Bob Marley & The Wailers: Catch A Fire (Original Jamaican Version) Coming On LP!!

Bob Marley & The Wailers Catch A Fire (1973) is one of music’s finest moments. I am particularly partial to the original Jamaican version, the one that leaves out the guitar and organ overdubs and Chris Blackwell’s hand in the mix. Not one but two! LP versions are in the works.

Light in the Attic Records is doing up the original Zippo lighter jacket ($65), pressed in Japan with an estimated ship date of July 9, 2021.

The Official Bob Marley Store is offering the non-Zippo spliff cover ($34.98), which will be pressed at Tuff Gong’s newly refurbished vinyl pressing plant, and ships on or around September 30, 2021.

According to Discogs, Island Records released a limited edition Zippo cover Jamaican version of Catch A Fire back in 2016 and as you can imagine, used copies fetch a nice price (think >$100). Original Zippo cover copies also fetch a steep price but these contain the overdubbed Blackwell mix, not the original Jamaican versions.

1972: Reggae band “The Wailers” featuring Bob Marley, Earl Hinds, Joe Higgs, Peter Tosh, Aston “Family Man” Barrett and Carlton Barrett pose for portraits in this 1972 publicity handout. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

The Light In The Attic releases will be pressed from the master tapes recorded at Randy’s by Harry J., Aston “Family Man” Barrett, and Carlton Barrett while the Bob Marley Store version is less specific but I’d assume they’re using the same source. Both releases will include two additional tracks,  “High Tide Or Low Tide” and “All Day All Night,” that did not appear on the original UK release.

For the impatient or non-vinyl buyer, the Catch A Fire Deluxe Edition CD includes both the original Jamaican and overdubbed versions. Highly, high-ly, recommended.