African Herbsman

African Herbsman is a compilation of the Wailers songs, released by Trojan Records in 1973, shortly after their major-label debut album Catch a Fire had been released by Island Records.

African Herbsman
Compilation album by
ReleasedJuly 1973 (1973-07)
GenreEarly Reggae
ProducerLee Perry
The Wailers chronology
Catch a Fire
African Herbsman
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[1]

The compilation is the UK equivalent of the Jamaican album Soul Revolution, with the songs "Memphis" and "Duppy Conqueror" replaced by several other tracks from the period. Most of the added tracks are non-album singles from the period, but it also includes "400 Years" from the album Soul Rebels.

African Herbsman is a collection of some of the songs that the Wailers recorded in Jamaica together with producer Lee Perry from 1970 to 1971, before they received international recognition. Included are also two of the group's self-productions, "Trenchtown Rock" and "Lively Up Yourself", that both had been big hits in Jamaica.

Several of the songs included would later be re-recorded by Marley for his later albums; examples are "Lively Up Yourself" (on Natty Dread), "Duppy Conqueror", "Put It On" and "Small Axe" (on Burnin'), and "Sun Is Shining" (on Kaya).

Track listingEdit

Original album (1973)Edit

All tracks written by Bob Marley, unless noted.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Original releaseLength
1."Lively Up Yourself"Bob MarleyNon-album single (1971)2:53
2."Small Axe"MarleyNon-album single (1970)3:54
3."Duppy Conqueror"MarleySoul Revolution (1971)3:44
4."Trenchtown Rock"MarleyNon-album single (1971)2:57
5."African Herbsman"Richie HavensSoul Revolution (1971)2:24
6."Keep on Moving"Lee Perry, Curtis Mayfield, MarleySoul Revolution (1971)3:09
7."Fussing and Fighting"MarleySoul Revolution (1971)2:28
8."Stand Alone"MarleySoul Revolution (1971)2:12
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Original releaseLength
9."All in One" (medley pt.1) ("Bend Down Low" / "Nice Time" / "One Love" /
"Simmer Down" / "It Hurts to Be Alone" / "Lonesome Feelings" /
"Love and Affection" / "Put It On" / "Duppy Conqueror")
Neville Livingston, MarleyNon-album single (1971)3:36
10."Don't Rock the Boat"MarleySoul Revolution (1971)4:33
11."Put it On"MarleySoul Revolution (1971)3:33
12."Sun Is Shining"MarleySoul Revolution (1971)2:15
13."Kaya"MarleySoul Revolution (1971)2:39
14."Riding High"Neville Livingston, Cole PorterSoul Revolution (1971)2:44
15."Brain Washing"MarleySoul Revolution (1971)2:38
16."400 Years"Peter ToshSoul Rebels (1970)2:32

Trojan Records reissue (2003)Edit

Bonus tracks cat# 06076-80399-2[2]
No.TitleWriter(s)Original releaseLength
17."Memphis" (The Upsetters dub version)Chuck BerrySoul Revolution (1971)2:09
18."Live" ("Lively Up Yourself" version)Tommy McCookNon-album single (1971)2:51
19."More Axe"Bob MarleyNon-album single (1970)2:31
20."the Axe Man" ("Small Axe" version)The UpsettersNon-album single (1970)2:47
21."Zig Zag" ("Duppy Conqueror" version)The UpsettersNon-album single (1970)2:58
22."Grooving Kingston 12" ("Trenchtown Rock" version)Bob Marley and the WailersNon-album single (1971)2:56
23."Moving Version" (DJ Big Youth version)Lee Perry, Curtis Mayfield, Bob MarleyNon-album single (1971)2:58
24."Keep on Skanking"Bob MarleyNon-album single (1974)3:21
25."Copasetic:" ("All in One" version) ("Bend Down Low" / "Nice Time" /
"One Love" / "Simmer Down" / "It Hurts to be Alone" / "Lonesome Feeling")
The UpsettersNon-album single (1971)3:05
26."Kaya" (version 2)Bob Marley and the WailersNon-album single (1971)2:41