ARTIST: Bob Marley & the Wailers
YEAR RELEASED: 1973
CHART ACTION: #151, #41 R&B
SINGLES: Get Up Stand Up, I Shot the Sherriff (#67 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Small Axe, Duppy Conqueror
LINEUP: Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, Aston Barrett, Carlton Barrett, Earl Lindo
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Follow up to their groundbreaking world-wide debut has many classic songs as well.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Starting out with the timeless “Get Up Stand Up”, a call that resonates today all around the world, not just 1973 Jamaica, Bob Marley and the Wailers follow up to Catch a Fire has several songs of quality and distinction as well.
Featuring one traditional Jamaican chant, two songs from Bunny Wailer, one from Peter Tosh, and one co-writing credit, this is more of a group effort. The band is tight, as always, with the Barrett’s forming a tremendous backbone for the keyboards and guitar to work around and through.
It’s not as packed with quality songs as its predecessor, but it’s still a fine album in its own right and cemented Marley and the Wailers place in the world as the voice of reggae and Jamaica.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This album is in the National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a version with B-sides and another with an entire live show from 1973.
GRADE: A: Another crucial Marley album to listen from cover to cover.