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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 (139 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 (139 customer reviews)
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88 of 93 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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37 of 43 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catch a Fire - But Don't Get Burned 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the fast shipping, item was just as described.
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Published 7 days ago by Marcelo Luccini
5.0 out of 5 stars NICE ITEM
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5.0 out of 5 stars What if Bob Marley were still here?
Another great classic. I like every song
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome
I wish to say thank you for given me this great cd I did truly love it great tribute to Bob Marley
Published 2 months ago by Angelo Pardi
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 2 months 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 3 months 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
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