U-Roy - Natty Rebel

U-Roy - Natty Rebel

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U-Roy was a true reggae pioneer, dubbed The Originator for good reason. Bursting onto the Jamaican scene in the early 1970s, he pioneered the vocal approach called toasting, which in addition to bringing Jamaican music into a new era, was also heavily influential on an American vocal style also in its infancy: rapping. Following up the Record Store Day 2017 release of U-Roy s classic Dread In A Babylon, Traffic Entertainment Group now brings us a very welcome reissue of the vocalist s 1976 full-length (and fourth) album, Natty Rebel, which has been out of print for more than 30 years. Produced by Tony Robinson (known for his work with Big Youth, Lloyd Parks, the Gladiators and many more), the album s 11 cuts range from bouncier and sometimes even disco-tinged grooves Have Mercy, Go There Natty and the album lead-off, Babylon Burning to the classic roots stepping that drew fans to the legendary Jamaican vocalist over his long career including So Jay Jah Say and Natty Kung Fu. At its core, this is a deep journey into the heart of rasta living, spoken by one of Jamaica s most underrated dub and roots legends, and it s one of the strongest full-lengths in his expansive catalog. Whether you are experiencing U-Roy for the first time, or replacing your decades-old original LP, diving into this reissue of Natty Rebel is one hell of a way to spend an afternoon.

Tracklist

A1 Babylon Burning
A2 Natty Rebel
A3 So Jah Jah Say
A4 Natty Kung Fu
A5 If You Should Leave Me
B1 Do You Remember
B2 Travelling Man
B3 Have Mercy
B4 Badie Boo
B5 Go There Natty
B6 Fire In A Trenchtown