Catch a Fire

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All Music Guide - Vik Iyengar
Catch a Fire was the major label debut for Bob Marley and the Wailers, and it was an international success upon its release in 1973. Although Bob Marley may have been the main voice, every member of the Wailers made valuable contributions and they were never more united in their vision and sound. All the songs were originals, and the instrumentation was minimalistic in order to bring out the passionate, often politically charged lyrics. Much of the appeal of the album lies in its sincerity and sense of purpose -- these are streetwise yet disarmingly idealistic young men who look around themselves and believe they might help change the world through music. Marley sings about...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Vik Iyengar
Catch a Fire was the major label debut for Bob Marley and the Wailers, and it was an international success upon its release in 1973. Although Bob Marley may have been the main voice, every member of the Wailers made valuable contributions and they were never more united in their vision and sound. All the songs were originals, and the instrumentation was minimalistic in order to bring out the passionate, often politically charged lyrics. Much of the appeal of the album lies in its sincerity and sense of purpose -- these are streetwise yet disarmingly idealistic young men who look around themselves and believe they might help change the world through music. Marley sings about the current state of urban poverty ("Concrete Jungle") and connects the present to past injustices ("Slave Driver"), but he is a not a one-trick pony. He is a versatile songwriter who also excels at singing love songs such as his classic "Stir It Up." Peter Tosh sings the lead vocal on two of his own compositions -- his powerful presence and immense talent hint that he would eventually leave for his own successful solo career. More than anything else, however, this marks the emergence of Bob Marley and the international debut of reggae music. Marley would continue to achieve great critical and commercial success during the 1970s, but Catch a Fire is one of the finest reggae albums ever. This album is essential for any music collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/7/2009
  • Label: Tuff Gong / Umgd
  • UPC: 042284620116
  • Catalog Number: 846201
  • Sales rank: 13,985

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Concrete Jungle - Bob Marley (4:13)
  2. 2 Slave Driver (2:53)
  3. 3 400 Years - Bob Marley (2:45)
  4. 4 Stop That Train (3:55)
  5. 5 Baby We've Got a Date (Rock It Baby) - Bob Marley (3:57)
  6. 6 Stir It Up - Bob Marley (5:32)
  7. 7 Kinky Reggae - Bob Marley (3:37)
  8. 8 No More Trouble (3:57)
  9. 9 Midnight Ravers - Bob Marley (5:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Marley & the Wailers Primary Artist
Bob Marley Indexed Contributor, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Aston Barrett Bass, Bass Guitar
Carlton "Carly" Barrett Drums
Bunny Livingston Bongos, Conga, Vocals
Bunny Wailer Bongos, Conga, Vocals
Peter MacKintosh Organ, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Technical Credits
Bob Marley Producer
Chris Blackwell Producer
Carlton Lee Engineer
Tony Platt Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IRON LIKE A LION IN ZION

    Bob Marley and The Wailers breakthrough album is just that: unpolished brilliance from start to finish. ''Concrete jungle'' is a true testament to modern day oppression; ''Slave Driver''(the song that spawned the album title)is one of the greatest songs about a prelude to an uprising; the vocals by Peter Tosh on ''400 years'' are unbelievable; ''Stir it Up'' is an all-time perfect love sing; and ''No More Trouble'' is probably one of Bob's earliest and best political stances. Music anyone can enjoy.

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