"Allan Cole, Carlton BarrettRastaman Vibration (1976)3:31
7."Africa Unite"B. MarleySurvival (1979)2:54
8."Trenchtown Rock" (Live)B. MarleyLive! (1975)4:10
9."Keep on Moving" (1995 Mix)Curtis MayfieldSongs of Freedom (1992)4:21
10."Sun Is Shining"B. MarleyKaya (1978)4:36
11."Who the Cap Fit" (Edit)Aston Barrett, C. BarrettRastaman Vibration (1976)4:17
12."One Drop"B. MarleySurvival (1979)3:51
13."Roots, Rock, Reggae" (Edit)FordRastaman Vibration (1976)3:31
14."Pimper's Paradise"B. MarleyUprising (1980)3:27
15."Positive Vibration" (Bonus Track)FordRastaman Vibration (1976)3:30
16."Time Will Tell"B. MarleyKaya (1978)3:30

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Weekly chart performance for Natural Mystic: The Legend Lives On
Chart (1995) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[2] 39
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[3] 37
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[4] 18
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[5] 19
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[6] 13
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[7] 24
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[8] 32
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[9] 3
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 14
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 10
UK Albums (OCC)[12] 5
2001 chart performance for Natural Mystic: The Legend Lives On
Chart (2001) Peak
French Albums (SNEP)[13] 141

Year-end charts[edit]

1995 year-end chart performance for Natural Mystic: The Legend Lives On
Chart (1995) Rank
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 46
Spanish Albums (AFYVE)[15] 46

Certifications and sales[edit]

Certifications and sales for Natural Mystic: The Legend Lives On
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[16] Gold 30,000^
France (SNEP)[17] Gold 100,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[18] Gold 7,500^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[19] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[20] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[21] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[22] Gold 500,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[23] Platinum 1,000,000*

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
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  14. ^ "Top Selling Albums of 1995". The Official NZ Music Charts. Archived from the original on 8 January 2021. Retrieved 26 May 2022.
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  19. ^ Salaverrie, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (PDF) (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Madrid: Fundación Autor/SGAE. p. 938. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
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  23. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 2003". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 4 July 2019.