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Bob Marley & The Wailers

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Catch a Fire was the major label debut for Bob Marley and the Wailers, and it was an international success upon its release in 1973. Although Bob Marley may have been the main voice, every member of the Wailers made valuable contributions and they were never more united in their vision and sound. All the songs were originals, and the instrumentation was minimalistic in order to bring out the passionate, often politically charged lyrics. Much of the appeal of the album lies in its sincerity and sense of purpose -- these are streetwise yet disarmingly idealistic young men who look around themselves and believe they might help change the world through music. Marley sings about the current state of urban poverty ("Concrete Jungle") and connects the present to past injustices ("Slave Driver"), but he is a not a one-trick pony. He is a versatile songwriter who also excels at singing love songs such as his classic "Stir It Up." Peter Tosh sings the lead vocal on two of his own compositions -- his powerful presence and immense talent hint that he would eventually leave for his own successful solo career. More than anything else, however, this marks the emergence of Bob Marley and the international debut of reggae music. Marley would continue to achieve great critical and commercial success during the 1970s, but Catch a Fire is one of the finest reggae albums ever. This album is essential for any music collection.
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1
Concrete Jungle (Jamaican Version)
00:04:15

Errol Brown, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marcia Griffiths, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Tosh, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rita Marley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - The Wailers, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bunny Wailer, Percussion, Bongos, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Barrett, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Lee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stu Barrett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Suha Gur, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2001 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

2
Stir It Up (Jamaican Version)
00:03:39

Errol Brown, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marcia Griffiths, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Tosh, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rita Marley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - The Wailers, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bunny Wailer, Percussion, Bongos, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Barrett, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Lee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stu Barrett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Suha Gur, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2001 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

3
High Tide Or Low Tide (Jamaican Version)
00:04:44

Errol Brown, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marcia Griffiths, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Tosh, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rita Marley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - The Wailers, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bunny Wailer, Percussion, Bongos, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Barrett, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Lee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stu Barrett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Suha Gur, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2001 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

4
Stop That Train (Jamaican Version)
00:03:54

Errol Brown, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Marcia Griffiths, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Tosh, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rita Marley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - The Wailers, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bunny Wailer, Percussion, Bongos, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Barrett, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Lee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stu Barrett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Suha Gur, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2001 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

5
400 Years (Jamaican Version)
00:03:02

Errol Brown, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Marcia Griffiths, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Tosh, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rita Marley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - The Wailers, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bunny Wailer, Percussion, Bongos, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Barrett, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Lee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stu Barrett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Suha Gur, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2001 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

6
Baby We've Got A Date (Rock It Baby) (Jamaican Version)
00:04:05

Errol Brown, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marcia Griffiths, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Tosh, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rita Marley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - The Wailers, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bunny Wailer, Percussion, Bongos, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Barrett, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Lee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stu Barrett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Suha Gur, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2001 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

7
Midnight Ravers (Jamaican Version)
00:05:08

Errol Brown, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marcia Griffiths, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Tosh, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rita Marley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - The Wailers, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bunny Wailer, Percussion, Bongos, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Barrett, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Lee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stu Barrett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Suha Gur, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2001 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

8
All Day All Night (Jamaican Version)
00:03:28

Errol Brown, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marcia Griffiths, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Tosh, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rita Marley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - The Wailers, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bunny Wailer, Percussion, Bongos, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Barrett, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Lee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stu Barrett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Suha Gur, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2001 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

9
Slave Driver (Jamaican Version)
00:02:56

Errol Brown, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marcia Griffiths, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Tosh, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rita Marley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - The Wailers, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bunny Wailer, Percussion, Bongos, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Barrett, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Lee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stu Barrett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Suha Gur, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2001 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

10
Kinky Reggae (Jamaican Version)
00:03:44

Errol Brown, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marcia Griffiths, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Tosh, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rita Marley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - The Wailers, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bunny Wailer, Percussion, Bongos, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Barrett, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Lee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stu Barrett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Suha Gur, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2001 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

11
No More Trouble (Jamaican Version)
00:05:16

Errol Brown, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marcia Griffiths, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Tosh, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rita Marley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - The Wailers, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bunny Wailer, Percussion, Bongos, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Barrett, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Lee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stu Barrett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Suha Gur, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2001 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

DISC 2

1
Concrete Jungle (Original Album Version)
00:04:14

Bob Marley, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marcia Griffiths, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Platt, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer - Wayne Perkins, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tyrone Downie, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Tosh, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rita Marley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Shakespeare, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - The Wailers, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bunny Wailer, Percussion, Bongos, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Barrett, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John "Rabbit" Bundrick, Keyboards, Organ, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Winston Wright, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Lee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stu Barrett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Karen, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Francisco Willie Pep, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1973 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Slave Driver (Original Album Version)
00:02:54

Errol Brown, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marcia Griffiths, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Platt, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer - Peter Tosh, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rita Marley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - The Wailers, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bunny Wailer, Percussion, Bongos, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Barrett, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John "Rabbit" Bundrick, Keyboards, Organ, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Winston Wright, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Lee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stu Barrett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Karen, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Francisco Willie Pep, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Suha Gur, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1973 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
400 Years (Original Album Version)
00:02:46

Errol Brown, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Marcia Griffiths, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Platt, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer - Peter Tosh, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rita Marley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - The Wailers, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bunny Wailer, Percussion, Bongos, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Barrett, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John "Rabbit" Bundrick, Keyboards, Organ, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Winston Wright, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Lee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stu Barrett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Karen, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Francisco Willie Pep, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Suha Gur, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1973 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

4
Stop That Train (Original Album Version)
00:03:56

Errol Brown, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Marcia Griffiths, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Platt, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer - Peter Tosh, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rita Marley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - The Wailers, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bunny Wailer, Percussion, Bongos, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Barrett, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John "Rabbit" Bundrick, Keyboards, Organ, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Winston Wright, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Lee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stu Barrett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Karen, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Francisco Willie Pep, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Suha Gur, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1973 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Baby We've Got A Date (Rock It Baby) (Original Album Version)
00:03:58

Bob Marley, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marcia Griffiths, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Platt, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer - Wayne Perkins, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Tosh, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rita Marley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - The Wailers, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bunny Wailer, Percussion, Bongos, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Barrett, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John "Rabbit" Bundrick, Keyboards, Organ, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Winston Wright, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Lee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stu Barrett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Karen, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Francisco Willie Pep, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1973 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Stir It Up (Original Album Version)
00:05:34

Bob Marley, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marcia Griffiths, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Platt, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer - Wayne Perkins, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tyrone Downie, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Tosh, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rita Marley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - The Wailers, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bunny Wailer, Percussion, Bongos, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Barrett, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John "Rabbit" Bundrick, Keyboards, Organ, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Winston Wright, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Lee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stu Barrett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Karen, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Francisco Willie Pep, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1973 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

7
Kinky Reggae (Original Album Version)
00:03:39

Bob Marley, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marcia Griffiths, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Platt, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer - Peter Tosh, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rita Marley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - The Wailers, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bunny Wailer, Percussion, Bongos, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Barrett, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John "Rabbit" Bundrick, Keyboards, Organ, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Winston Wright, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Lee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stu Barrett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Karen, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Francisco Willie Pep, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1973 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

8
No More Trouble (Original Album Version)
00:04:00

Bob Marley, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marcia Griffiths, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Platt, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer - Peter Tosh, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rita Marley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - The Wailers, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bunny Wailer, Percussion, Bongos, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Barrett, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John "Rabbit" Bundrick, Keyboards, Organ, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Winston Wright, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Lee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stu Barrett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Karen, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Francisco Willie Pep, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1973 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Midnight Ravers (Original Album Version)
00:05:07

Bob Marley, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marcia Griffiths, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Platt, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer - Peter Tosh, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rita Marley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - The Wailers, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bunny Wailer, Percussion, Bongos, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Barrett, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John "Rabbit" Bundrick, Keyboards, Organ, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Winston Wright, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Lee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stu Barrett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Karen, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Francisco Willie Pep, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1973 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

Album Description

Catch a Fire was the major label debut for Bob Marley and the Wailers, and it was an international success upon its release in 1973. Although Bob Marley may have been the main voice, every member of the Wailers made valuable contributions and they were never more united in their vision and sound. All the songs were originals, and the instrumentation was minimalistic in order to bring out the passionate, often politically charged lyrics. Much of the appeal of the album lies in its sincerity and sense of purpose -- these are streetwise yet disarmingly idealistic young men who look around themselves and believe they might help change the world through music. Marley sings about the current state of urban poverty ("Concrete Jungle") and connects the present to past injustices ("Slave Driver"), but he is a not a one-trick pony. He is a versatile songwriter who also excels at singing love songs such as his classic "Stir It Up." Peter Tosh sings the lead vocal on two of his own compositions -- his powerful presence and immense talent hint that he would eventually leave for his own successful solo career. More than anything else, however, this marks the emergence of Bob Marley and the international debut of reggae music. Marley would continue to achieve great critical and commercial success during the 1970s, but Catch a Fire is one of the finest reggae albums ever. This album is essential for any music collection.
© Vik Iyengar /TiVo

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