September 2007 - This must-see
documentary reveals to great detail, just
how Bob Marley's Reggae Music was
transformed to make it acceptable for the
European and American markets.
Wailer, Peter Tosh and Bob Marley formed
their vocal harmony group The Wailing
Wailers and started recording for Sir
Coxsone Dodd's Studio One, it would mark the
start of an incredible story.
Not in the
least, because the story of the (Bob Marley
and the) Wailers is synonymous with the
story of the world-wide popularization of
"Catch a Fire" plays a crucial
role in this story!
album was produced, the Wailers were still
together and Reggae Music was still seen as
some local form of what is disdainfully
called "World Music", a term that
yet to be invented in the early 1970's.
Blackwell, then owner of Island Records,
loved Reggae and came in contact with the
Wailers. He gave them money to record their
album in Jamaica, and then flew Bob Marley
to the UK to work on the recordings.
Blackwell is interviewed, as is Bunny
Wailer. Peter and Bob enter in, and a whole
host of well-known names in Reggae and
Rastafari donate some information too. The
musicians who worked on the album in the UK
enter into the video as well, telling their
part of the story.
idea behind the album was to market Reggae
to a new audience.
this video is much more than just the story
behind the making of the album. If only,
because the video reveals to great detail
just how the raw Jamaican Reggae was
smoothed and changed to make it acceptable
for the Rock audiences of Europe and the