1974

After the release of the first two albums of The Wailers by Island Ltd. the representatives both of Bob Marley and of Island Ltd. were in discussion about a contract to continue.
Meanwhile Bob Marley had signed a composer agreement to Cayman Music with Danny Sims dealing with all songs written by Bob Marley during the period from October 11th 1973 to October 11th 1976. This contract led to some problems in the making of the new contract with Island.
As an “elegant” way to solve this problem Bob Marley didn´t appeared as the writer of many songs of the albums “Natty Dread” and “Rastaman Vibration”. But this cannot be understood in the way that Bob Marley would not have written these songs. In fact it was Bob Marley who received all royalties for these songs too. Now it can be taken as a fact that Bob Marley wrote all songs of these albums.
Finally on October 15th or 16th 1974 the new contract between Bob Marley and Island was signed.
Much later there was a discussion if Bob Marley signed the contract for himself or for himself and The Barrett Brothers as equal parts of “Bob Marley & The Wailers”. Finally it was concluded that he signed the contract for himself.
The rights to publish the songs of this album in UK were held by Rondor Music (London) Ltd.

NATTY DREAD ALBUM

All songs recorded in 1974 at Harry J´s Studio, Kingston, except “No Woman No Cry” recorded at Islands Studios, London.
Produced by The Wailers except “No Woman No Cry” produced by The Wailers and Chris Blackwell.
First Jamaican Longplay release: Tuff Gong TGLLP 3 (Matrix: ILPS 9281), 1975
First UK Longplay release: Island ILPS 9281, January 31st 1975
First German Longplay release: Island 88 741 XOT, 1975 (Awarded with “Deutscher Schallplatten Preis”) (My copy has an extension of the matrix going “/75″ showing it was made in 1975.)
Later German Longplay release: Island 203 202 (various pressings)
Italian Longplay release: Island ILPS 19 281
Japanese Longplay relese: Island 20S-83.
Australian Longplay release: Island L35485. Pink rim label.
Jugoslavian Longplay release: Jugoton LSI 73046.
Released on CD: Island, 1988
Released on CD: Tuff Gong / Island TGLCD 3 (Digitally Remastered), January 1994
Released on CD: Universal / Island (Definitive Remasters) , June 12th 2001
Note: Soon to be released: Live! (Deluxe Edition) 2-CD with 12 songs from this show: Trenchtown Rock, Slave Driver (prev. unrel.), Burnin´ And Lootin´, Them Belly Full, Rebel Music (prev. unrel.), No Woman No Cry, Kinky Reggae, Natty Dread (prev. unrel.), Stir It Up (said to be the one released on Babylon By Bus, although I think this is a irritating maybe wrong info), Lively Up Yourself (complete over 7 min version), I Shot The Sheriff, Get Up Stand Up (complete over 10 min version) plus Natty Dread album with some extra tracks, Belly Full (JA Mix), Road Block (JA Mix), Knotty Dread (JA Mix), Bend Down Low (Alternate from Talking Blues), Bend Down Low (recorded with Lee Perry), Talking Blues (Alternate from Talking Blues), Am-A-Do (from Talking Blues)

There is a second alternate album release existing.
This album has three songs in alternate form: “Lively Up Yourself”, “No Woman No Cry”, “Bend Down Low”.
Identifiable by different given running times on the label.
“Lively Up Yourself” has some echo at the whoooi intro. It has male and not female harmonies. It is traded on “Natty Dread Demos” as Track 01. (5,09).
“No Woman No Cry” has a different intro and some different organ parts. It is traded on “Natty Dread Demos” Track 02. (3,57).
“Bend Down Low” has a flute. It is traded on “Natty Dread Demos” as track 12. (3,16).
International Longplay release: Island BMSP 100, 1982, 9-LP-Box.
German Music-Cassette release: Island MC 56 281 GT, Ariola Vertrieb.
Spanish Longplay release: Island 88741 I, sleeve say “1974 Island Records” and “Ariola-Eurodisc S. A. _ Calla Aragon, 204, Barcelona 11 Espania Graficas Roman S. A. Barcelona 1978″, label is light and dark blue common island label.

Lively Up Yourself

Written by Bob Marley.
Lead vocals and guitar by Bob Marley. Harmonies by Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths.
JA Tuff Gong / UK Island vinyl album release (5,12) (Although the sleeve says 5,29 what is wrong.)
Island CD album release (Digitally Remastered) (5,10)
Island CD album release (Definitive Remasters) (5,10)
CD release: Songs Of Freedom, 1992 (5,10)
Note: The same take but edited was released on USA 7-inch. See below.
Note: The same take was used for the 1984 remix.
Note: Probably the album track appeared on Italian Island WIP 26219, 1975 or later, a-side: No Woman no Cry / b-side: Lively Up Yourself.

No Woman No Cry

Credited to Vincent Ford although it says this was only for royalties and in fact Bob Marley wrote the song. Vincent “Tata” Ford was a good friend and kind of mentor of Bob Marley who practised at his home back yard. He ran a soup kitchen. He suffered from diabetes and had lost his two legs. He died at the age of 68 in December 28th 2008.
Lead vocals and guitar by Bob Marley. Harmonies by unknown female artists, not by The I-Threes as Aston Barrett reveals, told in RS book.
JA Tuff Gong / UK Island vinyl album release (4,04) (Although the sleeve says 4,06 what is wrong.)
Island CD album release (Digitally Remastered) (3,45) Surprisingly edited!
Island CD album release (Definitive Remasters) (3,46) Surprisingly also edited!
Note: The same take was used for the 1984 remix and for the 1997 remix.
Note: Probably the album track appeared on Italian Island WIP 26219, 1975 or later, a-side: No Woman no Cry / b-side: Lively Up Yourself.
Note: Probably the album track appeared on Spanish Island 101990, 1980, a-side: Bad Card / b-side: No Woman No Cry
Note: On Tuff Gong probably in the eighties a 7-inch appeared: No Woman No Cry (Rita Marley)/ Dub Version (I Threes and Wailers Band)

Belly Full, Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)

Written by Bob Marley but credited to Carlton Barrett and Leghorn Coghill.
Lead vocals and guitar by Bob Marley. Harmonies by Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths.
JA Tuff Gong / UK Island vinyl album release (3,10)
Holland 7-inch release: Island 16.212 AT, 1974, a-side: Them Belly Full / b-side: Stop That Train
Italy 7-inch release: Island WIP 26210, 1975 or later, a-side: Trench Town Rock (live) / b-side: Them Belly Full
German 7-inch release: Island 43153xT, ca. 1975, a-side: No Woman No Cry (Live 1975) / Get Up Stand Up / b-side: Stir It Up / Them Belly Full (But We´re Hungry) Special Edition called “King Of Reggae” with two titles on each side and the sleeve made as a poster.
UK 7-inch release: Island WIP 6309, 1976, a-side: Roots Rock Reggae / b-side: Them Belly Full (3,10)
German 7-inch release: Island 17 101 AT, 1976, a-side: Roots Rock Reggae / b-side: Them Belly Full (3,10)
Island CD album release (Digitally Remastered) (3,12)
Island CD album release (Definitive Remasters) (3,13)
Island CD album release, Rebel Music, 1986 (3,13)
Note: The same take but edited was used for the JA Tuff Gong single release. See below.
Note: And there is the “Version”. See below.
Note: The same take was used for the 1997 remix.

Road Block, Rebel Music (3 O´ Clock Road Block)

On the album the vocal track is titled “Rebel Music (3 O´ Clock Road Block)”. On the 7-inch the vocal track is titled “Road Block” and the version is called “Rebel Music”.
Written by Bob Marley, but credited to Aston Barrett and Hugh Peart.
Lead vocals and guitar by Bob Marley. Harmonies by Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths.
JA Tuff Gong / UK Island vinyl album release (6,44) (Although the sleeve says 6,40 what is wrong.)
Island CD album release (Digitally Remastered) (6,43)
Island CD album release (Definitive Remasters) (6,45)
Note: The same take but edited was used for release on O.S.T. Countryman.
Note: The same take was used for the 1986 remix and for the 1997 remix. See later.
Note: For the album “Chant Down Babylon” (2000) another alternate take was used.
Note: There are three 7-inches with “Road Block”: one has an edit of the album track, another has an alternate mix, the third a long alternate mix. See below.
Note: The version is called “Rebel Music” appearing in two different mixes, of which the alternate mix is released in two different lengths. See below.

So Jah Seh

Written by Bob Marley but credited to Willie San Francisco aka Francisco Willy Pep, both pseudonyms for Alvin “Seeco” Patterson.
Featuring an early drum-box.
Lead vocals and guitar by Bob Marley. Harmonies by Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths and Bernard “Touter” Harvey.
JA Tuff Gong / UK Island vinyl album release (4,25)
Dutch 7-inch release: Island 16 337 AT, 1975, a-side: No Woman No Cry (3,57) / So Jah Seh (4,25) (The cover of this record is different to the UK 7-inch cover and includes the mistake that “Kinky Reggae” would be the b-side, in fact it is “So Jah Seh” as it is written on the label.
Island CD album release (Digitally Remastered) (4,27)
Island CD album release (Definitive Remasters) (4,28)
Note: The same take but edited appeared on 7-inch. See below.

Natty Dread

Written by Bob Marley but credited on album to Alan Cole and Aston Barrett.
Lead vocals and guitar by Bob Marley. Harmonies by Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths.
UK 7-inch release: Island WIP 6262, 1974, a-side: So Jah Seh / b-side: Natty Dread (Matrix: WIPX 1355-1U) (3,33)
JA Tuff Gong / UK Island vinyl album release (3,33)
Island CD album release (Digitally Remastered) (3,35)
Island CD album release (Definitive Remasters) (3,35)
Island CD release: Songs Of Freedom, 1992 (3,34)
Note: The same take but edited appeared on 7-inch titled “Knotty Dread”. See below.
Note: And there is the “Version”. See below.

Bend Down Low

Written by Bob Marley.
Lead vocals and guitar by Bob Marley. Harmonies by Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths.
This take has lesser flute as the alternate mix and more flute as the Black Art mix. JA Tuff Gong / UK Island vinyl album release (3,23) (Although the sleeve says 3,10 what is wrong.)
Island CD album release (Digitally Remastered) (3,21)
Island CD album release (Definitive Remasters) (3,21)
Note: An alternate mix appeared on JA Black Art 7-inch. See below.
Note: An alternate take was released on the album “Talking Blues” (1991). See below.

Talking Blues

Written by Bob Marley but credited to Carlton Barrett and Cogill Leghorn aka Legon Cogill.
Lead vocals and guitar by Bob Marley. Harmonies by Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths.
Jamaican 7-inch release: Black Ark, a-side: Bend Down Low (Matrix: A 4861) / b-side: Talking Blues (Matrix: 4861-B)
Dutch 7-inch release: Island 17 101 AT, 1976, a-side: Roots Rock Reggae / b-side: Talking Blues
Spanish 7-inch release: Tuff Gong / Island, 1991, a-side: Talking Blues / b-side: Talking Blues
JA Tuff Gong / UK Island vinyl album release (4,06)
Island CD album release (Digitally Remastered) (4,06)
Island CD album release (Definitive Remasters) (4,07)
Note: The same take but edited appeared on 7-inch. See below.
Note: The DJ Version by I Roy uses an alternate take of this song. See below.
Note: An alternate take was released on the album “Talking Blues” (1991). See below.

Revolution

Written by Bob Marley.
Lead vocals and guitar by Bob Marley. Harmonies by Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths.
JA Tuff Gong / UK Island vinyl album release (4,20)
Island CD album release (Digitally Remastered) (4,20)
Island CD album release (Definitive Remasters) (4,23)


OTHER TRACKS

Knotty Dread (Edit)

An edit of the album track.
Jamaican 7-inch release: Tuff Gong, 1974, a-side: Knotty Dread (Matrix: FCT 45-A) (3,00)/ b-side: Version (Matrix: FCT 45-B)
This 7-inch appears with rust writing on green background and
with red writing on pink background and
with red writing on yellow background and
with black writing on pink background and
red writing on white background.
I saw this one with black writing on yellow background (PIC a-side).
Never released on CD.

Belly Full (Edit)

An edit of the album track. Produced by Aston Barett, what is indicated by the matrix starting with “AB”.
Jamaican 7-inch release: Tuff Gong, 1974, a-side: Belly Full (Credit: Bob Marley & The I-Threes & Wailers) (Matrix: AB 4704 RRS) / Version (Credit: —) (Matrix: AC # 4696-B)
Jamaican 7-inch release: Tuff Gong, 1974, a-side: Belly Full (Credit: Bob Marley & The I-Threes & Wailers) (Matrix: AB 4772) (3,27) / Version (Credit: —) (Matrix: AB 4773-B)
Jamaican 7-inch release: Tuff Gong, 1974, a-side: Belly Full (Credit: Bob Marley & The I-Threes & Wailers) (Matrix: AB 4944/2) / Rebel Music (Credit: —) (Matrix: AB 4945/B)
This 7-inch appears with black writing on green background (PIC a-side) (PIC b-side) and
with red writing on green background and
with black writing on blue background (PIC a-side).
Never released on CD.

Road Block (Rebel Music (3 O´ Clock Road Block) Edit 1)

An edit of the album vocal track. Produced by Aston Barett, what is indicated by the matrix starting with “AB”.
Jamaican 7-inch release: Tuff Gong, a-side: Road Block (Matrix: AB 4709-A) (3,24) / b-side: Rebel Music (Matrix: AB 4710-B)
I have this track on “Rarities from UK Nr. 5 CDR”

Rebel Music (3 O´ Clock Road Block) (Edit 2)

A different edit of the album vocal track.
Island release: O.S.T. Countryman (3,55)

Lively Up Yourself (Edit)

An edit of the album track.
USA 7-inch release: Island IS 027, 1974, a-side: Lively Up Yourself (Matrix: IS 027-A-RE) (2,51) / b-side: So Jah Seh

So Jah Seh (Edit)

An edit of the album track.
UK 7-inch release: Island WIP 6262, 1974, a-side: So Jah Seh (Matrix: WIPX 1354-1U) (3,08) / b-side: Natty Dread
USA 7-inch release: Island IS 1974, a-side: Lively Up Yourself / b-side: So Jah Seh (Matrix: IS-027-B) (3,08)

Talking Blues (Edit)

An edit of the album take with more bass as the album track.
Jamaican 7-inch release: Tuff Gong, ca 1975, a-side: Talking Blues (Matrix: Micron 6088) (3,33) / b-side: Talking Blues (Version) (Matrix: Micron 1675)


Road Block (Alternate Mix)

Alternate mix of the vocal track used for the album. In fact the same as the one mentioned next but longer.
Jamaican 7-inch release: Tuff Gong, 1974, a-side: Road Block (Matrix: TG 1649) (3,45) / b-side: Rebel Music (Matrix: DSR BM 9602-B)
CD release: Countryman Original Sound Track, UK Island, 1982, 2-LP.

Road Block (Alternate Mix) (Edit)

An edit or shorter mix of the alternate mix of the vocal track used for the album. In fact the same as the one mentioned before but shorter.
Jamaican 7-inch release: Tuff Gong, 1974, a-side: Road Block (Matrix: TG 1468) (3,35) / b-side: Rebel Music (Matrix: TG 1469)
Never released on CD.
I have this track on rastaman collection I – Vol. 17.

Rebel Music (Road Block Version)

Instrumental version of “Road Block” featuring some harmony vocals. I-Threes are singing at the start: “Dip Dip Dip.” (twice) “I. Rebel Music” (twice) “O-o-o-o-oh” and at the end “I. Rebel Music”. Lee Jaffe´s plays harmonica during the first half of the song.
Jamaican 7-inch release: Tuff Gong, 1974, a-side: Road Block (Matrix: TG 1649) / b-side: Rebel Music (Matrix: DSR BM 9602-B) (3,34)
Jamaican 7-inch release: Tuff Gong, 1974, a-side: Road Block (Matrix: DSR BM 9602-A) / b-side: Rebel Music (Matrix: DSR BM 9602-B)
Never released on CD.

Rebel Music (Road Block Version) (Edit)

An edit or shorter mix of the instrumental version.
Jamaican 7-inch release: Tuff Gong, 1974, a-side: Road Block (Matrix: TG 1468) / b-side: Rebel Music (Matrix: TG 1469) (3,03)
Never released on CD.
I have this track on rastaman collection I – Vol. 17.

Rebel Music (Road Block Bongo Version)

Bongo-version of the instrumental track mixed by Aston Barrett. Produced by Aston Barett, too, what is indicated by the matrix startng wth “AB”.
Jamaican 7-inch release: Tuff Gong, 1974, a-side: Road Block (Matrix: AB 4709-A) / b-side: Rebel Music (Matrix: AB 4710-B) (3,34)
Never released on CD.
I have this track on “Rarities from UK Nr. 5 CDR”

Belly Full Version

Instrumental version of “Belly Full” featuring some harmony vocals. Produced by Aston Barett, what is indicated by the matrix starting with “AB”.
Jamaican 7-inch release: Tuff Gong, 1974, a-side: Belly Full (Credit: Bob Marley & The I-Threes & Wailers) (Matrix: AB 4704 RRS) / Version (Credit: —) (Matrix: AC # 4696-B)
Jamaican 7-inch release: Tuff Gong, 1974, a-side: Belly Full (Credit: Bob Marley & The I-Threes & Wailers) (Matrix: AB 4772) (3,27) / Version (Credit: —) (Matrix: AB 4773-B)
Jamaican 7-inch release: Tuff Gong, 1974, a-side: Belly Full (Credit: Bob Marley & The I-Threes & Wailers) (Matrix: AB 4944/2) / Rebel Music (Credit: —) (Matrix: AB 4945/B)
All three matrixes have the same music.
This 7-inch appears with black writing on green background (PIC a-side) (PIC b-side) and
with red writing on green background and
with black writing on blue background (PIC a-side).
Never released on CD.

Knotty Dread Version

Instrumental version of “Knotty Dread”.
Jamaican 7-inch release: Tuff Gong, 1974, a-side: Knotty Dread (Matrix: FCT 45-A) / b-side: Version (Matrix: FCT 45-B)(2,52)
I have this track on “Bob Marley – Wailers Wanted CDR” (2,54).
This 7-inch appears with rust writing on green background and
with red writing on pink background and
with red writing on yellow background and
with black writing on pink background and
red writing on white background.
I saw this one with black writing on yellow background (PIC a-side).
Never released on CD.

Talking Blues (Version) (I Roy)

DJ vocals by I Roy. Lead vocals and guitar by Bob Marley. Harmonies by Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths.
DJ Version by I Roy using an alternate take.
The last DJ version of a Wailers´ track released on a Wailers´ label. “Straight To The Heathen Head” is an alternate title for this song.
Jamaican 7-inch release: Tuff Gong, ca 1975, a-side: Talking Blues (Matrix: Micron 6088) (3,33) / b-side: Talking Blues (Version) (Matrix: Micron 1675) (3,06)
The same dj version but running longer (3,22) and titled as “Straight To The Heathen Head” appeared on an I Roy vinyl album called “Truths And Rights” on Grounation GROL 504 in 1975 and on the Micron label.
The track also appears on the CD reissue of that album, “Straight To The Heart” on Lagoon 1002 in 1991, titled as “Straight To The Heart”.
The track finally appeared on a CD compilation album of I Roy called “Don´t Check Me With No Lightweight Stuff” on Blood And Fire BAFCD 016 in 1997 titled as “Straight To The Heathen Head”.

Bend Down Low (Black Art Mix)

This take has nearly no flute and a different lead guitar.
Jamaican 7-inch release: Black Art, a-side: Bend Down Low (Matrix: 4861-A) (3,20) / b-side: Talking Blues (Matrix: 4861-B)
I have this mix on “Rarities from UK Nr. 3″

Bend Down Low (Alternate) (LP)

This alternate as the flute different.
DD Issue 12 and some collectors tell the story about these three alternates like this:
album release: The Box Set, 9-LP Box, Island BMSP 100, 1982 (3,23)
album release: Natty Dread, LP 1989-pressing.
cassette release: sland 56 281 GT, maybe a German release.

No Woman No Cry (Alternate) (LP)

This alternate has a different intro and some other organ parts.
DD Issue 12 and some collectors tell the story about these three alternates like this:
album release: The Box Set, 9-LP Box, Island BMSP 100, 1982 (4,02)
album release: Natty Dread, LP 1989-pressing.
cassette release: sland 56 281 GT, maybe a German release.

Lively Up Yourself (Alternate) (LP)

The alternate has some echo at the “whoooi” intro and has no female but male backing vocals similar to the take on “Caribbean Nights”.
DD Issue 12 and some collectors tell the story about these three alternates like this:
album release: The Box Set, 9-LP Box, Island BMSP 100, 1982 (5,12)
album release: Natty Dread, LP 1989-pressing.
cassette release: sland 56 281 GT, maybe a German release.


Bend Down Low (Alternate)

Previously unreleased alternate take. This take includes a flute right from the start.
Lead vocals and guitar by Bob Marley. Harmonies by Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths.
JA Tuff Gong / UK Island vinyl album release: Talking Blues (2,40)
Island CD album release: Talking Blues (2,40)
Island CD album release (Definitive Remasters): Talking Blues (2,40)

Talking Blues (Alternate)

Previously unreleased alternate take.
Lead vocals and guitar by Bob Marley. Harmonies by Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths.
JA Tuff Gong / UK Island vinyl album release: Talking Blues (4,37)
Island CD album release: Talking Blues (4,37)
Island CD album release (Definitive Remasters): Talking Blues (4,37)

Am-A-Do

Written by Bob Marley.
Previously unreleased outtake of the “Natty Dread” Sessions.
Lead vocals and guitar by Bob Marley. Harmonies by Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths.
JA Tuff Gong / UK Island vinyl album release: Talking Blues (3,06) end cut
Island CD album release, Talking Blues (3,06) end cut
Island CD album release, Talking Blues (Definitive Remasters): Talking Blues (3,20) longer
Island CD album release, Natty Dread Definitive Remasters (3,20) longer


FOOTNOTES

Distant Drums (Family Man & Knotty Roots)

Rhythm of “Love Thy Neighbour” by Vivian Jackson (Yabby You) & The Defenders. Recorded at Randy´s Studio 17. Produced by Aston Barrett.
Bunny Wailer on funde, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh on repeater drums.
First Jamaican 7-inch release: Fam´s, a-side: Distant Drums (Matrix: AB 5009-A) / b-side: Version
USA CD release: Aston Familyman Barrett – Cobra Style, Heartbeat, 1999 (3,30)

Distant Drums Version, Distant Dub (Wailers Band)

Bunny Wailer on funde, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh on repeater drums.
First Jamaican 7-inch release: Fam´s, a-side: Distant Drums / b-side: Version (Matrix: AB 5010-B)
USA CD release: Aston Familyman Barrett – Familyman In Dub, Heartbeat, 1999 (3,19)


Taj Mahal – Mo´ Roots

First Longplay release: USA Columbia KC 33051, 1974
Johnny Too Bad
Blackjack Davey
Big Mama
Cajun Waltz
Slave Driver
Why Did You Have To Desert Me?
Desperate Lover
Clara (St. Kitts Woman)
Taj Mahal at that time was a young black folk musician who was turning away from the blues and getting into newer Caribbean rhythms.
Earl “Wya” Lindo was working with Taj Mahal and had done the arrangemants for Taj´s new songs, including “Slave Driver” and “Johnny Too Bad”, originally by “The Slickers”.
This album is recorded, mixed and produced by Taj Mahal.
Aston Familyman Barrett plays ska piano on “Slave Driver”.
“Slave Driver” is remixed by Bob Marley and Aston Familyman Barrett.
“Big Mama” and “Cajun Waltz” is remixed by Taj Mahal and Aston Familyman Barrett.
At the inner sleeve this comment of the artist can be found: “If you´re looking for that tune or tunes that´ll get you off, you know, make you feel good, make you dance and sing, put some peace into your life, give your spirit some happy direction… Well, that´s what this album is about, for me, anyway, it´s been long overdue! Hail to all Rastafari throughout the whole universe, Luv, Sweet Papa Too Bad Taj”.
It was planned that Bob Marley and Aston Familyman Barrett work on Taj Mahal´s album. But when they arrived in New York in June 1974, Taj Mahal had already recorded the album, so that Taj Mahal invited them to help him remix the song “Slave Driver”. Familyman overdubbed a piano part. Fred shared another story with me that he got confirmed after long long researches and many many mails:
Bob Marley attended a Taj Mahal concert at The Bottom Line Cabaret, New York, USA, on October 17, 1974 and when asked Bob Marley got up and performed a few songs together with Taj Mahal. There is no existing recording of that performance. The day before Stevie Wonder jammed with Taj Mahal at the same place.


Footnote: Wailers – Wailers Band

Bob Marley said in an interview that “The Wailers” are Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and he himself.
In 1974 Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer left the band for solo careers.
Since these days it was not that clear who are “The Wailers” of the band “Bob Marley & The Wailers”.
In a way “The Wailers” could be understood as the band members, Aston and Carlton Barrett, Al Anderson, Tyrone Downie, Bernard Harvey, maybe some horns man like Tommy Mc Cook, Glen DaCosta and David Madden and percussionist Alvin “Seeco” Patterson. There would be a good reason to say so: Of many tracks some band members wrote some lines Bob Marley later used in a song. The arrangement or much of it is probably also the work of the band members.
Legally spoken in 2006 it was a question at a London court in how far Aston Barrett as one band member would participate in the income of the Bob Marley & The Wailers´ records he participated. The case was lost. The reason for it was the fact that all later contacts of “Bob Marley & The Wailers” were signed by Bob Marley alone. What showed that he alone was responsible for the name “Bob Marley & The Wailers”. Although the judge understood the important role of the musicians who backed Bob Marley legally they didn´t had the same position as Bob Marley in relation to Island company. What payment they had to receive for their work was object of a oral contract between Bob Marley and them. In so far the recent wish to participate at the income of Bob Marley and his heirs is understandable but has no legal foundation.
I think it is allowed to follow, that “Bob Marley & The Wailers” is understood as a band consisting of the main man Bob Marley backed by a band called at that time “The Wailers”, finally understood as the people behind Bob Marley who had some arrangements with him to play in the band. In most cases they played with Bob Marley for years. After Bob´s death some of thoese musicians played together using the name “The Wailers Band”. This website is focused in the work of the original three Wailers, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. Some – incomplete or not that detailed known – work of the band you can find inside the reggae compendium. See “Wailers”. You can also find some non-Wailers-band music inside the reggae compendium – see Barrett, Aston and see Smith, Earl “Chinna”.
Besides this some Wailers band members appear at sessions sessions with “The Sons Of Jah”. LP title is: Bankrupt Morality” (1978) and “Reggae Hit Showcase Featuring Ranking Reuben, Bunny McKenzie, Tan Tan, Negus Dawtas” (1980).
The Wailers played a session with Horace Andy for Atra Records during the “Natty Dread Sessions” of 1974. Vocal album is titled “Horace Andy & Winston Jarrett And The Wailers – Earth Must Be Hell (UK Atra LP 1001, 1988, probably first released 1974). Dub album is called “Tribute To Carly Barrett” (UK Atra, 1987). Previously released as “The Kingdom Rock” (UK RCA INTS 1487, 1974).
During the 80ies they recorded with Alpha Blondy. Album title is “Jerusalem” (CD release: 1986).
Recently I came to know about a session with “The Heptones”. Included songs would be: Jah Pon A Pinacle plus Version, Country Boy, Country Boy Part 2, Forward On A Yard, Forward Dub, Our Day Will Come, Garden Of Life plus Version , Mama Say, Mama Say Dub Plate, Mr T., Mr. T Version, I Do Love You, Revolution, Revolution Total Destruction Part 2, Cool Rasta, Cool Rasta Dub, Never Had A Dream, Dream Dub. CD title is: “Heptones Sing, The Wailers Play Riddim”. Some tracks appeared on “Cool Rasta” (Trojan CD, 2002).
And they backed Ras Michael at a song “Children Of The Universe”, releasd on the album “Lion Country”. I read the recording would be made in the late 1970s and was originally released on a 7-inch in Jamaica at the time. See Part 7 – Reggae Compendium – go to “Ras Michael”.