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Catch a Fire [Vinyl] [Special Edition]

Bob Marley, The Wailers, Bob Marley and The WailersVinyl
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (July 7, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Tuff Gong / Umgd
  • ASIN: B00004WNHC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
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87 of 91 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 41 people found the following review helpful
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Music you want to have in your collection!
This stuff is simply timeless. I like music that makes me feel good even if it makes me feel sad. Feeling good is always the only reason why I buy music, and this album does just... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Nicki
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
The music speak for it self. This is early stages of bob career so I had to get a feel of his early stuff since I'm more familiar with the older music he maid. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Wayne L. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars WAILERS album (NOT Bob Marley and the Wailers)
This album was originally released as THE WAILERS, 3 magnificient artists in their own right, the where the Beatles of Jamaica but their pushy and stupid manager deiced to call the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by </><
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Love Bob Marley, and I love vinyl...put the two together and you get a great experience pumpin from your record player.
Published 2 months ago by fryphish
5.0 out of 5 stars 4/20 2014.
this album is great.
concrete jungle is on there.
i would get this and listen.

it's great.

it really is good.
Published 2 months ago by SFNico
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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 6 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 7 months ago by Michele Marushik
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