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Classic Album Sundays presents Bob Marley & The Wailers ‘Burnin’

Things moved fast in the music business of 1973. Less than six months after the Wailers released their first international album, Catch A Fire on 4 May, the conflagration continued with the release of Burnin’ on 19 October. Still billed only as the Wailers, and still led by the three-man vocal front line of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, the band was now moving through the gears with an increasing sense of mission.

The album’s opening track ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ became an enduring anthem of people power, adopted by civil rights activists the world over. Marley and Tosh are said to have co-written the song while touring Haiti, where they encountered extremes of poverty that were the equal of anything in Jamaica. Interestingly, the lyric specifically criticised religious teachers for creating a smokescreen with promises of a paradise to come, thereby distracting people from claiming their rights as human beings here on this world. “Preacherman don’t tell me heaven is under earth,” Marley sang with evident disdain. The song would be re-recorded on subsequent solo albums by both Tosh and Wailer and would remain a key number in Marley’s repertoire to the end of his career; indeed it would be the last song he ever performed on stage (in Pittsburgh in September 1980).

An album full of revolutionary fire and fervour, it was also the last, heroic distillation of a line-up that had taken the teenaged Wailer, Tosh and Marley on a journey from the streets of Trenchtown to the brink of global stardom. Henceforth it would be Marley who was very much the man in charge.

To celebrate in style we will be joined in London by Don Lett’s who was largely responsible for merging punk rock and reggae in London in the late seventies, as he said himself: “The only white people you would see at a Jah Shaka dance in Dalston would be The Sex Pistols, The Clash… my friends.”

Join us at one of our worldwide events to hear this album as never before.

Check out our Album Of The Month blog for The Wailers ‘Burnin” here.

Take a listen to our The Wailers ‘Burnin” Legacy Playlist here and our The Wailers ‘Burnin” Musical Lead-Up Playlist here.

Relive our Don Letts on Bob Marley ‘Catch A Fire’ at Bestival event with the full audio and video here.

You might also like Don Lett’s Top Five Albums Of All Time here.


Time & Date: Sunday April 29th 2018 16:00 – 19:00

Venue: Brilliant Corners, 470 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4AE

Tickets: £10 plus booking fee in advance here

Presenter: Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy and Don Letts

Audio Menu: Dynavector D17D3 MC CartridgeRega P9 TurntableRega IOS Phono Stage Audio Note Jinro Integrated AmpChord Signature Speaker CableChord Signature Tuned Aray interconnectsISOL-8 Substation Integra Power Conditioner and Klipschorn Loudspeakers

New York City

Double feature with Lauryn Hill ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’.

Date and Time: Sunday April 8th 2018 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Venue: Magick City, 37 Box Street, Brooklyn NY 11222

Tickets: $10 in advance soon

Presenters: Paul Raffaele and Barbie Bertisch (Love Injection Magazine)

Audio Menu: Rega Exact MM CartridgeRega P9 TurntableAudio Note UK pre-amplification and power amplificationAudioQuest Interconnects and cablingKlipschorn LoudspeakersKlipsch SW-115 Subwoofers


Date and Time: Sunday April 15th 2018 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Venue: Third Man Records, 623 7th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

Tickets: $10  in advance here

Presenter: Kwame Dawes

Audio Menu: Schiit Vidar x 2Schiit FreyaTekton Double ImpactShinola Runwell


Date and Time: Sunday April 29th 2018 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Venue: Saturday Audio Exchange, 1021 W Belmont Avenue, Chicago IL, 60647

Tickets: $5 in advance here

Presenter: Jim Burchill from CHIRP Radio

Audio Menu: Klipschorns provided by Klipsch Audio and McIntosh Tube amps provided by Saturday Audio


Date and Time: Sunday April 15th 2018, 4pm – 6pm (doors open at 3pm)

Venue: Kulturhuset i Oslo, Youngs gate 6, 0181 Oslo

Tickets: 50/100NOK in advance here.

Presenters: Kent Horne with Don Letts.

Audio Menu installed by Duet AudioCartridge: Dynavector XX2 MK2Turntable: Dr. Feickert BlackbirdTone arm: Jelco750 LB 12″Preamp: 4 x Monoblocks Auralic Merak 2x800WIntegrated Amp with phono stage: Ayon AurisLoudspeakers: Piega Classic 80.2Interconnects: Midas Reference SiljeSpeaker Cable: Midas Reference SiljePower Conditioner: Isol-8.

Washington DC

Date and Time: Sunday April 22nd 2018 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Venue: Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe, 2477 18th St NW, Washington DC 20009

Tickets: $5 – $7 in advance here

Presenter: Joe Lapan

Audio Menu provided by Audioism.

REGA Planar 3 turntable with Elys MM CartridgeREGA Fono MM Phono PreampAudioism MicroZOTL Preamp (David Berning Design), Audioism Venue-Class Playback SystemXcilica HD System ProcessorAudioism ZOTL Amplifiers (David Berning Design), Class AB Hybrid Amplification for Subs, WyWires Audio Interconnects


Date and Time: Sunday April 22nd 2018 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Venue: The Sound Archive, The Old Library, 8 Laing Street, Kirkwall, Orkney. KW15 1NW.

Tickets: £5 in advance here

Presenters: Adrian Holmes

Audio Menu: VPI Industries Traveler Turntable, Ortofon 2M Black Cartridge, Rega Brio Amplifier, KEF R500 Loudspeakers, Van Damme Studio Blue Cables

Colorado Springs

Date and Time: Sunday April 29th 2018 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Venue: Local Relic, 320 S Weber St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

Tickets: $5  in advance soon

Presenter: Chris O’Shea

Audio Menu supplied by The Music Room Colorado:

Speakers: Klipsch Heresy II, Turntable: Rega Planar 3 TT, Preamplifier: Croft Acoustics Micro 25 Power amplifier: Rega Maia 3, Cables: Cardas and The Chord Company.


Date and Time: Sunday April 29th 2018, 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Venue: The Station Pub, 44 Station St, Sutton Coldfield B73 6AT

Tickets: £5 in advance soon

Presenter: Chris Watkiss

Audio Menu: Turntable: J.Sikora – Initial, Turntable Arm: Kuzma  – Stogi S12, 12 inch tonearm, Cartridge: Audio Technica – ART 9 Moving Coil, Speakers: hORNS – Mummy, Mono Block Amplifiers: Ming Da Dynasty – Cavatina, Pre-Amplifier: Audio Detail – Chela- 4, Phonostage: Audio Detail – NV-08 Navistar, Mains Conditioner: Gigawatt PC–3 EVO , Speaker Cables: Skogrand – Tchaikovsky, Interconnects: Albedo Solid ,Mains Cables: KBL & Albedo.

Colorado Springs

Date and Time: Sunday April 29th 2018 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Venue: Local Relic, 320 S Weber St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

Tickets: $5  in advance here

Presenter: Chris O’Shea

Audio Menu supplied by The Music Room Colorado:

Speakers: Klipsch Heresy II, Turntable: Rega Planar 3 TT, Preamplifier: Croft Acoustics Micro 25 Power amplifier: Rega Maia 3, Cables: Cardas and The Chord Company.


Date and Time: Sunday April 29th 2018 8:00pm – 11:00pm

Venue: Desiderata Fukuoka 1-15-3, 3F Imaizumi Chuo-ku Fukuoka 810-0014 Japan

Tickets: ¥1,000  – email:

Presenter: Masuo (Lighthouse Records founder / CAS Fukuoka)

Audio Menu: Klipschorn LoudspeakersMark Levinson 23.5L Power AmplifierMark Levinson No.26 PreamplifierPioneer Exclusive P3 turntableKoetsu Cartridge and Stepup Trans.


Time & Date: Sunday 29 of April 2018 16:00 – 19:00

Venue: De sociale dienst, Deken van Somerenstraat 6 Eindhoven

Tickets: 5 euros at the door.

Presenter: Nick le beat (Jamaican Jukebox)

Audio Menu: EMT 948 turntable with MC SFL TSD 15 cartridge, Urei 1620 LE preamp, Marchand Tube crossover XM126, Hypex Ncore mono block amplifiers, Fountek ribbon tweeters, Le Cleac’h mid horn with Truextent Acoustic Beryllium Speaker Cones, Midbass exponential horns with EVM15B, RCF subs, Mogami interconnects

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