Catch a Fire (50th Anniversary) (Vinyl 3LP + 12")

Vinyl 3LP + 12"

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For its big 5-0 birthday, Bob Marley & The Wailers' essential fifth album Catch A Fire is getting the deluxe reissue treatment it deserves. Famously recorded in Kingston, but with numerous overdubs recorded in the UK by Island Records head Chris Blackwell, this definitive version includes the original Jamaican version of the album (hot take - it's incredible) as well as a scorching live album recorded in 1973 in London, and a bonus 12" with three exclusive live tracks on one side, and an etched artwork on the flipside. Hear huge tunes like Concrete Jungle, Stir It Up, Stop That Train, and more, as you've never heard them before. Brilliant. - Flying Out

Catch a Fire is the fifth studio album by Bob Marley and the Wailers and the first to be released by Island Records UK. The original limited release under the name The Wailers depicted a Zippo lighter in a sleeve designed by graphic artists Rod Dyer and Bob Weiner. Future releases would have the classic portrait of Marley smoking a spliff and crediting the band as Bob Marley and the Wailers with the image taken by Esther Anderson. A tour taking place in the UK and US generated international interest in the band.

Critical acclaim has included the album being listed at number 126 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It is regarded as one of the top reggae albums of all time.

The Wailers sought out freelance promoter Brent Clarke to see if he could help the band catch a fire while still in London. Clarke introduced the band to Island Records chief Chris Blackwell who agreed to front the band a meager sum to go back to Jamaica and record an album. After Clarke took his cut, the group boarded a plane to Jamaica with just £8,000 to record a full-length studio album. Sessions for the album started in early 1972, with recording taking place at three studios in Kingston, all members recording inside one room: Dynamic Sound, Harry J’s and Randy’s. Engineer Sylvan Morris recorded the sessions on an eight-track tape, which has the drum mixes on one track and piano and guitar together. In the winter of 1972, Marley flew back to London to present the master tapes. Blackwell, along with Marley and engineers Stu Barrett and Tony Platt, entered Island’s Basing Street Studios to do overdubs for the album.

LP1 features the full final studio recording, LP2 is the 10-song live album, Live From The Paris Theatre London, while LP3, entitled Sessions, features alternative, extended and instrumental Jamaican versions of the original album tracks. The additional 12”, available with the vinyl offering, features 3 classic tracks, Slave Driver, Get Up, Stand Up and Stop That Train, recorded live at the Wailer’s legendary performance at the Sundown Theatre in the village of Edmonton, North London. These historic recordings have only previously been available as a bootleg. The reverse side of the 12” has an etched image of the iconic Zippo lighter illustration.


Studio Album
1. Concrete Jungle
2. Slave Driver
3. 400 Years
4. Stop That Train
5. Baby We've Got A Date (Rock It Baby)
6. Stir It Up
7. Kinky Reggae
8. No More Trouble
9. Midnight Ravers

Paris Theatre London / 24th May 1973
1. Rastaman Chant
2. Slave Driver
3. Stop That Train
4. No More Trouble
5. 400 Years
6. Midnight Ravers
7. Stir it Up
8. Concrete Jungle
9. Get Up, Stand Up
10. Kinky Reggae

1. Slave Driver (Jamaican Extended Version)
2. 400 Years (Jamaican Extended Version)
3. High Tide Or Low Tide (Jamaican Alternate Version)
4. Stir It Up (Jamaican Alternate Version)
5. No More Trouble (Jamaican Extended Instrumental)
6. Stir It Up (Jamaican Extra Organ Version)
7. No More Trouble (Jamaican Extended Version)
8. Stop That Train (Working Mono Version)

Edmonton Sundown, May 1973
9. Slave Driver (The Sundown Theater in Edmonton, England. May, 1973) 
10. Get Up, Stand Up (The Sundown Theater in Edmonton, England. May, 1973)
11. Stop That Train (The Sundown Theater in Edmonton, England. May, 1973)


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