Natural Mystic: The Legend Lives On

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Natural Mystic: The Legend Lives On
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Compilation album by
LabelTuff Gong/Island
ProducerBob Marley & The Wailers, Alex Sadkin, Steve Smith, Chris Blackwell, Lee Perry
The Wailers chronology
Songs of Freedom
Natural Mystic: The Legend Lives On
21 Winners
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[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. 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.


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]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[2] 149,300 [3]*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "French album certifications – Bob Marley – natural Mystic" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
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