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Bob Marley & The Wailers – ‘Catch A Fire’

  • Release date: April 13, 1973
  • Label: Tuff Gong, Island
  • Catalog #: MR001
May 30, 1980 at Hallenstadion – Zurich, CH – Photo by Peter Murphy

A Cornerstone of Reggae

This album endures as an iconic cornerstone for reggae music and saw Bob Marley and The Wailers step up into mainstream consciousness. The fifth album from the band and their first for Island Records, it was released in April 1973. They’d been touring and recording across the UK with Johnny Nash, who left them all high and dry when he took off to the states and left The Wailers without enough money to fly home to Jamaica. Stranded, they spoke to producer Chris Blackwell who advanced them money for an album and paid for their journey back to Jamaica where they recorded ‘Catch A Fire’. Peter Tosh wrote two of the original nine tracks on the record and the rest was Bob Marley’s work. Marley took the album back to Chris in the UK who reworked the production and added Muscle Shoals session musician Wayne Perkins for two guitar overdubs.

This is an extremely influentual album, rated as one of the most important of all time. It includes ‘Stir It Up’, ‘Kinky Reggae’ and ‘Concrete Jungle’.

June 1, 1980 at Open Air Music Festival – Munich, DE – BM&W open for Fleetwood Mac