Rolling Stone - 12/11/03, p.136Ranked #182
in Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time"
Q - 9/01, p.1354 stars out of 5
- "...Marley gearing himself for the big push and 'Them Belly Full' was his first great oppression song..."
Down Beat - 12/01, p.884 stars out of 5
NME (Magazine) - 10/2/93, p.29Ranked #78
in NME's list of the 'Greatest Albums Of All Time.'
Bob Marley & The Wailers: Bob Marley (vocals, guitar); Al Anderson (guitar); Touter (piano, organ); Aston "Family Man" Barrett (bass); Carlton "Carly" Barrett (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel includes: Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt (background vocals).
Reissue producers: Bill Levenson, Maxine Stowe.
Recorded at Harry J Studios, Kingston, Jamaica and Island Studios, Hammersmith, England.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Bob Marley (vocals); Al Yasha Anderson (guitar); Touter (piano, organ); Aston Barrett (bass guitar); Carlton "Carly" Barrett (drums, percussion); I-Threes (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Sidney Bucknor.
Recording information: Harry J. Studios, Kingston, Jamaica; Harry Jay's Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamaica; Island Studios, Hammersmith, England.
Photographers: Adrian Boot; Dennis Morris .
Out on his own following the defection of Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh, this album saw Marley utilizing the talents of the I-Threes for the first time. There was still a nod to his past in the inclusion of a cover version of a Wailers tune, "Lively Up Yourself," but elsewhere he revelled in his new found freedom, on "Revolution" and most particularly, "No Woman, No Cry," which has practically become a Jamaican national anthem since its release. If that song had an instantly universal appeal, Rasta themes were also brilliantly conveyed via "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)" and "Rebel Music (Three O'Clock Roadblock)." Marley had announced himself as one of the greats of modern music.