Catch A Fire: Deluxe Edition

Catch A Fire: Deluxe Edition

title: The Wailers - Catch A Fire: Deluxe Edition

release date: March 27, 2001

special features/track list: an expanded 2-disc edition, including the original, previously unreleased, version of the album recorded in Jamaica in September 1972, including two songs, "High Tide Or Low Tide" and "All Day All Night" on the first disc, as well as a remastered version of the remixed and overdubbed U.K. album, originally released in 1973 on the second disc

1. Concrete Jungle
2. Stir It Up
3. High Tide Or Low Tide
4. Stop That Train
5. 400 Years
6. Baby We've Got A Date (Rock It Baby)
7. Midnight Ravers
8. All Day All Night
9. Slave Driver
10. No More Trouble
11. Kinky Reggae
1. Concrete Jungle
2. Slave Driver
3. 400 Years
4. Stop That Train
5. Baby We've Got A Date (Rock It Baby)
6. Stir It Up
7. Kinky Reggae
8. No More Trouble
9. Midnight Ravers

liner notes excerpt: To walk into Harry J's Kingston studio one hot evening in late September 1972, the night the Wailers were recording "Slave Driver," was to be ushered into a new musical universe. Within the single-story building at 10 Roosevelt Avenue, unprecedented sounds were cutting through the ganja haze. The loose, spacious one-drop rhythm, the chattering guitar, the urgent lead vocal set against cool harmonies, the startlingly militant lyric and the pervasive sense of timelessness added up to a formula for revolution.

A few months later, "Slave Driver" appeared as one of the signature tracks of Catch A Fire, the distinctively packaged album which introduced Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Livingston, the Barrett brothers and their new-wave reggae to the world. By the end of the decade their music had become a universal language, understood from Mali to Malibu, and Marley was being celebrated as a Third World hero, one whose art united cultural and political dimensions for a mass audience in a way that only Bob Dylan had done before. And Catch A Fire was where it began.

. . . Almost 30 years later the unity and integrity of the music are undiminished either by time or Blackwell's post-production work, the music and its message sounding every bit as uncompromising and imposing as they seemed back then to ears that had never heard such sounds before. (- from the liner notes by Richard Williams

release details: Catch A Fire: Deluxe EditionThe Jamaican mixes disc has been newly remixed by Errol Brown, who was an engineer for Bob Marley & The Wailers' albums. The reissue will also feature the essay by Richard Williams, full album credit info, new photos and lyrics to the songs. Some of the guest musicians who were involved in the recording and subsequent overdubbing are John "Rabbit" Bundrick on synthesizer, organ and clavinet; Robbie Shakespeare on bass; Tyrone Downie on organ; Wayne Perkins on lead guitar; Rita Marley and Marcia Griffiths on backing vocals; and Francisco Willie Pep, Winston Wright and Chris Karen on percussion. The "Catch A Fire: Deluxe Edition" is packaged in a deluxe digipack, with a version of the original Zippo lighter cover, which was the first cover for the album. There will also be a nationwide radio and other press campaign to promote the new set.

review: Disc One contains "THE JAMAICAN MIXES", a reissue of the "Catch A Fire" album that differs quite a bit from the original Island album. This interesting new one is the album as it was recorded at Dynamic Sound and Harry J Studios and fully mixed, then delivered to Chris Blackwell in London in the month October 1972. It does not include the overdubs that contributed to the Wailers' crossover success, all added in London by lead guitarist Wayne Perkins, Texan keyboardist John "Rabbit" Bundrick and others on November 4, 1972.

Extra tracks feature "High Tide Or Low Tide" already found on the 1992 "Songs Of Freedom" box set, and a fine previously unreleased love song, a reggae called "All Day All Night". Of course it is not the same mix as the original Tuff Gong Jamaican lp (I compared them). Jamaican lps were often mixed differently from the international albums, but this one wasn't.

Disc Two, "THE ENGLISH MIXES" consists of the original nine-track "Catch A Fire" crossover album as remixed in London by Tony Platt and Bob Marley with Chris Blackwell's instructions to edit certain tracks (with Wayne Perkins' guitar solo, "Stir It Up" went from 3:32 to 5:32 for example) to make room for overdubbed solos and so on. No extra tracks. - from Bruno Blum