Classic Albums: Bob Marley and the Wailers - Catch a Fire

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Bob Marley's first professional album, Catch a Fire, introduced an enthusiastic international audience to reggae music. In this documentary, the principal collaborators on Catch a Fire recount how the album and its music were created. Featuring an in-depth interview with Wailer percussionist and vocalist Bunny Wailer, as well as archival interviews with Marley and Wailer musician, singer, and composer Peter Tosh ("Peter Mackintosh" on the album), the documentary reveals that Catch a Fire was conceived as a ...
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Overview

Bob Marley's first professional album, Catch a Fire, introduced an enthusiastic international audience to reggae music. In this documentary, the principal collaborators on Catch a Fire recount how the album and its music were created. Featuring an in-depth interview with Wailer percussionist and vocalist Bunny Wailer, as well as archival interviews with Marley and Wailer musician, singer, and composer Peter Tosh ("Peter Mackintosh" on the album), the documentary reveals that Catch a Fire was conceived as a crossover record. Traveling to London with the eight-track tapes they had recorded in Jamaica, Marley and his band polished the recordings in Basing Street Studios, where they got advice and supervision from Island Records' honcho Chris Blackwell. White American session players like keyboard player John 'Rabbit' Bundrick and guitarist Wayne Perkins were brought in to sweeten the sound with overdubs intended to please an international audience. Rare home movies of the Wailers in Jamaica, and performance material of tracks like "Stir It Up," "Stop That Train," and "Kinky Reggae" round out the documentary.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Sharon Steinbach
The Wailers, featuring reggae music legends Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, and Peter Tosh, with drummer Carlton Barrett and Aston Barrett on bass, became the most important band in reggae history with their 1973 Island Records debut, Catch a Fire. Bob Marley and the Wailers Catch a Fire traces the genesis of this landmark album, from the original tapes recorded in Jamaica to overdub sessions in London, and details the band's attempt to establish a radio-friendly sound for mainstream rock fans. This documentary contains archival interviews with Marley and Tosh, comments by Island founder Chris Blackwell, Marley's wife Rita, Tosh's wife Marlene Brown, music critic Richard Williams, and many of the musicians who played on the album. It also includes rare home movies and vintage performance highlights of classics "Stir It Up," "Stop That Train," "Kinky Reggae," "Slave Driver," and more. Catch a Fire is an enlightening reminder of Marley's timeless musical legacy.
Barnes & Noble - Sharon Steinbach
The Wailers, featuring reggae music legends Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, and Peter Tosh, with drummer Carlton Barrett and Aston Barrett on bass, became the most important band in reggae history with their 1973 Island Records debut, Catch a Fire. Bob Marley and the Wailers Catch a Fire traces the genesis of this landmark album, from the original tapes recorded in Jamaica to overdub sessions in London, and details the band's attempt to establish a radio-friendly sound for mainstream rock fans. This documentary contains archival interviews with Marley and Tosh, comments by Island founder Chris Blackwell, Marley's wife Rita, Tosh's wife Marlene Brown, music critic Richard Williams, and many of the musicians who played on the album. It also includes rare home movies and vintage performance highlights of classics "Stir It Up," "Stop That Train," "Kinky Reggae," "Slave Driver," and more. Catch a Fire is an enlightening reminder of Marley's timeless musical legacy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/3/2006
  • UPC: 801213016693
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: Eagle Rock Ent
  • Region Code: 14
  • Language: English
  • Time: 60:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 34,980

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Marley Interviewee
Bunny Wailer Interviewee
Technical Credits
Jeremy Marre Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bob Marley and the Wailers: Catch a Fire
1. Slave Driver [2:29]
2. In London [2:40]
3. Stir It Up [6:34]
4. Slave Driver [5:49]
5. Rock It Baby [7:59]
6. Stop That Train [2:02]
7. High Tide Low Tide [6:00]
8. Original 'Catch a Fire' Session [4:00]
9. Kinky Reggae [3:30]
10. Concrete Jungle [8:47]
11. Midnight Ravers [1:10]
12. Rave Tour Video [8:06]
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