Catch A Fire

Universal-Island Records Ltd.
Release date
25 Jun 2001
Running length
11 tracks
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1 Concrete Jungle (Original Album Version) 4:12 699
2 Slave Driver (Original Album Version) 2:54 260
3 400 Years (Original Album Version) 2:47 256
4 Stop That Train (Original Album Version) 3:57 462
5 Baby We've Got A Date (Rock It Baby) (Original Album Version) 3:59 597
6 Stir It Up (Original Album Version) 5:31 2,080
7 Kinky Reggae (Original Album Version) 3:39 639
8 No More Trouble (Original Album Version) 4:00 5,083
9 Midnight Ravers (Original Album Version) 5:11 1,450
10 High Tide Or Low Tide (Jamaican Version) 4:44 1,674
11 All Day All Night (Jamaican Version) 3:29 588

About this album

Catch a Fire is the major-label-debut album for Jamaican reggae band The Wailers, released on Island Records in 1973. The album established the band as international superstars. Leader Bob Marley in particular became world-famous. The socially aware lyrics and militant tone surprised many listeners, but others were attracted to songwriters Marley and Peter Tosh’s confrontational subjects and optimistic view of a future free from oppression.

Catch a Fire peaked at #171 and #51 on Billboard’s (North America) Pop Albums and Black Albums charts respectively. It is number 123 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, the second highest placement of the four Bob Marley albums on the list.

On completion, the master tapes were taken to the UK for remixing, and Chris Blackwell enlisted the help of two US musicians - making an “English” version of the album. Wayne Perkins re-did some of the rhythm/ lead guitar, whilst John “Rabbit” Bundrick added some organ, electric piano, clavinet and synthesizer.

The first 20,000 copies of the original 1973 vinyl release, designed by graphical artists Rod Dyer and Bob Weiner, were encased in a sleeve depicting a Zippo lighter. The sleeve functioned as a real Zippo lighter case, opening at a side hinge to reveal the record within.

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