My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Catch a Fire is the fifth album by The Wailers. It was recorded at a couple of different studios in Kingston, Jamaica during the second half of 1972. The album was released in April of 1973.
What I think: I am really not a big Reggae guy and didn’t expect to enjoy this album, but I was pleasantly surprised. The whole album has a really smooth feel to it (something about Reggae usually grates on me and makes it feel really jarring). throughout making it a really nice listen. Just as cool is the Southern Soul feeling that I get in the Peter Tosh songs “400 Years” and “Stop That Train”, certainly something I was surprised to find. Also, the clavinet adds some really cool funk sounds to the mix. Overall, it’s a very good mix of social conscious and fun songs combined to make a wonderful album.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I’m certainly glad it’s here. I’d felt I’d given (Bob Marley and) The Wailers enough chances. Turned out they needed one more.
Rating (Out of 5):4
Catch a Fire Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (218/285)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%