Island Records is reissuing eighteen of Bob Marley
's albums over the next year, beginning with the reggae legend's most acclaimed recording, Catch a Fire
, on March 27th. The first disc of the double-CD set, titled Catch a Fire: Deluxe Edition
, will feature a digitally remastered update of the 1973 version of the album, which was remixed and overdubbed in the U.K. The second disc will contain the original version of the album recorded in Jamaica in 1972, which includes two previously unreleased songs, "High Seas or Low Seas" and "All Day All Night."
Throughout the rest of 2001 and into 2002, remasters of Marley's catalog will be released with new packaging, including the original artwork, additional photos, and liner notes. Following Catch a Fire: Deluxe Edition
comes The Ultimate Bob Marley
, a twenty-track disc featuring one previously unreleased song, in May.
Through June and July, remastered versions of Catch a Fire
(including three bonus tracks), Natty Dread
, Rastaman Vibration
, Babylon by Bus
will be released. In September a Deluxe Edition of Exodus
, featuring the original album remastered and expanded with up to twenty-five tracks, is due.
February of next year the Legend
Deluxe Edition will be released, with one of the discs in the double set to contain the 1984 12" remixes. And, finally, in April of 2001, reissues of Legend
, Rebel Music
, Talkin' Blues
and Natural Mystic
will be released.
Marley died of cancer in 1981. He awarded a posthumous lifetime achievement award at this year's Grammy Awards.
Written by CHRISTINA SARACENO
for RollingStone.com News