Bob Marley & The Wailers~Catch A Fire
March 22, 2002

Label TDK
Format DVD - Region Free
Languages English
Subtitles Dutch, English, Spanish, German, Italian, French
Length Approx. 60 minutes
Producer/Director Jeremy Marre
The Wailers, featuring the legendary Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, became the most influential band in the history of reggae music. Catch A Fire, their first Island Records album, released in 1973, introduced them to an international rock audience.

Here the principal figures in the creation of Catch A Fire tell the story of how this record was designed by Tony Platt to "cross over", thus becoming the "most overdubbed" album. Thoroughly examining the production of the classic Bob Marley album that launched his career with Chris Blackwell and Island Records, the DVD features a unique interview by Bunny Wailer and performing several Wailers' songs with an acoustic guitar, rare archival interviews with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, and contributions from many of those who performed and assisted on the record like bass players Familyman Barrett and Robbie Shakespeare, as well as Bob's wife, Rita Marley. Furthermore engineer Sylvan Morris shows up to tell you his story.

This video shows how the raw 8-track tapes were recorded in Jamaica and then overdubbed in London's Basing Street Studios, supervised by Island Records' boss, Chris Blackwell. With the Wailers' enthusiastic consent, Blackwell brought in white American session players like keyboard player John "Rabbit" Bundrick and guitarist Wayne Perkins to sweeten the sound with overdubs for an international rock audience.

Featuring rare home movies (1972) of the Wailers in Jamaica, previously unseen footage such as rare black-and-white footage of the Wailers' tour in Edmonton, London, in 1973 with an electrifying performance of the Burnin' song "Get Up, Stand Up", and unique performances taken from the TV show "Old Grey Whistle Test" of many album tracks such as Slave Driver, Stir It Up, Stop That Train and Kinky Reggae this is a documentary that will certainly fascinate the viewer and is both a fitting tribute to a great band and an insight into a true classic reggae album.

What can we say.....get this one !