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Classic Albums: Bob Marley and the Wailers - Catch a Fire (2006)

Bunny Wailer , Bob Marley  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bunny Wailer, Bob Marley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 2006
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I5XD0G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,886 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Wailers, featuring the legendary Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, became the most influential band in the history of Reggae music. Catch A Fire, their first Island album released in 1973, introduced them to an international rock audience.

Here the principal figures in the creation of Catch A Fire tell the story of how this record was designed to Â"cross-overÂ". The program features a unique interview and performance with Bunny Wailer, rare archive interviews with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, and contributions in words and music from many of those who performed on the record, like bass players Family Man Barrett, Robbie Shakespeare and BobÂ’s wife Rita Marley.

Featuring rare home movies of The Wailers in Jamaica, previously unseen footage, and unique performances of many album tracks such as Stir It Up, Stop That Train and Kinky Reggae, this is a documentary that will endlessly fascinate the viewer and is both a genuine tribute to a great supergroup and an insight into a true reggae Classic Album.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Documentary! July 16, 2000
Having already seen the "The Grateful Dead:From Anthem to Beauty" episode of the "Classic Albums" series I knew what to expect from this DVD. This series is about retracing history, and documenting the process of creating the classic albums of the past 30 years before the creators pass from the earth and their words are lost forever. Short on "features" that we've been spoiled with on other DVDs , on the surface this is a straight forward 60 min. doc on the making of the "Catch A Fire" album by The Wailers. The strength of this production, and in fact the whole series, is that the producers went to Jamaica and London to interview the people who wrote, recorded, engineered, produced and played on this seminal album. Recent interviews with Bunny Wailer, Rita Marley, Chris Blackwell, and surviving members of the Wailers live and studio bands are very insightful. Add to that the fact that the DVD features archival interviews with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. These further deepen the viewer's understanding of their musical and social philosophies and how it was expressed in their music. Through all of these people you get a very complete picture of the commercial, religious, social, and economic pressures on the band to bring the message of Reggae Music from the Third world to the First. Finally, the highlight of the disc has to be the rare and some never-seen-before footage of the original Wailers live in England in the early '70's. You finally see Bob, Bunny and Peter sing those amazing harmonies live which,IMHO, has more impact now because NOBODY sings their own harmonies live anymore without some sort of pre-recorded assistance. Read more ›
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful DOCUMENTARY May 11, 2001
One in the continuing series by Rhino called "Classic Albums," this documentary of the Wailers' classic lp "Catch a Fire" will serve as a perfect compliment to the recently issued 2 cd set of "Catch a Fire" which contains the original Jamaican version of the lp.
For me personally, the reason to get the dvd is not Marley himself- there are many documentaries and concerts of Marley on the market that can be had- but the interviews with Bunny Wailer and the late, great Peter Tosh, as well as the vintage footage of the 3 original (and only, in my book) Wailers in concert. As one frustrated reviewer pointed out, there are not whole performances by the Wailers on this dvd- snipets abound within the context of the documentary. While to fans of Tosh, in particular, this is a shame, the dvd IS a documentary, and not live performances, so the lack of complete footage needs to be taken in stride.
What the dvd DOES offer, however, are wonderful anecdotes from Bunny Wailer, (including a solo rendition of "Slave Driver" that is riviting) Alston "Family Man" Barrett, Rita Marley, Chris Blackwell, guitarist wayne Perkins, and keyboardist Rabbit Bundrick, on the making of the lp. Archival interviews with Tosh and Marley add the perspectives of the lp's 2 main catalysts. As with all the Rhino dvds, the work given to this dvd is top rate, with the interviews backed by examples, live performances by many of the key players on the lp, and scenes of Chris Blackwell rolling the master acetates in his recording studio to break down what was happening on certain tracks.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Insight May 14, 2002
This is a wonderful video for anyone interested in the technical aspects of the creation of a classic album, and the efforts of the production team to translate a "new" musical style to the masses. With a strong focus on the music-- especially the drum and bass-- and indispensible interviews with the original Wailers as well as the session musicians who contributed to the album. Bass Players will love the priceless interviews with "Family Man" Barrett and Robbie Shakespeare. This is not a concert video, but a great look behind the scenes at the making of a breakthrough record, including a track-by-track breakdown of some of the original studio tapes. Highly recommended for musicians. May bore the heck out of non-musicaians.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for true Marley/Wailers fans April 23, 2005
I just finished watching this fine documentary. (Picked it up for only $4.99 in a bargain bin!) The content is priceless - interviews with Bob Marley, Rita Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer are quite rare. The interviews with Chris Blackwell, the recording engineers and studio musicians from Jamaica, England and U.S. who helped to produce the groundbreaking album "Catch A Fire" are enlightening. I've been a Marley fan for 30 years and I learned a lot from watching this DVD. It illustrates, in a somewhat disjointed fashion, the Jamaican culture that gave birth to reggae music and it's ambassadors to the world, The Wailers, while recording the development of "Catch A Fire" which brought reggae to mainstream British and American rock fans. Marley fans owe a great deal to Chris Blackwell and Island records. I attended Bob Marley's last concert in America in 1981. Every week, it seems, I see another young kid wearing a Bob Marley T-shirt. Whether you're an old Marley fan or a young one, there is plenty in this DVD for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by ss
5.0 out of 5 stars I am so very pleased with this dvd and I loved it so inspirational ...
I am so very pleased with this dvd and I loved it so inspirational a true dedication to Bob Marley
Published 5 months ago by Angelo Pardi
5.0 out of 5 stars bob marley fan
I enjoyed his albums and movie. this one is a great one to get if you like to see how they made the album.
Published 7 months ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
4.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
Excellent overview of Bob Marley's biography and music. I loved seeing and hearing his contemporaries talk about him. Worthwhile purchase.
Published 9 months ago by Charlotte Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Marley and the Wailers-Catch a Fire
The quality is good and clean. There's clips not seen on other movies or interviews. Plus, I love the songs on this album.
Published 20 months ago by claire
3.0 out of 5 stars Half satisfied
Hi. I was not totally satisfied with the dvd for, it didn't reflect the details given about the product. I ordered it because of STIR IT UP. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Bob
4.0 out of 5 stars insightful
it gives a third eye from 'Marley; and 'Legend Created.' funny how so much is in the eyes of the beholder.
Published 21 months ago by peter kjaer
5.0 out of 5 stars Reggae Insights
I wasn't that familiar with Bob Marley, or reggae music in general... As a matter of fact I'd go as far as to say I disliked the entire genre of music. Read more
Published on March 5, 2010 by Analiese De Saw
5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary on the making of a classic album from Bob
Great documentary. Explains all the details of recording with Bob Marley. The sessions as well as the musicians all give details on how Bob tailored this classic. Read more
Published on August 6, 2008 by G. Foreman
2.0 out of 5 stars Only For Collectors
This dvd is nothing but interviews, many of them repeated on the second disc, with 30 second clips of live Marley perfomances here and there. Read more
Published on May 30, 2008 by Jambi
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