Monday, 8 August 2011

FROM THE FRONTLINE - # 2 - Bob Marley - 'Natural Mystic'


Bob Marley - Natural Mystic (1977)

Whenever I'm in need of 'musical medicine', I visit this song. There's not much that needs to be said about this tune, simply put, it's beautiful. It just creeps up on you, as the beat and bassline fades-in and you're already captivated before Robert delivers his emotional lament. A real balm for the soul, goose pimples every time, without fail.

The cool factor and my love of the song was cemented when Lennox Lewis used it for one his ring side entrances. I can't remember who it was he battered that night but it was probably one of the coolest moments I have ever witnessed.

Despite the allure of the song, there are dark sentiments and there's a eye opening description of 'Natural Mystic' in this article, about a 'dangerous time' when the 'two sevens clashed' (there's a song there somewhere).


On me head son...'ave it!

Bob Marley - 'Natural Mystic'

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FROM THE FRONTLINE - # 2 - Bob Marley - 'Natural Mystic'
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8 August 2011 at 09:28

Brilliant song from the undisputed king of Reggae.

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8 August 2011 at 10:07

Quite simply Marley at his glorious best!

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8 August 2011 at 19:38

I love, love, love this song! It creates an such an atmosphere. I can see low flickering flames and can feel that humid sticky tropical heat. I remember it was on my 21st birthday and we went for a pub tour in London. As we ambled through Covent Garden in the evening, we saw a reggae group playing in the middle of the square. The heavily dreadlocked front man asked the sparse audience if they had any requests. No answer! So I shouted "Natural Mystic!" and cowardly hid behind someone. The rastaman spun around and shouted "Who said dat!" He sounded so stern so I didn't own up, but then the band kicked in. It did creep up on us, our own private gig. Happy birthday I thought. I'll never forget it!

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