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Catch A Fire Box set, Double CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (26 Mar. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Double CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000059ZT4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,605 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Product Description

BOB MARLEY Catch A Fire - Deluxe Edition (2002 UK 20-track Deluxe Edition 2-CD album set Marleys classic 1973 major label debut including the original unreleased Jamaican versions which were shorn of the overdubs added to make the recordmore palatable to a US/European audience presented in fold-out digipak sleeve [replicating the original Zippo lighter artwork] with extensive booklet housed in SEALEDclear plastic slipcase with rice paper insert - this copy is inas new condition)

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Released in early 1973, this album was the Wailers first for Island records. Recorded in a very short period of time, in which tension was already beginning to show between Bob & Peter.
In my opinion this is still their best work, raw, fresh and uninhibited. Standout tracks include Concrete Jungle, Stir it up and Slave Driver but their are no bad tracks.
The familier 'Wailing Wailers' sound is here to enjoy with the classic bouncy reggae rhythems. For me a classic album of a classic period of time were reggae would reach heights never before accomplished.
JAH RASTAFARI!
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Best price is here, because this marvellous double-act sells at a much higher price retail in other countries. Even at around 20 quid in Hong Kong its still worth every cent and penny. The re-master of the one you know and love sounds great to me. But what you really do need to buy is the original Jamaican release, remastered here with the original running order and two tracks removed for release elsewhere. Everyone will have their favourite comparison to draw. For me its "Stop That Train", now cut back to the Jamaican studio version and blows me away. The new track 3 "High Tide Or Low Tide" is a beautiful tribute to the mainstream black music the Wailers must have been listening to on their radio, is my guess. Chris Blackwell, in the also-superb "Classic Albums in Rock History" documentary, agrees this is a wonderful song but not what he wanted for the non-Jamaican release. Why the second new song - track 8 - didn't make Blackwell's cut is more of a mystery. Perhaps the harmonies were just a little too sweet, even though he used a fair amount of saccahrine in the overdubbs in London. "All Day All Night" however is another perfectly-welcome driving mid-tempo reggae beat. "The Feel" as various people on the documentary call it. Even if you are not a die-hard Marley/Wailers fan, this Jamaican version is an absolute gem that you should own. Every so often you may revert to the western release to check, but you'll be right back to Kingston afterwards.
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If your up for a taste of Bob like you've never heard him before this is it. It was his first album with Island Records and probably his best. With Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer still in the band they created a master piece, it sounds more raw and simple than the later Marley albums with some beautiful male harmonys. The opening song 'Concrete jungle' is probably my favourte Marley tune ever with an awesome intro and beautiful groove throughout along with one of the best guitar solo's of all time.
High tide or low tide is the most under appreciated Marley song ever. Its soooo nice it deserves to be a world wide sing along and should have been on legend. The rest of the album is amazing, never over produced and always tasteful. A MUST have for any Marley fan, reggae fan or human being.
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The languid, mid-tempo Stir It Up was always the track that got to me from this seminal reggae album, when it was first released in 1973. It still does, and so do all the other memorable songs. Baby, We've Git A Date is again Marley in romantic mood, while 400 Years and Stop That Train are by Peter Tosh, both sadly no longer with us. What a loss, but what a legacy.
There is a spareness to this Island debut that makes for a refreshingly uncluttered sound and texture, quite unlike some of their earlier Trojan releases or later Island ones. {In fact, each of their wonderful records has its own atmosphere, from the sun-filled optimism of Exodus to the mystical, more haunting feel of Kaya ~ along with this, my favourites of all their albums.}
No one sounded quite like Bob & the Wailers, and it's been one of the joys of my life rediscovering their music on CD. This is a terrific remaster of not only the original LP but also the same songs {plus two others} recorded earlier in Jamaica, which are even more basic yet no less wondrous, and so good to have. All in impeccable sound.
Bob, Bunny, Peter, Aston, Carlton ~ one of the world's tightest, funkiest and best bands.

Utterly essential.
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This is how all reissues should be done! A superb package consisting of a newly remastered CD of Bob Marley's groundbreaking Catch A Fire album, along with a previously unreleased version of the album recorded in Jamaica before Bob Marley and The Wailers re-recorded the album for Island Records, and all housed in a deluxe slipcase which replicates the original Zippo lighter LP sleeve. Like the packaging, the sound is also first-rate and it seems like a decent remastering job has been done here. The unreleased version of the album does not have the slick production of the later version but has a certain quality that was not captured for the re-recording. This is a must-have for casual or avid Marley fans alike.
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I don't know what grabs you most about CATCH A FIRE, the first studio album that Bob Marley and The Wailers made for Chris Blackwell's Island Records in 1973.

Was it the stripped-down, simple chords that ran through the album? Was it the choir-like harmonies and barely noticeable synthesizers that adorned this low key collection that makes it a painless, listening pleasure?

The original album was entitled, The Wailers: Catch A Fire and the graphics department decided to have some fun and create an album cover from the old, gun-metal cigarette lighters that was popular in the 50's & 60's. They were able to meet the initial printing of 20,000 copies before they discovered that it was not logistically possible to do so both financially and productively. But an even bigger problem was just beyond the horizon when Chris Blackwell decided that he need to have a name and face attached to the group. It was a music-industry practice that proved to be a bane and a boom if the group became a success. It was something no one was ever able to convince Peter Tosh of.

The original album is collection of 8 songs that cover the broad gambit of reggae themes such as protest songs, love songs and the celebratory pan-African themes. But, like every Bob Marley album and especially what makes Bob Marley's albums different from every other reggae album is that his songs go beyond--way beyond--the simple obligatory homage to reggae loyalist. His songs strike to the heart of what's universal. That's why when we hear a Bob Marley song or we sing a Marley song or ever see a picture of him, the themes that he so eloquently chanted comes rushing back to our present consciousness.
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