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Editors’ Notes

Bob Marley was already a hardened veteran of the Jamaican music scene by the time that Catch a Fire saw international release in the spring of 1973. He had recorded low-slung New Orleans style R&B with Leslie Kong, soaring Rocksteady with Coxsone Dodd and adventurous, uncompromising Roots music with the inimitable Lee Perry. Had his career ended in 1972 Marley would still be one of the pre-eminent figures in Jamaican music, but the release of Catch a Fire, one of the first internationally distributed Roots records, set Marley on the path to global superstardom and changed the general public’s conception of reggae forever. While singers like John Holt Desmond Dekker and The Heptones’ Leroy Sibbles had achieved commercial success in the UK and, to a lesser extent, in America with their lovelorn Rocksteady balladry and rowdily picturesque gunman anthems, Marley’s Catch a Fire was unique for its strident political stance and unadorned Roots textures. From the plaintive ghetto reportage of “Concrete Jungle” to the sufferers’ manifesto “400 Years,” Marley, along with fellow Wailers Bunny Marley and Peter Tosh, gives us a street level view of Kingston life with his stunning melodic sensibility and deft lyricism. While Marley would go on to even greater success with his next few releases, Catch a Fire provided a blueprint for his future triumphs, and remains one of the most revelatory Jamaican albums ever recorded.

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How Am I the First person to write a review for this?

How am I, humble old me, the first person to review this album? Its absurd. I mean, this is the original wailers -- Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer -- all at their very best, working together for one last time. (As if I even gotta tell you, the other two, Bunny and Tosh, are also giants in their own rights, gorgeous singers and songwriters, too!) This is the album that made Marley THE reggae star, and made reggae a worldwide phenomenon. The controversial rock influences give power the message and music, not dillute it. Check out the steel guitar solo in "Baby we Got a Date," on par with anything pouring out of Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here. Or the reckless solo in the middle of Conrete Jungle. Its all to say, there is no reason why any earthling should not own Catch A Fire.

One of the best from Bob and the Wailers

Catch a Fire and Talkin' Blues....the two Bob albums I would reccomend to anyone who only owns Legend.

FIRE STILL BURNINIG

Instant classic concrete jungle one of the best songs ever!!!

Biography

Formed: 1963

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Following leader Bob Marley's death from cancer on May 11, 1981, the Wailers Band struggled nearly a decade for direction, hampered from releasing their own music by a Gordian knot of legal entanglements. Anchored by world-class bassist Family Man Barrett and his drummer brother Carlton (who was murdered by gunmen hired by his wife in April 1987), the Wailers Band performed well-received international tours almost constantly through the '80s. Lead guitarist Junior Murvin bravely handled most of the...
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  • Genres: Reggae, Music, Roots Reggae, World
  • Released: Jun 12, 2001

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