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Classic Albums: Bob Marley & the Wailers – Catch A Fire – 1973

Cover of "Catch A Fire (Deluxe Edition)"Catch a Fire, released on 13 April 1973, is the fifth album by Jamaican reggae band The Wailers, and the first the band released on Island Records. After touring and recording in the United Kingdom with Johnny Nash, Nash’s departure to the United States left the band without enough money to return home; they approached producer Chris Blackwell, who agreed to advance the Wailers money for an album and paid their fares back to Jamaica, where they recorded Catch a Fire.

The album features nine songs, two of which were written by Peter Tosh and the rest by Bob Marley. After Marley’s return to London to present the tapes to Blackwell, the producer reworked the tracks with contributions by Muscle Shoals session musician Wayne Perkins, who played guitar on two overdubbed tracks.

Concrete Jungle – Slave Driver – 400 Years – Stop That Train – Baby We’ve Got a Date – Stir It Up – Kinky Reggae – No More Trouble – Midnight Ravers

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