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Classic Albums - Bob Marley & The Wailers: Catch A Fire

Bunny Wailer , Bob Marley    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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In the late '60s, the notion that reggae would become more than just a novelty act would have been laughed at. To break into the mainstream, the movement needed a powerful voice of prophetic proportions. This voice emerged from the collective work of three pioneering friends from Jamaica, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and Robert Nesta Marley, who sought to bring about an ideological revolution through deeply meditative, hypnotic, and spiritual music. Catch a Fire was the Wailers' and reggae's introduction to the world and turned Bob Marley into a mega-icon of enormous proportions. It was the first album to remain true to the traditions of reggae music while having enough elements that were accessible to popular culture.

This documentary, Bob Marley and the Wailers: Catch a Fire, returns to Dynamic Studios in Kingston, Jamaica, shedding light on the development of the album, the thought process of Bob, Peter, and Bunny, and the importance of the music on a song-by-song basis. The story of Catch a Fire is presented through interviews with the band members, studio musicians, and former head of Island Records Chris Blackwell. Throughout are raw studio rehearsal footage, BBC TV footage, and home movies that include performances of "Concrete Jungle," "Slave Driver," "Stir It Up," and "Stop That Train." The documentary wraps up with 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." --Rob Bracco

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Insight May 14 2002
This is a wonderful video for anyone interested in the technical aspects of the creation of a classic album, and the efforts of the production team to translate a "new" musical style to the masses. With a strong focus on the music-- especially the drum and bass-- and indispensible interviews with the original Wailers as well as the session musicians who contributed to the album. Bass Players will love the priceless interviews with "Family Man" Barrett and Robbie Shakespeare. This is not a concert video, but a great look behind the scenes at the making of a breakthrough record, including a track-by-track breakdown of some of the original studio tapes. Highly recommended for musicians. May bore the heck out of non-musicaians.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Some... Nov. 22 2006
Though interesting, this DVD only focuses on the production of one album that the Wailers made in 1973, 'Catch a Fire', their first Island Records album. It gives background in all aspects of the creation of 'Catch A Fire' and has good interviews with the band members and Chris Blackwell, the man who introduced Bob Marley & The Wailers to the world. Excellent (scratchy) old footage of one of the groups' first concerts in London. But, if you're expecting a concert with broad range of Wailers tunes - you'll be disappointed. The running time is fairly short also.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing DVD Oct. 9 2001
As a fan of music, but knowing little about its technical aspects and production, this documentary/concert dvd was a godsend. Interviews with people who made the album. The rastas who knew bob tell stories and history. Home videos of bob with his family are priceless. I think the music is amazing and I learned something about creating an album, and about bob marley and the wailers. If you like Bob, get this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars robert Aug. 14 2001
Format:VHS Tape
this is a great live recording of bob and the wailers,the sounds are very clear and smooth while bob gives his knowledge and teaching to the people and i would recomend this one to anybody it is definitly worth what you pay,this is a video you can watch over and over again without getting tired of it.i seen it so many times and still love to watch it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great companion to "rebel music" Aug. 9 2001
this is a great companion to the official marley documentary "rebel music." many of the performances, interviews and home videos are culled from the same tapes, but amazingly, there is not a lot of overlap. one thing i did notice, even though this is strictly about recording "catch a fire," they hardly use any of the studio cuts from the album. they dissect a couple songs, track by track, but mostly, the songs are live, demos, or acoustic. but this is indeed a documentary, not a concert video. i, too, would love to hear complete songs, and get some concert footage on dvd, but that's another story... bunny fans are in for a treat as he acoustically interprets a few classics. this dvd also features some songs not on "catch a fire", like "get up, stand up", but i'm not complaining...just hoping that they document the rest of his "island" recordings.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Copyright infringement June 17 2001
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My lawyers will be contacting you immediately to stop the sale of this illegal product. Isis Productions, the company that produced it, has used my photograph of Bob Marley on the cover of the DVD, and in the documentary, without my permission, knowing that I own its copyright. The same unlawful act regards the B/W footage I shot in 1973, for which I have not consented to its use. This is a very serious infringement of my copyright and my estate, and will be contacting customs & excise in the USA to stop any further sales. If you continue to sell this product regardless, you should be aware that you're liable for prosecution.
For your information: I have only given permission to use my B/W footage to the makers of Rebel Music, the Bob Marley Story.
The Artist Esther Anderson Photographer and filmmaker of Bob Marley and the Wailers Winner of Image Award in "A Warm december" opposite Sidney Poitier
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