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Released: April 30, 1976

Rating: 4.238 (average of 16 ratings)

Genre: reggae

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Positive Vibration
  2. Roots, Rock, Reggae
  3. Johnny Was
  4. Cry to Me
  5. Want More (Want More)
  6. Crazy Baldhead
  7. Who the Cap Fit
  8. Nightshift
  9. War
  10. Rat Race


sales in U.S. only ½ million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 2 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 8
peak on U.K. album chart 15


  • Johnny Was (4/76) --
  • Roots, Rock, Reggae (6/19/76) #51 US, #37 RB
  • Who the Cap Fit (11/76) --

Notes: “Cry to Me” was first recorded at Studio One in the ‘60s. “Jah Live” was added to the 2001 Japanese release. The 2002 Deluxe Edition also added “Smile Jamaica,” six alternate mixes of songs from the album, and a second disc of live material from 5/26/76.

Rastaman Vibration
Bob Marley & The Wailers
“For Bob Marley, 1975 was a triumphant year. The singer’s Natty Dread album featured one of his strongest batches of original material (the first compiled after the departure of Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer) and delivered Top 40 hit ‘No Woman No Cry.’ The follow-up Live set, a document of Marley's appearance at London's Lyceum, found the singer conquering England as well. Upon completing the tour, Marley and his band returned to Jamaica, laying down the tracks for Rastaman Vibration (1976) at legendary studios run by Harry Johnson and Joe Gibbs. At the mixing board for the sessions were Sylvan Morris and Errol Thompson, Jamaican engineers of the highest caliber” (Bush).

War…remains one of the most stunning statements of the singer's career. Though it is essentially a straight reading of one of Haile Selassie's speeches, Marley phrases the text exquisitely to fit a musical setting, a quiet intensity lying just below the surface” (Bush).

“Equally strong are the likes of Rat Race, Crazy Baldhead, and Want More. These songs are tempered by buoyant, lighthearted material like Cry to Me, Night Shift, and Positive Vibration. Not quite as strong as some of the love songs Marley would score hits with on subsequent albums, ‘Cry to Me’ still seems like an obvious choice for a single and remains underrated” (Bush).

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Previous Album: Live! At the Lyceum (live: 1975) Bob Marley’s DMDB page Next Album: Exodus (1977)

Last updated April 6, 2008.