Burnin' (The Wailers album)

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Studio album by The Wailers
  • 19 October 1973
  • cat# ILPS 9256
Recorded April 1973
Studio Harry J. Studios, Kingston, Jamaica mixed at Island Studios, Notting Hill, London
Genre Reggae
Length 38:28
The Wailers chronology
Catch a Fire
Rasta Revolution
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A[2]

Burnin' is a reggae album by The Wailers, released in 1973. The sixth album by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer (the last before Tosh and Bunny departed for solo careers and the band became known as Bob Marley and the Wailers), Burnin' opens with a signature song, the call to action "Get Up, Stand Up" and includes a more confrontational and militant tone than previous records, such as in another Marley standard turned into a number one hit by Eric Clapton, "I Shot the Sheriff". The songs "Duppy Conqueror", "Small Axe", "Put It On" and "Pass It On" are re-recordings of songs previously released.

The Wailers' gold record award for Burnin' in Nine Mile, Jamaica

Burnin' peaked at number 151 and number 41 on the Billboard 200 and Black Albums charts respectively. In 2003, the album was ranked number 319 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[3] American singer Lauryn Hill's album cover for her debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was inspired by the album cover of Burnin'. In 2007 the album was added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry for its historical and cultural significance.[4]

Track listing

Original album release (1973)

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Get Up, Stand Up" Bob Marley, Peter Tosh 3:15
2. "Hallelujah Time" Jean Watt 3:27
3. "I Shot the Sheriff" Marley 4:39
4. "Burnin' and Lootin'" Marley 4:11
5. "Put It On" Marley 3:58
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Small Axe" Marley 4:00
7. "Pass It On" Jean Watt 3:32
8. "Duppy Conqueror" Marley 3:44
9. "One Foundation" Tosh 3:44
10. "Rasta Man Chant" Traditional; arranged by Marley, Tosh, Livingston 3:43

The Definitive Remastered edition (2001)

Bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Reincarnated Souls" (b-side of "Concrete Jungle") Livingston 4:01
12. "No Sympathy" (previously unreleased) Tosh 3:08
13. "The Oppressed Song" (previously unreleased) Livingston 3:16

Text from 12 June 2001 Tuff Gong cat# 314 548 894-2 CD liner notes:[5]

  • bonus tracks 11-13 recorded during Burnin' sessions at Harry J. Studios, Kingston
  • track 11: originally issued 29 May 1973 b-side of "Concrete Jungle"; Island WIP cat# 6164
  • tracks 12 and 13: previously unreleased

Deluxe edition (2004)


The Wailers



Chart (1975) Peak
US Billboard 200[6] 151
US Black Albums[6] 41


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Bob Marley / The Wailers – Burnin'". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Wailers". Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "319 – The Wailers, 'Burnin'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Recordings by Historical Figures and Musical Legends Added To the 2006 National Recording Registry". Library of Congress. 6 March 2007. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bob Marley & The Wailers – Burnin' (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Burnin' – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 

External links

  • Burnin' at Discogs (list of releases)
  • Library of Congress essay on the album
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