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Bob Marley, 'African Herbsman'

Bob Marley African Herbsman
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This Seventies collection of Jamaican recordings, most crafted by legendary ganja-cloud dub producer Lee Perry, was too spacey, it seems, to get an American release. But early versions of "Lively Up Yourself," "Small Axe," "Trenchtown Rock," "Kaya" and "Sun Is Shining," among others, are warmer, woozier, and waaaaaaaaay more stoned than the U.S. releases. The harmony vocals on "Duppy Conqueror" are an instant contact buzz. As Marley sings on "Kaya" amid deep tokes, "I’m so high, I even touch the sky."

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