Bob Marley - Catch a Fire: The Unreleased Original Jamaican Versions Plus Rare Demos and Alternates

Bob Marley

Catch a Fire: The Unreleased Original Jamaican Versions Plus Rare Demos and Alternates

September 1972

recording type: STUDIO
shn: yes; book/page: 5/53
quality rating: A

[show] (62:44)
1. Concrete Jungle (4:16)
2. Stir It Up (3:39)
3. High Tide or Low Tide (4:44)
4. Stop That Train (3:55)
5. 400 Years (3:02)
6. Baby We've Got a Date (Rock It Baby) (4:05)
7. Midnight Ravers (5:09)
8. All Day All Night (3:29)
9. Slave Driver (2:56)
10. Kinky Reggae (3:44)
11. No More Trouble (5:16)
12. Reincarnated Souls (demo - alternate 1) * (3:28)
13. One Foundation (demo - alternate) * (3:47)
14. Reincarnated Souls (demo - alternate 2) * (4:01)
15. No Sympathy (demo - alternate) * (3:12)
16. Get Up Stand Up (demo - alternate) * (3:54)

* tracks 12 thru 16 are bonus tracks from the Bob Marley Bootleg .

notes: This disc heralds the beginning of the overdue reassessment of Bob Marley & the Wailers' Island Records/Tuff Gong CD catalog and where better to begin than the beginning? Catch a Fire actually goes one better, issuing the non-overdubbed (aka "Jamaican") version of the album. Which has been previously unissued until this point. The early "Jamaican version" of Catch a Fire consists of the album as it was first delivered to Chris Blackwell - talent scout/owner/operator of Island Records. While pleased with the results, Blackwell convinced Marley & the Wailers that sonic enhancements might be in order. The "Jamaican version" was then remixed with added lead guitar work by Nashville cat Wayne Perkins, as well as various keyboards textures from John "Rabbit" Bundrick. The ironic thing is that the changes and augmentations made by the session pros ultimately suppressed the organic and otherwise uncomplicated nature of Marley & the Wailers music. This very quality became the thing that propelled Marley - and ultimately his message - globally as well as spiritually, allowing him to join the ranks of John Lennon, Bob Dylan, and Marvin Gaye. Also included on the "Jamaican version" are two additional tracks: "High Tide or Low Tide" and "All Day All Night" recorded for inclusion on the original Catch a Fire. While they have been released in various forms over the years, they have been returned to their place in the Catch a Fire running order.

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