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Classic Album Sundays with Don Letts: Bob Marley and The Wailers’s Burnin’

First broadcast date: 6 May 2018

Founded by radio host, music producer, label owner and journalist, Colleen “Cosmo” Murphy, Classic Album Sundays allows listeners to fully immerse themselves into an album by exploring its context, the making of and a full replay of the album on vinyl. This edition focuses on Bob Marley and the Wailers, Burnin’, featuring guest British film director, DJ and musician Don Letts.

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Things moved fast in the music business in 1973. Six months after the release of its predecessor, Catch a Fire. Burnin’ was released making it Bob Marley and The Wailers second release for Island Records. This album matches Catch Fire spiritual themes and anthemic style. Songs illuminated the desperation of poor Jamaican life, whilst looking for religious salvation, their themes accentuated by the compelling rhythms and the alternating vocals of the three singers.

In 2007 the album was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry for its historical and cultural significance.

Tracklist

The Wailers – Small Axe (Lee Perry Version) [Upsetter]
The Wailers – Kinky Reggae [Island Records]
The Wailers – Downpresser Man [Upsetter]
The Wailers – Wisdom (The Lips Of The Righteous) [Trojan Recordings]
Bobby Martell – One Cup of Coffee [Beverley’s Records]
The Wailers – Maga Dog [Island Records]
The Wailers – Kaya [Island Records]
The Wailers – Rudie’s Medley [Punch]
The Wailers – Simmer Down [Coxsone Records]
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Go Tell It On The Mountain [Vogue]
The Wailers – Brand New Second Hand [Upsetter]
Bob Marley – Reggae On Broadway (Chances Are) [WEA]
The Wailers – Stir It Up [Island Records]
The Wailers – Concrete Jungle [Island Records]
The Wailers – No More Trouble [Island Records]
The Wailers – Corner Stone [Upsetter]
The Wailers – Rasta Man Chant [Tuff Gong]
The Wailers – 400 Years [Upsetters]
The Wailers – Get Up Stand Up [Island Records]
The Wailers – Duppy Conqueror [Upsetter]
The Wailers – I Shot The Sheriff [Island Records]
The Wailers – Burnin’ And Lootin’ [Tuff Gong]
The Wailers – Trenchtown Rock [Island Records]
The Wailers – Small Axe [Upsetter]

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