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RITA MARLEY - WHO FEELS IT KNOWS IT
When they replaced the original harmony vocals in the Wailers as the I-Three's in what would become Bob Marley And The Wailers,  the three sistren were already strong singers on an individual basis.

When 1981 brought us the passing away of Bob Marley, the I-three's had to further their solo carriers. But also before that, the three sistren had been releasing solo-albums.

Rita Marley's "Who Feels It Knows It" is such an album. It is a very special album, as it has obviously been created with the same sense for perfection that marks all Bob Marley's albums.

Backing vocals are one of (Reggae) music's secrets. They are actually among the most difficult disciplines in the skill of singing. Most of the time, backing vocals are in the back of the mix, and so the talents are not often noticed for what they are.

Who Feels It Knows It makes up that injustice. Listening to the album will reveal the talented voice of Rita Marley as she rides from one riddim to the next. And she does so, with the same skill as the musical works recorded by the musicians.

Ten massive tracks, most are extremely danceable and many of them devotional to the Creator.  There's a wide variety of vibes and styles, all recorded in a near-perfect play. And so, this is kind of a special album as every track has reasons to be considered outstanding.

The album produced a world hit with the skanking "One Draw", while devotionals like "Thank You Jah" and "Good Morning Jah" will definitely appeal to the souls of those that are devotional to Jah themselves. 

There's a couple of lover's tunes ("I'm Still Waiting", "Play, Play"), something that vaguely resembles a ballad ("Easy Sailing"), and than we even haven't reviewed all titles.

The band, needless to say, contains a healthy number of members of the Wailers, but Sly and Robbie also contribute with some nice Drum and Bass Lines. The recordings, done in Tuff Gong, are in excellent quality, even for today's standards.

Who Feels It, Knows It!

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