29/01/2021: “Satisfy My Soul” by Bob Marley

Out of a long and distinguished body of work, this remains one of Bob Marley’s most enduring songs.

It’s obvious from the lyrics that the track is derived from ‘Don’t Rock My Boat’, from Soul Revolution, released 1971.

The recording here is rich, with crisp horns and a tight bassline, as opposed to the rawer, perhaps more soulful original.

But what the newer version does have is a spiritually soothing easiness. It’s like sonic vicks, clearing bad vibes with every note.

The song appears on 1978’s Kaya, Bob’s 10th studio album. Even the title track of that LP is also from Soul Revolution, but I love both the clean, mellow update, and the original gritty roots standard.

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