[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="302" caption="Catch A Fire (released April 13, 1973)"][/caption] I feel confident saying that this is one of the most well-known, if not the most well-known reggae album of all time. After years of playing together and several other albums, Bob Marley & The Wailers released Catch A Fire on April 13, 1973. It was not a huge success initially, but did put Marley & The Wailers into a wider spotlight than before. I'm sure many people can say this, but Catch A Fire is an all-time favourite album of mine. The ease of reggae music is addicting - maybe because its so invigorating but also so relaxing. I love the simple grooves and the syncopated rhythms of reggae, mixed with Marley's comfortable, relaxed, and passionate voice. When I listen to Catch A Fire, I feel inspired by the positive messages and greater purpose of the band beyond making money. Track Listing Side One
- Concrete Jungle
- Slave Driver
- 400 Years
- Stop That Train
- Baby We've Got A Date (Rock It Baby)
- Stir It Up
- Kinky Reggae
- No More Trouble
- Midnight Ravers
Catch A Fire was the first studio-recorded album by Marley & The Wailers, and if you listen to the Deluxe Edition that was released in 2001, one disc is the studio album, and one is the "unreleased original Jamaican versions". Apparently, when the album was initially released, it wasn't the most popular among Jamaicans. Comparing the two discs, the original Jamaican versions are a little more free, less edited and mastered. They have a more rich sound with a little more warmth and freedom in the recordings. Both are great in their own respects, but if I was given the choice, I would choose the original Jamaican versions from the 2001 Deluxe release as opposed to the original album release.
If you haven't listened to this album, I don't know where you've been. I think everyone has listened to Bob Marley and knows (and probably loves) his music. But, if you haven't, then get your ass onto iTunes and download a copy. Or better yet, find yourself a record store and buy a vinyl copy. The sweet crackling and hum of the needle will only add to this album.