Let Freedom Sing - The Music of the Civil Rights Movement

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Much of the power of the civil rights movement came with its speeches, but the movement lived just as actively through music. Whether it was blues, folk, gospel, jazz, or R&B, and whether the artist was part of the cause or simply feeling the same yearnings, the music of the civil rights movement provided focus, unity, strength, and power. Time Life's three-disc box set, Let Freedom Sing! Music of the Civil Rights Movement, not only appeared at an auspicious moment in civil rights history -- early 2009, when the United States inaugurated its first black president -- but it easily ranks as the most thorough look at the music that came to be identified with civil rights. ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
Much of the power of the civil rights movement came with its speeches, but the movement lived just as actively through music. Whether it was blues, folk, gospel, jazz, or R&B, and whether the artist was part of the cause or simply feeling the same yearnings, the music of the civil rights movement provided focus, unity, strength, and power. Time Life's three-disc box set, Let Freedom Sing! Music of the Civil Rights Movement, not only appeared at an auspicious moment in civil rights history -- early 2009, when the United States inaugurated its first black president -- but it easily ranks as the most thorough look at the music that came to be identified with civil rights. Virtually every single anthem is here, and most of them are performed by the artists who made them popular and powerful, with no regard for label restrictions. And far from focusing on a moment in time -- such as the early '60s, when the movement was most fervent -- the box set makes a great case for spanning decades, whether particular songs occurred in the pre-history of the movement or dated from a later time, when equality was being celebrated or still not being felt. Arranged in chronological fashion roughly, the set is bookended by a version of "Go Down Moses" from 1941 and a 2008 recording of "Free at Last" by the Blind Boys of Alabama. Between those two songs comes a parade of momentous recordings: "We Shall Overcome," "Blowin' in the Wind," "I Shall Not Be Moved," "A Change Is Gonna Come," "If I Had a Hammer," "People Get Ready," "Is It Because I'm Black?," "Stand!," "Respect," "Why Am I Treated So Bad?," "Strange Fruit," "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free," "Mississippi Goddam," "Say It Loud -- I'm Black and I'm Proud," "Yes, We Can," and "Inner City Blues Make Me Wanna Holler." One small caveat: it's difficult to call a civil rights compilation definitive when it fails to include Sam Cooke, although his landmark song, "A Change Is Gonna Come," is heard in one of its best versions, Otis Redding's. The set moves seamlessly from gospel and blues to later voices such as soul, funk, and hip-hop even if rap only gets two songs, and although the vast majority of these tracks are familiar, there are many intriguing choices, such as the work of radio DJs and obscure acts. The compilers Colin Escott, Bas Hartong, Mike Jason must be saluted for assembling a priceless collection of music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2009
  • Label: Time Life Records
  • UPC: 610583199529
  • Catalog Number: 80051

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Go Down Moses - Southern Sons (2:45)
  2. 2 Strange Fruit (3:13)
  3. 3 Uncle Sam Says - Josh White (2:41)
  4. 4 No Restricted Signs (3:01)
  5. 5 Black, Brown, And White - Brownie McGhee (2:38)
  6. 6 The Hammer Song (If I Had a Hammer) - The Weavers (2:20)
  7. 7 The Death of Emmett Till, Pts. 1-2 (4:55)
  8. 8 When Do I Get to Be Called a Man? (3:20)
  9. 9 The Alabama Bus - Brother Will Hairston (4:39)
  10. 10 We Are Americans Too - Nat King Cole (2:53)
  11. 11 Why (Am I Treated So Bad)? (2:52)
  12. 12 I Shall Not Be Moved (2:58)
  13. 13 Oh Freedom (3:21)
  14. 14 Ride on, Red, Ride On (2:53)
  15. 15 Mississippi Goddam (4:53)
  16. 16 Blowin' in the Wind - Bob Dylan (2:48)
  17. 17 We Shall Overcome (2:46)
  18. 18 Too Many Martyrs (2:49)
  19. 19 Alabama Blues - J.B. Lenoir (3:15)
  20. 20 Our Freedom Song (3:20)
  21. 21 A Change Is Gonna Come - Otis Redding (4:11)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Forty Acres and a Mule (3:28)
  2. 2 People Get Ready - The Impressions (2:40)
  3. 3 Nobody Can Turn Me Around (2:09)
  4. 4 I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel to Be Free) (2:51)
  5. 5 Respect (2:26)
  6. 6 The Motor City Is Burning - John Lee Hooker (2:51)
  7. 7 Cryin' in the Streets, Pt. 1 - The Silver Stars (3:19)
  8. 8 Abraham, Martin, And John (3:03)
  9. 9 The Prayer - Ray Scott (3:40)
  10. 10 Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud, Pt. 1 - James Brown (3:01)
  11. 11 And Black Is Beautiful (3:02)
  12. 12 Sock It to 'Em, Soul Brother - Bill Moss (2:26)
  13. 13 Why I Sing the Blues, Pt. 1 - B.B. King (3:43)
  14. 14 I Don't Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open Up the Door, I'll Get It M - James Brown (3:13)
  15. 15 Stand! (3:07)
  16. 16 Message from a Black Man (5:59)
  17. 17 Is It Because I'm Black - Syl Johnson (3:57)
  18. 18 I Was Born Blue - Swamp Dogg (3:01)
  19. 19 Yes, We Can, Pt. 1 (3:30)
  20. 20 We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue - Curtis Mayfield (6:05)
  21. 21 Young, Gifted, And Black (3:13)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Gil Scott-Heron (3:06)
  2. 2 (For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People - The Chi-Lites (3:53)
  3. 3 Smiling Faces Sometimes - The Undisputed Truth (3:16)
  4. 4 Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) - Marvin Gaye (5:28)
  5. 5 Hercules - Aaron Neville (3:41)
  6. 6 Get Up, Stand Up - Bob Marley & the Wailers (3:16)
  7. 7 Fight the Power, Pt. 1 (3:21)
  8. 8 Give the People What They Want - The O'Jays (4:12)
  9. 9 Black Is Black (3:39)
  10. 10 Sister Rosa - Neville Brothers (3:32)
  11. 11 The Pride (4:28)
  12. 12 Unity (3:52)
  13. 13 None of Us Are Free (5:31)
  14. 14 Eyes on the Prize (3:45)
  15. 15 Down in Mississippi (4:57)
  16. 16 Free at Last (3:31)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
J.B. Lenoir Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Ernie Isley Composer
Chris Jasper Composer
Al Smith Composer
Chuck D Liner Notes, Introduction
Colin Escott Liner Notes
B.B. King Composer
Peter Tosh Composer
P.D. Scots Pipe Band Composer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Chris Goldsmith Arranger
Traditional Composer
Mike Jason Executive Producer
Olivia Kim Editorial Research
Shannon Brinkman Photo Courtesy
Leonard Freed Photo Courtesy
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