Album #275 – Catch A Fire

Album #275

This album was Bob Marley and The Wailers’ breakthrough. Before this album, hardly anyone had heard of them. It would set the scene for their future albums together. One striking thing that sets this album apart from The Wailers’ future albums is the absence of  Marley’s female backing singers, The I Threes. Instead, the harmonies are done mainly by Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. There are also a few songs that Peter Tosh wrote and sings lead on. Another interesting fact about this album is that Island Records founder and owner, Chris Blackwell, produced this album and he remixed the album when he returned to England to make it more commercial. In fact, the original mixes were not released until 2001, when a deluxe version of Catch A Fire was released. As for the music on this album, it is laid back and peaceful but, some of the songs, such as Slave Driver and Concrete Jungle, are very political. Some critics have called this album one of the best reggae records of all time. I agree with them 100%. It is very laid back but also very easy to listen to. I cannot say too much else about this album that has not already been said. If you really want to get into the music of Reggae and Bob Marley in particular, start with this album. You’ll be glad you did. Other highlights include: Stir It Up (this album’s biggest “hit”), Midnight Ravers and No More Trouble. Overall, I give this album 4.5 out of 5.

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