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listen  3. High Tide Or Low Tide (Jamaican Version)Bob Marley 4:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. Baby We've Got A Date (Rock It Baby) (Jamaican Version)The Wailers 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Midnight Ravers (Jamaican Version)The Wailers 5:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  2. Slave Driver (Original Album Version)Bob Marley 2:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. 400 Years (Original Album Version)Bob Marley 2:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Stop That Train (Original Album Version)Bob Marley 3:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Baby We've Got A Date (Rock It Baby) (Original Album Version)Bob Marley 3:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Stir It Up (Original Album Version)Bob Marley 5:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Kinky Reggae (Original Album Version)Bob Marley 3:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. No More Trouble (Original Album Version)Bob Marley 4:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 27, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1972
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000059ZT4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,497 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 TRACKS: 1) Concrete Jungle (unreleased Jamaican version) 2) Stir It Up (unreleased Jamaican version) 3) High Tide Or Low Tide (unreleased Jamaican version) 4) Stop That Train (unreleased Jamaican version) 5) 400 Years (unreleased Jamaican version) 6) Baby We've Got A Date (Rock It Baby) (unreleased Jamaican version) 7) Midnight Ravers (unreleased Jamaican version) 8) All Day All Night (unreleased Jamaican version) 9) Slave Driver (unreleased Jamaican version) 10) Kinky Reggae (unreleased Jamaican version) 11) No More Trouble (unreleased Jamaican version) 12) Concrete Jungle 13) Slave Driver 14) 400 Years 15) Stop That Train 16) Baby We've Got A Date (Rock It Baby) 17) Stir It Up 18) Kinky Reggae 19) No more Trouble 20) Midnight Ravers

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With this, his major-label debut, Bob Marley not only became an international superstar, so did reggae itself. The world of music would never be the same after the burning, classic tracks of "Stir It Up," "Slave Driver," and "Concrete Jungle." Everything about this 1973 platter is seminal--Marley's lyrics are political, but never preaching; there's not a dud track on the entire disc; the accompaniment of Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston is unbeatable; and while this is classic reggae, it never sounds clichéd. This is, quite simply, as timeless as music gets. With great packaging, this deluxe edition gathers the original album and the unreleased Jamaican version. The Jamaican disc features a different mastering and sequence, and two additional tracks that show Marley's softer side--"Hide Tide or Low Tide" and "All Day All Night." --Jason Verlinde

Customer Reviews

They hardly turned "Catch A Fire" into a mainstream rock album.
Patrick W. Schubert
Every track is great, and is the greatest album I think Bob Marley & the Wailers ever put out.
Josh Routhier
Recommended for the reggae fan looking for something good to listen to.
Justin Allen

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89 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Ron Frankl on April 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Universal Music, the mega-company that seems to have eaten and digested dozens of other labels, has issued an expanded and remastered versions of the landmark reggae album "Catch A Fire" by the Wailers. While the music has never sounded better, there are some significant and fundamental problems with this release.
Except perhaps for the soundtrack album to the film "The Harder They Come," the Wailers' "Catch A Fire" (1973) was the first reggae album that most listeners outside of Jamaica ever heard. The group had been together in some form for a decade and had enjoyed a long series of Jamaican hit singles. They had also moved easily from r&b to ska before becoming one of the earliest reggae acts. Although Bob Marley wrote and sang most of the songs, it was by no means his band. Peter Tosh also was a major contributor, and Marley, Tosh and Bunny Livingston (a/k/a Bunny Wailer) had been bandmates from the beginning, and their vocal blend was striking and beautiful.
Island Records' founder and president Chris Blackwell had long followed the Jamaican music scene. When he heard the powerful results of the Wailers' '72 sessions he was ready to spring reggae on the rest of the world. Between this decision and the music's actual release, though, Blackwell got cold feet, and altered most of the tracks in London by judiciously and tastefully overdubbing rock keyboards, guitar and backing vocals in an apparent attempt to make the tracks more accessible to rock-oriented listeners. Whether these alterations were necessary, or even a good idea, "Catch A Fire" found an audience in England, the U.S. and elsewhere and became a modest hit.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Miami Nights on May 31, 2004
Format: Audio CD
In The Wailers' "Catch A Fire" and "Burnin'" (both released in the same year, 1973), the group released two instant classics that they never surpassed in terms of artistry, musicianship, rhythm foundation or edginess. And these two albums were also the last two that the original Wailing Wailers (Marley, Tosh, Bunny) made together.
A blend of new and old (such familiar tracks as "Concrete Jungle," "Slave Driver," "400 Years," "Stop that Train" from "Catch A Fire," and "Put It On," "Small Axe" and "Duppy Conqueror" from "Burnin'" were remakes), these albums were the Wailers first releases with the intent to reach an international, mainstream audience. Blending in some rock influences such as the guitar style, and toning down the bass and drum for more treble sounds to reach the rock audiences in Europe and America, the Wailers debut on Island label snuck up slowly on these listeners, just as the intro to "Concrete Jungle" slowly rolls in, opening the "Catch A Fire" album. There may be some lesser, lighter moments on both albums, but no songs are throwaway, no songs are filler.
Sadly, despite being full of gems and instant Wailers classics, original members Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer left to start solo careers, feeling they were in the shadow of Bob, and had their own stories to tell musically. It was more unfortunate, because Bob Marley and the Wailers (as the group became known) never surpassed the quality of these albums on later efforts. With Tosh's departure went the edgy, bassy rhythm sounds, and with both Bunny and Tosh went the delectable harmonies they provided behind Bob's lead vocals.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel R. Martin on May 31, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This deluxe edition of Bob Marley and the Wailers' debut on Island Records is an absolute gem and must have for the serious Marley fan, but casual fans beware - you might get burned.
The two CD set, consisting of the previously unreleased original Jamaican version as recorded by Bob Marley & the Wailers and the album as remixed and released by Cris Blackwell on Island Records, shows the creative musical genius of Marley - indeed, the original version is arguablly the better of the two. The liner notes, consisting of a 28 page booklet, provide all the lyrics along with an insightful essay by Richard Williams and numerous pictures. Hardcore dedicated Marley fans will love this set.
But at a price.
Casual fans on the other hand will be burned by this deluxe edition, when the single disc remastered version containing the bonus tracks High Tide or Low Tide and All Day All Night may be all you need, at about half the price. These two songs were the only two songs on the original Jamaican version that didn't make the cut to be included on the previously released album. For the life of me, I can't understand why High Tide or Low Tide was left off in the first place. This beautiful song of faith and friendship (which was previously included only on the Songs of Freedom box set)is perhaps one of my favorite Marley tunes. And it's now available on the lower priced single CD remastered version of Catch a Fire. If you pick up that single CD, you get all of the songs, just not all of the alternate versions. But that is still enough to satisfy the casual fan.
For those who must have it all, this Deluxe Edition is worthy of all five stars.
Jah Live!
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