Catch a Fire [Bonus Tracks]

Catch a Fire [Bonus Tracks]

by Bob Marley & the WailersBob Marley & the Wailers

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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The 2001 reissue of Catch a Fire is digitally remastered with fully annotated liner notes and features two bonus tracks, "High Tide or Low Tide" and "All Day All Night."

Product Details

Release Date: 06/12/2001
Label: Island
UPC: 0731454889322
catalogNumber: 548893
Rank: 31577

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Marley & the Wailers   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Bob Marley   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Rita Marley   Background Vocals
Aston Barrett   Bass Guitar
Carlton "Carly" Barrett   Drums
John "Rabbit" Bundrick   Organ,Synthesizer,Clavinet
Tyrone Downie   Organ
Marcia Griffiths   Background Vocals
Chris Karan   Percussion
Bunny Livingston   Bongos,Conga,Vocals,Background Vocals
Wayne Perkins   Guitar
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Winston Wright   Percussion
Peter McIntosh   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Francisco Willie Pep   Percussion

Technical Credits

Bob Marley   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Stan Barrett   Engineer
Chris Blackwell   Audio Production
Margaret Goldfarb   Reissue Production Coordination
Carlton Lee   Engineer
Lee "Scratch" Perry   Composer
Tony Platt   Engineer
Neville Garrick   Reissue Art
Jason Pastori   Reissue Photo Research
Jane Hitchin   Tape Research
David Lascelles   Tape Research
Zoe Roberts   Tape Research

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Catch a Fire 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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. Although the original band broke up a year or so (and one album) later when Tosh and Livingston left, Bob Marley & the Wailers were on their way to international stardom. ''Catch A Fire'' (Deluxe Edition) makes available for the first time the original unadulterated recordings from the 1972 sessions, and they are really a revelation. These versions are rawer but more powerful; its as if a sonic gauze has been removed, revealing the true nature of the music for the first time. These tracks have an immediacy that was lacking in the originally released versions, and long-time fans of Marley and the Wailers will feel as if they've stumbled upon the Holy Grail of reggae. There are also two previously unreleased songs that fans will find worth hearing and owning. The remastered version of the original album, overdubs and all, is also here and sounds better than ever. Such Marley classics as ''Concrete Jungle'' and ''Stir It Up'' still retain their appeal. Its worth noting, though, that two of the album's most powerful songs, ''400 Years'' and ''Stop That Train,'' are written and sung by Peter Tosh. Tosh was one of reggae's greatest artists, and its a shame that his reputation seems diminished largely because he was so overshadowed by badmate Marley. The major problem with this release, and one that may make you think twice about purchasing it, is that there is barely eighty minutes of music on this two-disk set, which sells for the full price of two CDs. The Wailers recorded extensively in the period before ''Catch A Fire,'' and perhaps some of those tracks (many of which are excellent) could have been licensed by Universal for inclusion here. Another option would have been dropping one of the two outtakes and fitting it all on one disk. Serious fans of Marley and the Wailers will purchase this package without a second thought, but more casual fans might do better to seek out the earlier, budget-priced CD issue of ''Catch A Fire.'' The booklet of the Deluxe Edition includes all the original artwork and some nice and rare photos, as well as song lyrics, but the essay is second-rate and disappointing. In the last few months Universal has issued such classics as ''Blind Faith'' and Marvin Gaye's ''What's Going On'' in similar ''Deluxe Editions'' at a premium price. While there was a significa
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bob Marley and The Wailers breakthrough album is just that: unpolished brilliance from start to finish. ''Concrete jungle'' is a true testament to modern day oppression; ''Slave Driver''(the song that spawned the album title)is one of the greatest songs about a prelude to an uprising; the vocals by Peter Tosh on ''400 years'' are unbelievable; ''Stir it Up'' is an all-time perfect love sing; and ''No More Trouble'' is probably one of Bob's earliest and best political stances. Music anyone can enjoy.