Bob Marley

Don't Rock My Boat

Composed by Bob Marley

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Another classic song with a long history, The Wailers initially recorded "Don't Rock My Boat" in 1968, in an early reggae style. The sharp guitar riff is to the fore, along with Jackie Jackson's rumbling bass line, while Winston Wright showboats his way across the melody line with his bubbly organ.

The group self-produced and self-released this number, and as was typical during this time, the single rocked the sound systems, but not the charts.

Thus, when the group linked up with Lee Perry, they resurrected the number, where it soon appeared on their 1971 Soul Revolution album. This time around, Perry created a stripped back, percussion driven backing for the song, and coaxed a much more soulful performance out of Marley.

Not satisfied with that, the producer created an entirely new arrangement based around the melody. It was a much dubbier version filled with dread atmospheres and with new lyrics delivered in close harmony, the song was unleashed under the title "Satisfy My Soul".

For the Kaya album, The Wailers retained the "Satisfy" title, but the lyrics and breezy arrangement harkened back to the original 1968 version. Every version has something to recommend it and its partisan supporters, the beauty of recycling songs means you truly can please all of the people at some point in time.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Reggae 1992 Special Music Company / Excelsior Recordings 4:31
The Burning Reggae Soul 1993 Pair 4:31
Island Fever 1995 St. Clair / Prime Cuts 4:30
Bob Marley & the Wailers [Tristar] 1995 TriStar Music
Saga, Vol. 2 1995 Forlane
All the Hits/Return to Dunn's River Falls/Natural Mystic 1996 JA Music (Jamaican Authentic Clas.) / Peter Pan (ISP) 4:31
Golden Hits, Vol. 2 1996 ITC Masters / Intercontinental Records 4:28
Stop That Train 1996 DBK Works 4:30
Reggae Hits, Vol. 2 1997 Galaxy Music 4:28
Bob Marley Box Set 1997 Wagram Roots 4:30
The Best of Bob Marley [Madacy Box] 1997 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:20
The Complete Bob Marley & the Wailers 1967-1972, Pt. 1 1998 Jad 2:32
Bob Marley Story 1998 Hughes Leisure Group 4:25
Reggae Classics [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:59
Best of Bob Marley [Madacy 1998] 1998 Power Hits 4:20
Try Me 1999 Sound Dimension 4:16
Sun Is Shining [Trojan] 1999 Castle Pulse 4:35
The Roots of a Legend [Charly] 1999 Trojan
Soon Come 1999 Greycliff Music
Complete Soul Rebels & Upsetter Record Shop 1999 Culture Press 4:21
Bob Marley & Friends 1999 Recall (UK) 4:30
Natural Mystic [Avid 1] 1999 Avid 4:29
Mellow Mood [Exceed] 1999 Exceed
Reggae Legend [St. Clair] 2000 St. Clair 4:30
Put It On 2000 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 4:27
No Image 2000 Delt1 / Delta 1 4:16
Plenty of Reggae 2000
Various Artists
Legacy 4:25
Very Best of the Early Years: 1968-1974 2000 Music Club International Records 4:33
Original Dub 2000 Delta Distribution 4:16
Reggae Fever [Legacy] 2001
Various Artists
Legacy 4:31
Corner Stone 2001 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 4:28
Collectors Box 2001 Import 4:28
The Trenchtown Box 2001 Dressed To Kill 4:26
National Geographic: Destination Caribbean 2001
Various Artists
Sugo 4:19
Trench Town Box [Disc 4] 2001 Dressed To Kill 4:26
Rastaman 2002 Magnum 4:25
Rebel's Hop 2002 X5 Music Group 4:31
The Bob Marley Collection [2002] 2002 Time Music 4:30
Reggae Ruler 2003 Direct Source Special 4:33
42 Great Performances 2003 Prism Entertainment 4:31
Jamaica Joint Jump 2003 Universe / Universe 4:30
Forever Gold [2003] 2003 St. Clair 4:30
Reggae Hits [United Multi Vmi] 2003 United Multimedia / United Audio Entertainment 4:30
Reggae Roots [Direct Source] 2003
Various Artists
United Multi Consign 4:29
Most Famous Hits [Box] 2003 Surprise 3:32
Most Famous Hits [Disc 2] 2003 Surprise 3:32
Trenchtown Rock 2004 Direct Source / Direct Source Special 4:33
Pure Original Hits, Vol. 2 2004 EMI Music Distribution
Inspiration 2004 Performance 4:16
The Best of Bob Marley [Madacy 2004] 2004 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:29
The Reggae King 2004 Tim 4:33
20 Best of Bob Marley 2004 Madacy 4:29
Timeless Classics 2004 St. Clair 4:33
The Platinum Collection 2004 Direct Source 4:29
Reggae Legend: Golden Legends 2004 St. Clair 4:30
One Love & More Bob Marley Favorites 2005 CD Baby / Tropical Music, Inc. 3:14
Best of Reggae [EMI] 2005
Various Artists
Phantom Import Distribution
Sun Is Shining 2005 X5 4:31
Legends: Bob Marley 2005 Direct Source / Direct Source Special 4:29
The World of Bob Marley 2005 ZYX Music 4:25
Keep On Skanking 2005 Atom / Atom Records, LLC 2:52
Off the Pitch [Bonus Track] 2005 3D
No Image 2005 Solid Gold Records / Union Square 4:34
Legacy 2005 Music Digital 4:15
No Image 2005 GP Serie / Musicpro 4:33
Bob Marley [Direct Source] 2006 Direct Source 4:30
The Collection [Joan] 2006 Brilliant / Joan 2:48
Golden Legends [Madacy 2006] 2006 Madacy 4:28
Natural Mystic [2006] 2006 Avid Jazz / West End Records
Best of Bob Marley [Direct Source] 2006 Direct Source 4:30
Bob Marley Story (1967-1972) 2006 Universal International 2:33
Cherished Classics 2006 Cherished Classics 4:31
Bob Marley Icon 2006 Universal Distribution
Soul Shakedown Party [2006] 2006 Ground Floor 4:28
No Image 2006 Goldenlane 4:33
The Essential Collection [Red Box] 2006 The Red Box
The Reggaeton Mixes 2006 Cleopatra 3:34
Reggae Style 2006
Various Artists
ZYX Music 4:18
No Image 2006 Avid 4:28
Forever Bob Marley 2006 Madacy 4:27
The Best of Bob Marley: Keep on Moving 2006 Luxury Multimedia 4:24
Ultimate Collection 2007 Red Box 4:26
Springtime Anthology 2007 3D
Reggae Son 2007 KRB Music 4:29
Bob Marley Remixed 2007 BHP Music 7:36
Best of Bob Marley [Luxury 3 CD] 2007 Phantom Records (England) / Luxury Multimedia 4:24
Silver Collection 2007 Universal Distribution 2:33
The Legend 2007 GP Serie 4:33
Bob Marley [United Multi License] 2007 United Audio Entertainment / United Multi License
Reggae Legends 2008 Trojan 4:35
Natural Mystic [WG] 2008 Platinum C / WG Productions
Lee "Scratch" Perry Masters 2009 Cleopatra
100 Reggae & Ska Hits 2011
Various Artists
Goldenlane 4:38
Bob Marley & Friends 2012 Basic Records
Reggae Roots 2012
Various Artists
AAO Music 4:29
A Celebration 2013 AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 4:30
Island Mystic 2014 United Audio Entertainment 4:30
No Image X5 4:31
Best of Bob Marley: The King of Reggae Wagram 4:29
Grandes del Rock
Various Artists
Alpen
Hit-Song Album ZYX / ZYX Music 4:30
No Image San Juan Ltd. 4:31
Reggae Roots Juke Box Hits
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 4:32
No Image Vista 4:30
No Image San Juan Ltd. 4:31
Vol. 1: All the Hits LM
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