Although on both versions, “stir” is pronounced as “steer” and it seems more pronounced on the hit version by Nash. The song was the first commercial success for Bob Marley outside his native Jamaica; a year after Nash’s record, Eric Clapton released another Marley tune, “I Shot the Sheriff,” and this brought Marley’s music to greater audience yet.
“Stir it Up” was one of four Marley tunes to be included on Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now” LP and was the follow-up single to the title cut. “Stir it Up” charted at #12 in the US and #13 in the UK.
One of my favorite percussion instruments - the vibra slap
The single mix which is included below is quite different from the album mix and features extra horns, vocals, guitars, and a vibra slap that are missing from the LP version. It is also mixed brighter as to have greater presence on AM car radios. Unfortunately, the single mix has been out of print for a number of years.