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Studio album by The Wailers
ReleasedOctober 19, 1973
RecordedHarry J. Studios, Kingston, Jamaica, April 1972
LabelIsland/Tuff Gong
ProducerChris Blackwell and The Wailers
The Wailers chronology
Catch a Fire
Rasta Revolution

Burnin' is a roots reggae album by The Wailers, released in 1973 (see 1973 in music). The fourth 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 & 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 #1 blues rock 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.

Burnin' peaked at #151 and #41 on Billboard's Pop Albums and Black Albums charts respectively.

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

In 2003, the album was ranked number 319 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[1] Singer and Rapper 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.[2]

Track listing

Original album release (1973)

Side one

  1. "Get Up Stand Up" (Marley/Tosh) - 3:15
  2. "Hallelujah Time" (Livingston) - 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

  1. "Small Axe" (Marley) - 4:00
  2. "Pass it On" (Livingston) - 3:32
  3. "Duppy Conqueror" (Marley) - 3:44
  4. "One Foundation" (Tosh) - 3:20
  5. "Rasta Man Chant" (Trad., arr. Marley/Tosh/Livingston) - 3:43



CCS London
Bob Bowkett
Simon Perfitt
Photography by Ester Anderson


  1. "News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-01-04.
  2. "Recordings by Historical Figures and Musical Legends Added To the 2006 National Recording Registry". Library of Congress. 2007-06-03. Retrieved 2007-12-10.

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