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Jimmy Cliff: Music Maker (Warner Bros. MS 2188); Bob Marley & the Wailers: Natty Dread (Island ILPS 9281)

Vernon Gibbs, Crawdaddy!, August 1975

IT HAS BEEN three years since The Harder They Come lifted reggae from obscurity to culthood and raised hopes that Jimmy Cliff would begin a long reign as an arbiter of hip Caribbean liberalism. At the same time, people noticed Bob Marley, leader and political ideologist of The Wailers, who's managed to gain a level of notoriety that threatens to cast him in the mold of a minor league Dylan.

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