Bob Marley & the Wailers

Natural Mystic

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Arguably one of Marley’s greatest songs, “Natural Mystic” has an almost hymnal quality to it – everything about the song is ethereal and inspired. Never has Perry been so understated in his production, using the simplest, tribal rhythms to magnificent effect. Marley’s lyric rises to the challenge, and the opening “There’s a natural mystic blowing through the years” is certainly one of Reggae’s most poetic and potent images. Although the lyrics are vague, they’re no less effective than, say, Dylan’s ”Blowing In The Wind” and “Natural Mystic” has become one of Bob Marley’s signature songs, and one of his greatest artistic achievements.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Soul Shakedown 1969 Blumountain Records 5:41
Exodus 1977 Island / Universal Distribution 3:27
Countryman 1982
Various Artists
Mango 3:30
No Image 1983
Various Artists
Media Records
Songs of Freedom 1992 Island / PolyGram 3:28
Reggae Fever 1994 Madacy 2:25
You Got to Lively up Yourself 1995 Public Music 5:43
Land of Look Behind 1995
Various Artists
Rhapsody Films 3:21
Collector's Edition 1996 Double Play Records 5:42
The Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers [Excelsior] 1997 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 5:37
Reggae's Best 1998
Various Artists
M.I.L. Multimedia 5:41
Bob Marley and the Wailers [Platinum Disc 3 CD] 1999 Platinum Disc 5:46
Works of Jah: The Best of Reggae 2001
Various Artists
Orange Street 5:41
One Love: The Very Best Of 2001 Universal International 3:30
Trench Town Rock [Box Set] 2001 Snapper / Charly Records 5:44
Works of Jah Reggae 2001
Various Artists
Park South Records / Town Sound 5:41
The Best of the Early Years 2001 Sanctuary 5:40
Wailing Wailing 2001 Starburst Recordings 5:42
Trenchtown Rock: The Anthology 1969-78 2002 Sanctuary / Trojan 5:42
Exodus/Survival/Confrontation 2003 Universal International 3:27
Gold 2005 Island 3:29
The Essential Bob Marley and the Wailers 2005 Trojan / Sanctuary 5:42
Trilogy [Music Brokers] 2006 Music Brokers 5:41
The Upsetter Selection: A Lee Perry Jukebox 2007 Sanctuary / Trojan 0:00
Remixed & Unmixed 2007 Music Brokers 5:38
Bob Marley [WHE International] 2009 5:42
Reggae with Soul: Roots of Bob Marley & the Wailers 2010 Music Club Deluxe 5:43
Live Forever: The Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh 2011 Island / Tuff Gong 4:40
Roots of a Legend 2011 Fontana / Sanctuary / Sanctuary Fontana 5:41
The Lee Perry Sessions 2012 Allegro Corporation / Music Avenue 5:12
Keep Calm & Feel the Reggae
Various Artists
Music Brokers 5:37
Reggae Fever, Vol. 2 Madacy 5:42