african-herbsmanAfrican 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.

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 album 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 here would later be re-recorded by Marley for his later albums. Examples are “Lively Up Yourself” (on Natty Dread), “Duppy Conqueror” (on Burnin’), and “Sun Is Shining” (on Kaya).