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Catch a Fire [Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Bob Marley, The Wailers, Bob Marley and The WailersAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

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listen  3. 400 Years (Original Album Version)Bob Marley 2:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. Stir It Up (Original Album Version)Bob Marley 5:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen10. High Tide Or Low Tide (Jamaican Version)Bob Marley 4:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. All Day All Night (Jamaican Version)The Wailers 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 12, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B00005KB9T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,935 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

1973 album from the Reggae legend. The album established the band as international superstars. Leader Bob Marley in particular became world-famous. The socially aware lyrics and militant tone surprised many listeners, but others were attracted to Marley and Peter Tosh's confrontational subjects and optimistic view of a future free from oppression.

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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Reggae Classic Revisited, But Caveat Emptor 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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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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Don't you love it when a record company puts out a "Deluxe Edition" of an album (such as is the case with "Catch a Fire" some) and then six months later puts out a reissue of the same album with bonus tracks? Tacking on two extra tracks to the U.S. mix of "Catch a Fire" gives Marley fans a dilemma : the "Deluxe Edition" or this edition? I don't think Bob Marley would have approved of such corporate cynicism. I can't help but rate this CD five stars on its historical and artistic merits (even though I prefer the leaner Jamaican mix on the second disk of the "Deluxe Edition" to the organ-drenched U.S. mix), but I feel cheated neverthless.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive edition of a reggae classic March 28, 2001
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Format:Audio CD
"Catch A Fire" is one of the true classics in reggae music. In America, it was only one of two Wailers albums ever released here, and both were subjected to overdubbing that made them more appealing to a rock-oriented market. This isn't to say that these were marred albums; the overdubbing was tastefully done, and for some, they improve the album. However, this new edition does everyone a favor by including the original, raw-sounding versions of these tracks, which have a distinctly different flavor than the Bob Marley music most Americans are familiar with.
Furthermore, the remastered sound is excellent, particularly for the "dubbbed" American edition of the album, which sounds better than the previous standard release.
Besides being possibly the best album ever cut by Bob Marley & the Wailers, this now becomes a perfect introduction to reggae music, allowing us to hear it the way it was presented in its home land and abroad.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel the Vibe
This has a very original Island vibe to it, and it's no wonder mon, Bob Marley and Wailer's recorded it in 1972. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Tripp Gazzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!
I bought the Deluxe Edition for the Jamaican versions. Since it was first recorded in Jamaica and than the over dubs were done in England with Chris Blackwell. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Bryan
4.0 out of 5 stars BM Music
I really like this album. Bob Marley was unique in his music. I would recommend this to everyone. Such great hits.
Published 29 days ago by Danielle N Ofori
5.0 out of 5 stars The original Wailers
This album showcases the original Wailers at their finest. Bunny, Tosh and Bob harmonize terrifically, its like a moment in time you can't find on another Wailers album. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. Powers
2.0 out of 5 stars Supposedly New CD was scratched.
I love the music, however, when I received the CD it was scratched and skips in a certain spot. I told the shipper and he told me to use a different player. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michele Marushik
5.0 out of 5 stars 5+
Because the music is soooo good. The packaging and handling was perfectly fine, product as expected, t'all worked out fine.
Published 5 months ago by Peter Polfeldt
5.0 out of 5 stars Roots Music!
I love this album! You can hear a discernible difference between the Jamaican and US versions, but both sound great.
Published 6 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
The vinyl disk is of optimum sonorous quality. Nothing to complain on the quality nor of the delivery of the product. I recommend.
Published 7 months ago by Eduardo Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best
An excellent album in the entire Bob Marley catalog. Quite amazing with all the reggae beats and lyrical writing from Bob Marley. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Andy H.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
What can I say? I love Bob Marley. This is a really good album and I would buy them all
Published 7 months ago by Lana
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