Catch a Fire [Bonus Tracks]

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The 2001 reissue of Catch a Fire is digitally remastered with fully annotated liner notes and features two bonus tracks, "High Tide or Low Tide" and "All Day All Night."
All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
For a majority of the world, Catch a Fire was not only the introduction to Bob Marley & the Wailers, but to reggae as well. The intimate and organic nature of the band's compositions coupled with its trademark mantra-like rhythms attracted the attention of producer and musical entrepreneur Chris Blackwell. So smitten was Blackwell that he commissioned the band to record for his primarily rock-oriented Island Records label. Although greatly ...
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Editorial Reviews

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The 2001 reissue of Catch a Fire is digitally remastered with fully annotated liner notes and features two bonus tracks, "High Tide or Low Tide" and "All Day All Night."
All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
For a majority of the world, Catch a Fire was not only the introduction to Bob Marley & the Wailers, but to reggae as well. The intimate and organic nature of the band's compositions coupled with its trademark mantra-like rhythms attracted the attention of producer and musical entrepreneur Chris Blackwell. So smitten was Blackwell that he commissioned the band to record for his primarily rock-oriented Island Records label. Although greatly encouraged by the Wailers' efforts, Blackwell was likewise cognizant of creating a fuller and more polished effort aimed specifically for the ears of the burgeoning "album rock" consumer. His idea was to "flesh out" the sonic atmosphere that supported and drove Marley and company's otherwise stark and unadorned folk songs. With the blessings of Marley and under the direction of Blackwell, sporadic instrumental augmentations were made, featuring Wayne Perkins (guitar), John "Rabbit" Bundrick (keyboards), Robbie Shakespeare (bass), and Tyrone Downie (organ). Although Catch a Fire was their international debut, Marley and fellow Wailer Peter Tosh used the medium to conjure and translate universal themes of love ("High Tide or Low Tide") and hope ("Stir It Up"), as well as the pain ("400 Years") and fear ("Slave Driver") of not only Jamaicans, but all humanity. Like Bob Dylan and John Lennon before him, Marley could project not only for his people and time, but also for those who would come before and after. The 2001 remastered version also comes with two bonus tracks that were not issued on the original LP, "High Tide or Low Tide" and "All Day All Night." Enthusiasts should also be aware of the two-disc Catch a Fire: Deluxe Edition, including the "Jamaican Version" (read: sans overdubs) of this timeless album.
All Music Guide
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. -- 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. -- Vik Iyengar
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2001
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 731454889322
  • Catalog Number: 548893
  • Sales rank: 13,203

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Marley & the Wailers Primary Artist, Track Performer
Bob Marley Indexed Contributor, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Rita Marley Background Vocals
Aston Barrett Bass Guitar
Carlton "Carly" Barrett Drums
John "Rabbit" Bundrick Organ, Synthesizer, Clavinet
Tyrone Downie Organ
Marcia Griffiths Background Vocals
Chris Karan Percussion
Bunny Livingston Bongos, Conga, Vocals, Background Vocals
Wayne Perkins Guitar
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Winston Wright Percussion
Peter McIntosh Organ, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Francisco Willie Pep Percussion
Technical Credits
Bob Marley Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Stan Barrett Engineer
Chris Blackwell Audio Production
Margaret Goldfarb Reissue Production Coordination
Ted Jensen Mastering
Carlton Lee Engineer
Lee "Scratch" Perry Composer
Tony Platt Engineer
Neville Garrick Reissue Art
Jason Pastori Reissue Photo Research
Jane Hitchin Tape Research
David Lascelles Tape Research
Zoe Roberts Tape Research
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Major Label Debut

    It is a great start on a new label famous for such artists such as Cat Stevens, Elton John, and U2 to get Bob Marley and the Wailers on Island Records. This is Reggae at is finest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You can't go wrong with this album

    A certain individual brought this album back to my attention which led me to dust this off and played it over the weekend. Plus I also saw a special on Marley in one of the music channels so I guess it was meant to be. It's really hard to imagine a time when reggae was not part of the cultural currency. Though Bob Marley and the Wailers cannot be said to have invented the style, they certainly brought it to the world stage, and this album was the torch that lit the way. "Catch a Fire" hit with the force of a revelation when it was released in 1973, and though Chris Blackwell tailored its sound with a rock audience in mind, the album was still unlike anything that had ever come down the pike. Ironically, even given its relatively full production and electric guitar solos, "Catch a Fire" sounds more organic and rootsy than any of the Wailers' subsequent releases. While the percolating rhythms and burbling bass lines of the Barrett brothers, and the sweet, impeccable harmonies of Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer soothe and move, "Catch a Fire" also introduces the conscious, politically minded themes that would remain at the centre of Marley's songwriting for the rest of his career. "Concrete Jungle", one of the towering standout tracks, addresses the trap of inner cities, while "Slave Driver" and "400 Years" take on racial/historical issues. Yet Marley's penchant for striking love songs is evident here too on his all-time classic "Stir It Up". This version has been digitally remastered which means that the sound quality is better but the music speeded up a little which may, or may not, please you... The tunes are varied and some such as 'Stir It Up' may be more recognizable to the more commercial listener yet there are several tracks here that haven't gained as much commercial success despite their classic sound. 'Kinky Reggae' and 'No More Trouble' become instant classics when you listen to this CD and the rest are all presented in the harmonious style that Bob Marley & The Wailers are renowned for. Even after everything that followed, and the cult of idolatry that formed around Marley, this remains soulful, message-driven music that goes straight to the blood. Utterly essential. Though I have both version there equally exceptional in there own sound. For those seeking a more original style "or should I say original recording..." may do well to try and hunt down those Bob Marley albums that have not been digitally remastered where as those who prefer these fresher productions, and all those who want an introduction to the great reggae singer and his trusty support should look no further.....

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