Catch a Fire is the fifth studio album by the reggae band The Wailers aka Bob Marley and the Wailers, released in April 1973. It was their first album released by Island Records. After finishing a tour in the United Kingdom with Johnny Nashwhere they had started laying the tracks for JAD Records when a disputed CBS contract with Danny Simms created tensions , the band did not have enough money to return to Jamaica; their road manager Brent Clarke approached producer Chris Blackwell, who agreed to advance The Wailers money for an album which they used to pay their fares back home, where they completed the recordings Catch a Fire. The album has nine songs, two of which were written and composed by Peter Tosh, the remaining seven were by Bob Marley. While Bunny Wailer is not credited as a writer, their writing style was a collective process . For the immediate follow up album “Burnin” also released in 1973 he contributed four songs. After Marley returned with the tapes to London, Blackwell reworked the tracks at Island Studios with contributions by Muscle Shoals session musician Wayne Perkins, who played guitar on three overdubbed tracks. The album had a limited original release under the name The Wailers in a sleeve depicting a Zippo lighter, designed by graphic artists Rod Dyer and Bob Weiner; subsequent releases had an alternative cover designed by John Bonis featuring an Esther Anderson portrait of Marley smoking a "spliff", and used their alternative title Bob Marley and the Wailers. The Catch a Fire Tour, which covered England and the United States, helped generate international interest in the band. Catch a Fire peaked at number 171 on the Billboard 200 and number 51 on the Billboard Black Albums charts. Critical acclaim has included the album being listed at number 126 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, second only to Legend among five Bob Marley albums on the list. It is regarded as one of the top reggae albums of all time. The group title “Bob Marley & The Wailers” being used on Bob Marley solo albums has created a lot of marketing and identity confusion for The Wailers catalog. It follows the confusion generated from their company Tuff Gong Records registered in 1973 and Tuff Gong International registered by the Bob Marley Estate in 1991 that resulted in the 1999 Tuff Gong Settlement Agreement that sought to separate the group catalog from the Bob Marley solo catalog. Catch A Fire album dual releases under both group titles is where this marketing confusion began.Wikipedia
The only Bob Marley album I had ever heard before this was the greatest hits. And I have to say this album was on par with that. A great collection of songs that are political and beautiful. I really liked this one.
What a great album. Marley has an uncanny ability to write scathing social commentary and put it to music that just feels good. There's anger and frustration here but it's mixed with enough joy to stay sweet. The result is so balanced that I find myself digesting the message without any of the jaded defensiveness that "message" albums often provoke. It's great. Marley and his Wailers were brilliant.
Not even close to my fave BMATW album but still worthy of full marks. So much political struggle coursing through this album, broken up by amazing love songs like ‘Baby we’ve got a date’ and ‘Stir It Up’. Love that Rita Marley and Marcia Griffiths are on the backing vocals of Stir it Up. Peter Tosh also deserves a notable mention. ‘Stop that Train’ is a tune. BMATW were by no means a one man band as many believe
the zippo lighter album (which you can open!)cover puts this in the same genre as TLT Scratch n Sniff EP! Love how there is a bit of R&B/Motown in a few songs (High Tide/Low Tide) - also dig Tosh's lead vocals on Stop that Train.
I think this is an underrated one by Bob. High Tide or Low Tide may be my favorite Bob Marley that no one ever talks about.
Classic album. Timeless production.
Excellent album(s). I had listened to the original 1973 a few times before. But theres a 2001 version with a different track listing. Both are extraordinary. Greasy, groovy, moody, cool. The music is tight, era defining and unparalleled as far as reggae goes anyway. The lyrics are incisive, precise, enigmatic. Very listenable and there's nothing quite like this album, even in the Wailers back catalogue. A unique, edgy, exciting album I would always always recommend.
Enjoyably relaxing vibe to this one; impressive to think it's from 1979 and must be a precursor to so much of what we currently know as reggae. Lovely lyrical content about struggles with oppression and pain, using love and light to be strong in the face of these challenges. Great smoking/relaxing/conversation tunes. Far prefer the second disc with it's more full-band sound to the stripped-back first disc. Many of the same songs gained a whole new colour and character with more players on the track.
Always love me some reggae! Bob Marley is the king of cool, the sultan of swag, the regent of relaxation. Him and his wailers are perfect for any outdoor setting or even indoor if your main objective is to relax and feel like you are close to an ocean or beach or beer.
A classic album...but not my favourite. Concrete Jungle and Stir it Up are stone cold classics and the other songs are not far behind. You can't go wrong rolling up a fat one and putting this great album on the turntable. 4.5 stars
I don't like reggae as a rule. Partially because I attach it to some potheads I knew as a kid that I never really understood. And also because I didn't have a terribly struggle-filled upbringing, so I was attracted to darker stuff - or at least stuff that wore its darkness on its sleeve. But also because reggae tends to sound very samesy to me, probably the way hip hop sounds very samesy to someone who doesn't listen to it much. That being said, this album got to me. Stir It Up is a great song.
Ok Bob Marley. As I am a New Zealander, the entire oeuvre of the Wailers are practically the national anthem of this fair country. Yet despite that, the only song I knew prior was "Stir It Up", a conception song. The album was a lot more varied and interesting then I was expecting. The side A songs that delve into slave history were particularly powerful. But there is also the side B reminder that Bob Marley was quite the rooter. I get why this album is on the list. It feels like a record that is both influential but holds up as an artwork, and also enjoyable.
Classic really. Seriously groovy baselines from “Family Man” and, even though there’s only so much you can do with reggae, the songwriting and production on this album keeps everything fresh - there are 3 or 4 proper ear worms on this album.
This is the first original album by Bob Marley and the Wailers I've heard (aside from "Legend".) While the band don't stray from their formula musically, there's some really strong material here with a broad range of emotion behind it. "Concrete Jungle" shuffles forward, with the clavichord effectively adding to a sleazy atmosphere and searing lead guitar rounding off the mix. Alluding to the slave trade and racism, the lyrical material is much more politically charged than the side of Marley's work I'd heard before. But throughout, the Wailers prioritise a laid back, mellow feel, with Marley's vocal never rising into a rasp, howl or bellow. They allow the strong social conscience of each song to play itself out, coming to the fore with lyrics like "No chains around my feet but I'm not free" and "today they say that we are free; only to be chained in poverty." It's powerful content and sadly hasn't aged a day. In contrast, the middle of the album shows the band at their most romantic: while "Baby We've Got A Date" presents the carefree joy of being in love, "Stir It Up" is the real classic. One of the band's best known songs, it is sublime: a slow burning, slow dancing beauty. Following "Stir It Up", none of the songs really lived up to those in the first half of the album, though I'm prepared to give them more time. It's an enjoyable album, particularly for a certain mood, and has made me keen to explore more of the Wailers' work.
It's 11º outside as I listen to this. This Marley album takes me to the beach for a warm respite from reality. The only song from BMs Greatest Hits whose picture hung on every college student's wall - Stir it Up is one of Bob's better known songs and pairs well with the rest of the album. It's nice to hear some Bob Marley I'm unfamiliar with. 4/5
How do these crazy talent-vortices spontaneously form? A bunch of kids get together and shortly are defining some swath of a major genre. And then again tragedy is so often looming over it, and is that some dark part of it. It’s a bad old world.
Robert réussit l'exploit de nous servir un album de Bob Marley ne contenant aucun tube. C'est déjà difficile d'écouter du reggae, alors quand il s'agit d'un projet dont on a rien de particulier à attendre, c'est carrément l'enfer.
Favourite songs- High Tide or Low Tide, Stir it Up
I loved this. I love Bob Marley and the Wailers. This is a classic. Something I will listen to again.
I liked this album a lot, surprisingly. The music itself sounded so rich and beautiful. I found it easy to relate and empathize with what they were talking about. All around just a really chill yet moving album.
love it - the production is so clear and songs are so upbeat and stirring.
Better than the colonizers want you to know.
Classic. Always love to listen to Marley
One of my personal favorite albums of all time. Can’t wait to re listen.
One of my all time favorites
Me ha encantado, con ritmo y tranquilas para trabajar.
Fantastically classic. Bob and Pete have incredible songwriting synergy. Very great.
Mellow and easy to listen to
So many classic songs on one album. And then you think of all the ones that aren't on it.
Excellent album. Not sure if it's the best Bob Marley album. If it isn't, I'll give that album 5 stars too. 9/10
Loved this. Listened twice in the sun. So much vibes.
muito show of ball amigao
Love Bob. Good music for cruising or hanging out on the beach. High Tide or Low Tide is probably my favorite.
Amazing reggae album. Bob Marley is a legend, no doubt.
Best one yet.
Great album. I don't listen to a lot of reggae, but I could definitely appreciate this one.
- surprising variety of beat / melody - genuinely making me smile - lots of solid songs, this one is going into the rotation
Concrete Jungle and Stop That Train are solid Bob hits, even if they arent the cultural juggernaut that some of his other songs are. Stir It Up is in that pantheon of greatest grooves ever conceived. Midnight Ravers kicks ass.
High tide or low tide was always one of my favorites.
An absolute classic album. Defines reggae for me. 4.75 🌟
Un dels millors discos de reggae de la història. He escoltat la versió jamaïcana, no la més comercial publicada el seu dia. Té un toc més chill, més laidback que encara fa més justícia a les cançons. De tant escoltar-les algunes han perdut una petita part de la seva força, i fer-ho un 27 de desembre (2021) sembla contradir l'esperit del disc, però encara en aquestes condicions continua sent un 5 estrelles
All time great!
This is our Hogmanay listening! I really enjoyed this and have added it to my playlist. I can’t believe I’ve never listened to it before.
Very fun to listen to this while getting ready for a New Year's Celebration. It's somehow both upbeat and relaxing. Stir It Up will always be one of my favorite songs of all time.
When it comes to reggae, you can't be Bob Marley. Right from the first notes to the end of the album this record rocks. The bass lines and rhythms are infectious and the guitar solos have real feeling, as does the singing. This album also has Peter Tosh, another great talent who died too young.
Love it….saw him live 1979 Honolulu(got pics)…just great feel good music with a message..
very pretty and cool
Oooohh. Ótima pedida!!!
Classic album. Great songs -goes way beyond its genre and probably one of the best albums ever made.
Great vibe music
Good stuff. Jsuis pas fan de reggae, d'ailleurs je préfère sa période "rock steady" encore avant 1974, mais ça passe crême.
Amazing album. Reggae by the master.
Bob Marley feels like home.
My favorite Bob Marley and the Wailers album.
Though my favorite Wailers album is probably "African Herbsman," this and "Burnin'" are really well recorded and have such a rich and spacious sound. An incredibly talented group. I only wish they could've lasted longer together. The Beatles of Reggae.
this album is too good to rate Bob Marley has gotta be on of my favorite musicians and listening to the deluxe version of this amazing album should make him one of your favorites too I actually enjoyed the jamaican versions more than the originals with my favorite probably being No More Trouble (Jamaican Version) like they really just made a song (an album, really) that slaps as hard as modern hip-hop way back in the early 70’s
As good a reggae record as I've ever heard. The Tosh songs are faves among almost uniformly excellent tracks. Nothing not to like here.
Классика жанра. Ямайская версия альбома просто супер!
Marley/the Wailers have better albums, but this is still a great collection. Musically it's just so rich and soulful. The mixture of the personal and the political is always interesting in the band's work. They always give you food for thought, delivered so sweetly. Although I prefer political Marley to love songs Marley,, "Stir It Up" is just one of the loveliest songs I've ever heard. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite, "released album"): No More Trouble, Midnight Ravers, Stir It Up, Kinky Reggae, Concrete Jungle, Slave Driver, 400 Years, Stop That Train, Baby We've Got a Date (Rock It Baby)
Bob Marley is love
I'd never listened to a Bob Marley album, and I'm glad my first was this one. What a glorious, gorgeous record. I'm going to play it every morning of my vacation next week. Added with pleasure.
First 5 star, great listen
Great classic reggae from Bob Marley and the Wailers. Every track is a great example of reggae.
Super chill. Not boring.
Solid Bob album - maybe his best
Me gusta mucho el reggae y Bob Marley es una leyenda por una razón.
Bob Marley, nothing else to say. Legend
Un disco increible, como todos los que grabó Marley, sin dudas hay que escucharlo antes de morir!
Top tier stuff
I love it! short and beautiful - except for the obvious, I especially enjoyed the guitar playing throughout the album, with interesting chord progressions. Will definitely play this one more often. 4.5/5
Peter Tosh's songs stand out along with "High Tide Or Low Tide" on the expanded version.
Album is solid, with a number of standouts. "Stir it Up" is a top 2 Bob Marley & The Wailers song.
Another first listen to a Bob album. Another 5*s for a Bob album
Just supremely chilled and groovy. I was surprised to find this was as late as Bob Marley's fifth album - other than Stir it Up, I didn't recognise any of the tracks. But Bob Marley does what Bob Marley is best at, making awesome reggae
Bob Marley goes hard. Some of these are really good others are mid.
Reggae on a rainy day is a vibe
Hard to go wrong with Marley. Probably his best work
Escapist reggae. Reminds me of far away places.
I've not heard it before
Reggae is good music for me if I'm in a mood to or already am relaxed. Today is not that day. Still, the album is pretty great. 4 stars.
Classic good times vibes
Not heard this before but really enjoyed it.
Only ever heard the live hits. This is amazing.
The first reggae album that we have on the list. It’s an instant classic from Bob Marley and his band. The bass on this record is is pretty prominent and I like it a lot. I don’t think this is my favorite Bob record but I do like it. Favorite song: Stir It Up Least favorite song: Stop That Train
- yeah this is nice
Dope. Haha get it like.....like weed...cause it’s Bob Marley...... Haha
Accidentally listened to the version of the album with the Jamaican mixes and the Original mixes. I can say the originals are better, and that it gets better on the second listen when you can sing along with Bob and the Wailers. Stir It Up is so damn catchy, and I don't even care that reggae is the same percussion for each song.
Fine for what it is, got bored, everything kinda sounded the same
Classic Bob Marley
Know a whole lot of these already the others sound similar. Hard to identify with this and not feel like a bit phony but I like it.
You gotta be in the right mood, but when you are, it’s magical.
Album starts off incredibly strong. Concrete Jungle is 🔥. Guitar is more present than I would have typically thought with a reggae album. Great harmonies throughout. First six are great, a little soft in the middle. Standouts are- Concrete Jungle, Slave Driver, Stop that Train, Stir it Up, and Hight Tide or Low Tide
Dug it enought. Probably not my jam but pretty top notch if you're into reggae.
Fun record, never listened to it before.
Vraiment bon. Du reggae a l'état pure! Cet album est maintenant mon préféré de Bob Marley and the Wailers après avoir écouté au moins 1000 fois Legend. 4.5
A really cool album. Great lyrics, good songwriting, nice grooves.
good vibey album. will listen to again
7/10 no es mi género uwu
Nice and chilled
Pierwsze zderzenie z albumikiem zarowno reggaeowym jak i marleyowo wailersowym, chyba dobry material na poczatek, bo jest to tez pierwsza plyta ktora zawierala tylko swieze studyjne kompozycje, a nie wydane juz wczesniej single, nagrywany tez w ciekawych okolicznosciach, bo po poczatkowych sukcesach wailersy i bob mieli pograc w europie, ale zostali wystawieni w uk bez kasy, pozwolenia na podjecie pracy, bo to juz dziesiec lat po odzyskaniu niepodleglosci spod jarzma krolowej, wiec jak przystalo na grajkow obiecali zyski z next projektu w zamian za pozyczke pozwalajaca na exodus z uk, byl to juz drugi exodus w karierze bandy, bo pierwszy byl z slamsow trenchtown, stad wlasnie wywodzi sie orginalna banda no i nazwa zalobna ktora postanowili przybrac, wiec po powrocie do kingston powstal catch a fire, ktory stal sie poczatkiem miedzynarodowej slawy wokalisty, ikony gatunku oraz z jednej z najbardziej rozpoznawalnych osobistosci kultury jamajskiej, jak dla mnie reggae czerpie mocno z czarnego funku lamanego przez r&b oraz jazzowania, a cecha charakterystyczna jest sekcja gitarek rytmicznych, ktore stanowia wlasnie o tym, ze jest to odrebny gatunek, ktory slyszysz juz z daleka, przynajmniej na tym albumiku, nie mozna takze zapomniec o wokalach wspierajacych, czy tez badz chorkach ktore robia robote, ale jedynie w wersji jamajskiej, bo albumik posiada dwie wersje, tak jak ostatnio popowy material, orginalny mix nagrany w kingston zostal odrzucony i dopiero wersja overdubowania przeszla jako ta ktora sie sprzeda, a oryginalna wersja zostala wydana dopiero w 1995, na spotifaju mozna znalezc wlasnie te wersje, pierwszy cdek jamajski, a drugi "orginalny" z 73, jest to wersja deluxowa z 2k01, a o czym sie spiewa po reggowemu, motywem przewodnim jest bieda, sprzeciw niewolnictwu i jakimkolwiek formom ucisku, pojawiaja sie takze motywy biblijne, bo rasta to dosc religijni ludzie, no i oczywiscie kawalki typowe milosne tez sie pojawiaja, jednym z nich jest stir it up, ktory laduje na plejce dopowej razem z stop that train, ciekawy albumik, zwlaszcza wersja jamajska, nagrywana na jednym traku bez overduba tworzy klimat livowy
A classy album. More varied than I'd imagined. Not massively my style of music, but held my attention and really enjoyed listening to it.
one of a handful of genuine mavericks gone before their time
Very much enjoyed the Bob Marley. Already a fan
First time Marley album listener 👋 made for a very nice afternoon playing Fifa with the sun peaking through the windows. Fabulous way to spend a day
I have always liked Bob Marley and The Wailers. Bob always sings of love and goodness and I like that.
The reggae album
I really enjoyed this. Listened three times. Great, diverse tunes.
Excellent album and worth the entrance fee for Stir It Up and Concrete Jungle alone.
Early Bob is best Bob
Good solid kinky reggae
Everyone likes Bob Marley.
Album was pretty fire honestly, big fan of the Jamaican versions, especially of Concrete Jungle. Will listen to again for the vibes.
Excellent vibes, Marley really lives up to the legend
Bob Marley and the Wailers continued to cement themselves as a force with this album. Notably, Peter Tosh takes the lead on several tracks.
przyjemne regage ale beaty te same w kolko
It's Bob. Always welcome!
Good. Has some great versions of his classics and some deeper cuts, I do love his grittier more raw stuff. If I was going to pick up a Marley album this one would probably be the one I would aim for.
I love a lot of Bob Marley and The Wailer's music. Their music is what introduced me to reggae and was music I grew up with. Overall, it was a pretty solid album My favourite songs from this album are Slave Driver, Stir It Up and Kinky Reggae. 4/5 stars just bc some of the songs were not that great in my opinion
Not the most famous of his songs, but good background music
I really like a bit of Bob. This album felt a bit more relaxed though - none of the classics I really know.
anti-anxiety, good bass/keys, chill
Who doesn't like Bob Marley. Highlights: Stir It Up, High Tide Or Low Tide
As ever, an enjoyable experience. Was thinking it was fairly average, then stir it up came on and made me very happy!
Great listen. Raggae is not really my thing, but this was very easy to listen to.
Goood vibes, first reggae album i listened to. Very enjoyable
A smooth introduction to reggae
Great reggae! Classic album.
While this isn't necessarily my favorite genre, which this is like a precursor to Raggae. (I think) it's not something I'd normally listen to in the background. It's definitely a feeling, and has so much life in it. Maybe if I rolled a joint the size of a hogs leg and had a couch to melt into, I'd probably enjoy it more. But eitherway, blitzed out of my mind or not. It's a solid piece of art work.
Nice mood setter for morning drive time
Can't deny it's great
Much love to Bob & crew always
not my thing usually but really liked it!
Really enjoyed this. Feel like there are more depths to be discovered on what was a nice and easy listen in first pass.
ну по началу неплохо, а потом однообразно, как будто луп не заканчивается. Хотя местами приятный луп
Nice relaxing music
Classic album, although not his best work imho. Nevertheless I always love to listen to Marley.
I had never heard the majority of these songs. All good stuff!
Worth it for Stir it Up alone.
Reggae's kinda growing on me
Bon album de Bob Marley. Beaucoup de tounes que je connaissais pas, mais aucune de mauvaise.
Vjerujem da je zato što mi paše baš danas ovaj album sjela fina četvorka. TOP 5 Bobova: 5. spongeBOB; 4. Bob Rock; 3. Bob Ross; 2. Bob Marley; 1. Bob Dylan
Most of what I have listened to from Bob Marley has come from compilation / best of albums. This was a new album for me, with only a couple of songs that were familiar ("Stir It Up" <-- a classic, "Kinky Reggae"). I like Bob Marley. I liked the album. I might listen to this album again sometime.
A little slice of sunshine on a chilly London day.
"Catch a fire" is such a great dismissal. Why hasn't that phrase caught on? I'm going to start using it. Best track: Concrete Jungle
Unlike the last "reggae" album that we got on here, this one is actually reggae. And it's good. Very good. And I will listen to it again.
Bob Marley is one of those artists that I could listen to endlessly, no matter the mood or scenario. Not sure this is the best album by Bob Marley & The Wailers, but also, there wasn't any tracks I didn't enjoy. Giving it a solid 4/5.
I didn't listen to the re-released tracks, just the original (disc 2). Classic reggae, and really good message if you listen closely.
I liked the sound, but would not listen to it on my own.
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Really nice. A classic. Glad I got to hear some deeper bob marley cuts
Pretty good pretty pretty good
Good background music for when friends are over
The perfect antidote to this morning's dark freezing January temperatures. I wish I was lounging on a beach in the sun. Concrete Jungle, Baby We've Got A Date, and of course, Stir it Up are the top tracks for me.
What a great debut! Really cool sound on this album that's different compared to what you usually hear in the big hits. More of an edge to some of them, more raw. Quite the start to a legendary career.
The best of this album IMO: - Concrete Jungle - Slave Driver - Baby We've Got A Date (Rock it Baby) - Stir It Up - Kinky Reggae - No More Trouble Any Bob Marley &The Wailers album is historical. I like when they're letting the music breathe, when they're just jamming out just like in Stir It Up. 4.4/5
Love Bob Marley
How am I just learning that there is so much more Bob Marley material than I previously knew? I just assumed there were only two or three albums before he died and most of those songs are on the "best of" and other compilation albums. But on this album there is only one song (Stir It Up) that I remember hearing before. It was really good. 4 stars.
Really enjoyed a new type of music. It was interesting to listen to the foundation of what was to come from Bob. Upbeat with some meaningful lyrics
Some big hits but some songs new to me, very chilled and enjoyable.
2/9/22 This album has a time and place and that’s on the beach. Hard to think I’ll listen to the whole album again unless I am on a beach, but I enjoyed it for the style it is. Definitely good vibes. The album gets better the second time you hear it! Favorite song: Stir it up and High Tide or Low Tide and No More Trouble
Good album that gets better the more you listen to it. I don’t personally listen to a ton of reggae but I definitely vibed with the whole album as it grooved along. Favorite is probably High Tide Low Tide.
Not a bad listen - my favorite song was "High Tide or Low Tide". 7/10.
I found this quite beautiful. Reggae is a genre I don't have much experience with, but Bob Marley has always been pretty darn good to me. Very accessible and very enjoyable.
I was in the right mood for this.
There's a lot of easy skankin going on here.
This one takes me back.