Hear Some Rare, Early ’70s Demo Versions From Bob Marley & The Wailers’ Catch A Fire (Audio)

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#126 on Rolling Stone magazine’s “Top 500 Greatest Albums Of All-Time,” The Wailers’ Catch A Fire is a benchmark Reggae album. Released in April of 1973, the album written primarily by Bob Marley, with two penned efforts by Peter Tosh featured a carefully-crafted concoction of hope, seduction, and social chronicle. This Tuff Gong/Island Records release prompted the international hit, “Stir It Up,” and was a keystone in bringing The Wailers’ to international fame, especially Stateside.

ego trip! shared an incredible demo recording session, said to be from 1972, from this album. Of the nine released songs, several are included with nuances that true Reggae Heads might pick up on. Additionally, another hit, “Get Up, Stand Up,” is included, despite not being on the album. Whether mastered or demo, summertime (and really anytime), is a good time to take heed to one of the most impactful bands of all times…


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