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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
It might be slimmer, but the repackaging of Bob Marley's epic box set only means that it's now worth twice its weight in gold. Originally released in 1992 as a limited-edition 6-by-12-inch longbox, the new SONGS OF FREEDOM is a four-CD, storage-friendly brick with a 95-page color book. And then as now, it's indispensable to the Marley fan or reggae aficionado. There's no shortage of posthumous Marley material out there -- from the Wailers' exuberant ska days to Bob's radio interviews to dub collections -- but unlike so many box sets, SONGS OF FREEDOM isn't interested in obsessive overkill; instead it celebrates the first truly worldwide star with an overview that digs ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
It might be slimmer, but the repackaging of Bob Marley's epic box set only means that it's now worth twice its weight in gold. Originally released in 1992 as a limited-edition 6-by-12-inch longbox, the new SONGS OF FREEDOM is a four-CD, storage-friendly brick with a 95-page color book. And then as now, it's indispensable to the Marley fan or reggae aficionado. There's no shortage of posthumous Marley material out there -- from the Wailers' exuberant ska days to Bob's radio interviews to dub collections -- but unlike so many box sets, SONGS OF FREEDOM isn't interested in obsessive overkill; instead it celebrates the first truly worldwide star with an overview that digs deep into a rich and varied career. Marley's biggest hits, collected on the perennially popular LEGEND, bristle with such bright arrangements and undeniable grooves that it's easy to lose sight of his songwriting. But the oft-made comparisons to Bob Dylan are borne out on SONGS's rarities, alternate takes, and live versions. Marley was a master of many things: Rastafarian redemptive philosophy, Jamaican folk idioms, and, of course, American R&B. Plus, he could trade Biblical allusion with a Talmudic scholar. But his greatest skill was, he could get his musical vision across with an easy, disarming sensuality. Disc Two's 12-minute "Acoustic Medley" encapsulates Bob's facility with the simple love lyric "Stir It Up", the gospel-inflected redemption song "This Train", and the lusty rub-up "Guava Jelly". These rare moments, interspersed with standards of the Marley canon such as "No Woman No Cry," "Get Up, Stand Up," and "I Shot the Sheriff," create a portrait of the Gong as a working artist. Even those who credit Lee Perry as the architect of Bob's mystique through his collaborations with the Wailers will be persuaded by the power of Marley's songwriting gift. And by digging up pristine-sounding demos, SONGS rights the wrongs of LEGEND and NATURAL MYSTIC, which presented reconstituted versions of "Could You Be Loved" and "Iron Lion Zion." Top all this off with beautiful sequencing, lovingly restored sound, and literate, informative notes by Timothy White, Derrick Morgan, and others, and you have one of the greatest box sets ever assembled.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Originally released as a limited-edition box set in 1992, Songs of Freedom presents an alternate history of Bob Marley's career, tracing his progression with outtakes, rare singles, alternate mixes, live tracks, and album tracks instead of the songs that formed the bulk of his legacy, as it were. The question is, is this a reasonable track to take? For the most part, yes it is, even if it tends to be a little misleading. That problem isn't too great, since Songs of Freedom isn't targeted at the audience that would want just the basics -- Legend already exists for them, and that sums up everything they need to know about Marley, the ambassador of reggae. The remainder of Marley's audience realizes this box exists just to get rarities to the diehards, and they're thrilled that it exists for that purpose. Because of its nature, Songs of Freedom isn't especially compelling to anyone that isn't a hardcore fan -- although the first disc of ska and rocksteady material will be delightful to anyone that likes early reggae and isn't thrilled by Marley's rock-star posturing in the '70s -- but for those very fans, it's a valuable addition to their collection, since it rounds up rarities with ease and purpose. What Songs of Freedom should not be seen as is a definitive overview of Marley's career -- it's just for collectors and hardcore fans, the kind of listener who has memorized the original studio albums. For those listeners, it's hard to resist Songs of Freedom, but everybody else will be able to safely pass it by.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/1999
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 731451443220
  • Catalog Number: 514432
  • Sales rank: 40,923

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Judge Not - Bob Marley (2:26)
  2. 2 One Cup of Coffee - Bob Marley (2:34)
  3. 3 Simmer Down - Bob Marley (2:50)
  4. 4 I'm Still Waiting - Bob Marley (3:06)
  5. 5 One Love/People Get Ready - Bob Marley (3:21)
  6. 6 Put It On - Bob Marley (3:08)
  7. 7 Bus Dem Shut (Pyaka) - Bob Marley (2:47)
  8. 8 Mellow Mood - Bob Marley (3:31)
  9. 9 Bend Down Low - Bob Marley (2:30)
  10. 10 Hypocrites - Bob Marley (2:35)
  11. 11 Stir It Up - Bob Marley (3:12)
  12. 12 Nice Time - Bob Marley (2:45)
  13. 13 Thank You Lord - Bob Marley (3:40)
  14. 14 Hammer - Bob Marley (2:56)
  15. 15 Caution - Bob Marley (2:44)
  16. 16 Back Out - Bob Marley (2:18)
  17. 17 Soul Shakedown Party - Bob Marley (3:05)
  18. 18 Do It Twice - Bob Marley (2:48)
  19. 19 Soul Rebel - Bob Marley (3:18)
  20. 20 Sun Is Shining - Bob Marley (2:11)
  21. 21 Don't Rock the Boat - Bob Marley (4:31)
  22. 22 Small Axe - Bob Marley (3:56)
  23. 23 Duppy Conqueror - Bob Marley (3:39)
  24. 24 Mr. Brown - Bob Marley (3:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Screwface - Bob Marley (2:23)
  2. 2 Lick Samba - Bob Marley (2:33)
  3. 3 Trench Town Rock - Bob Marley (3:28)
  4. 4 Craven Choke Puppy - Bob Marley (2:52)
  5. 5 Guava Jelly - Bob Marley (2:17)
  6. 6 Guava Jelly/This Train/Cornerstone/Comma Comma/Dewdrops/Stir It up/L'M - Bob Marley (12:09)
  7. 7 I'm Hurting Inside - Bob Marley (3:28)
  8. 8 High Tide or Low Tide - Bob Marley (4:09)
  9. 9 Slave Driver - Bob Marley (2:51)
  10. 10 No More Trouble - Bob Marley (3:59)
  11. 11 Concrete Jungle - Bob Marley (4:10)
  12. 12 Get up, Stand Up - Bob Marley (3:14)
  13. 13 Rastaman Chant - Bob Marley (3:50)
  14. 14 Burnin' and Lootin' - Bob Marley (4:13)
  15. 15 Iron Lion Zion - Bob Marley (2:55)
  16. 16 Lively up Yourself - Bob Marley (5:10)
  17. 17 Natty Dread - Bob Marley (3:34)
  18. 18 I Shot the Sheriff - Bob Marley (5:26)
Disc 3
  1. 1 No Woman, No Cry - Bob Marley (5:22)
  2. 2 Who the Cap Fit - Bob Marley (4:41)
  3. 3 Jah Live - Bob Marley (4:15)
  4. 4 Crazy Baldhead - Bob Marley (3:10)
  5. 5 War - Bob Marley (3:36)
  6. 6 Johnny Was - Bob Marley (3:46)
  7. 7 Rat Race - Bob Marley (2:49)
  8. 8 Jamming - Bob Marley (5:45)
  9. 9 Waiting In Vain - Bob Marley (3:59)
  10. 10 Exodus - Bob Marley (7:25)
  11. 11 Natural Mystic - Bob Marley (3:28)
  12. 12 Three Little Birds - Bob Marley (2:56)
  13. 13 Running Away - Bob Marley (4:14)
  14. 14 Keep on Movin' - Bob Marley (5:44)
  15. 15 Easy Skanking - Bob Marley (2:55)
  16. 16 lS This Love - Bob Marley (4:00)
  17. 17 Smile Jamaica - Bob Marley (3:13)
  18. 18 Time Will Tell - Bob Marley (3:32)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Africa Unite - Bob Marley (2:54)
  2. 2 Survival - Bob Marley (3:52)
  3. 3 One Drop - Bob Marley (3:51)
  4. 4 One Dub - Bob Marley (3:53)
  5. 5 Zimbabwe - Bob Marley (3:47)
  6. 6 So Much Trouble In the World - Bob Marley (3:57)
  7. 7 Ride Natty Ride - Bob Marley (6:22)
  8. 8 Babylon System - Bob Marley (4:18)
  9. 9 Coming In from the Cold - Bob Marley (6:04)
  10. 10 Real Situation - Bob Marley (3:08)
  11. 11 Bad Card - Bob Marley (2:48)
  12. 12 Could You Be Loved - Bob Marley (5:26)
  13. 13 Forever Loving Jah - Bob Marley (3:51)
  14. 14 Rastaman Live Up! - Bob Marley (5:21)
  15. 15 Give Thanks and Praise - Bob Marley (3:14)
  16. 16 One Love/People Get Ready - Bob Marley (7:08)
  17. 17 Why Should I - Bob Marley (3:33)
  18. 18 Redemption Song - Bob Marley (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Marley & the Wailers Primary Artist
Bob Marley Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Vocals
Joe Higgs Percussion, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Rita Marley Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Judy Mowatt Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Ras Michael Percussion
Melba Liston Trombone
Hugh Masekela Trumpet
Don Drummond Trombone
Eddie Quansah Trumpet
Timmy Thomas Keyboards
Doris Troy Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Jackie Jackson Bass
Count Ossie Percussion
Richard Ace Keyboards
Glen Adams Keyboards
Gladstone Anderson Keyboards
Aston Barrett Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Carlton "Carly" Barrett Drums
Noel Benbow Drums
Mikey Boo Drums
Arnold Brackenridge Trumpet
Junior Braithwaite Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Lloyd Brevett Bass
Baba Brooks Trumpet
Cedric Brooks Saxophone
Hux Brown Guitar
Lennox Brown Saxophone
John "Rabbit" Bundrick Keyboards
Ska Campbell Saxophone
Chico Chin Trumpet
Mikey Chung Guitar
Fred Crossley Bass
Glen DaCosta Saxophone
Santa Davis Drums
Lloyd Delpratt Keyboards
Val Douglas Bass
Tyrone Downie Keyboards, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Sly Dunbar Drums
Bobby Ellis Trumpet
Jerome Francique Trombone
Luther Fran├žois Trombone
Dean Fraser Saxophone
Brinsley Forde Guitar
Angus Gaye Drums
Marlene Gifford Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Vin Gordon Trombone
Cherry Green Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Marcia Griffiths Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Raymond Harper Trumpet
Harry T. Percussion
Gordon Hunt Guitar
Lee Jaffe Harmonica
Jah Jerry Guitar
Esmond Jarrett Drums
Beverly Kelso Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
King Sporty Percussion, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Donald Kinsey Guitar
Lloyd Knibbs Drums
Denzel Laing Percussion
George Larnyoh Saxophone
Earl Lindo Keyboards
David Madden Trumpet
Hugh Malcolm Drums
Herman Marquis Saxophone
Tommy McCook Saxophone
Joe McCormack Trombone
Larry McDonald Percussion
Danny McFarlane Keyboards
Peter Tosh Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Melodica, Vocal Harmony
Candy McKenzie Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Trummie Miles Trumpet
Jackie Mittoo Keyboards
Johnny "Dizzy" Moore Trumpet
Johnny Nash Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Lloyd Parks Bass
Lascelles Perkins Percussion
Wayne Perkins Guitar
Dwight Pinkney Guitar
Ernest Ranglin Guitar
Roy Richards Harmonica
Lloyd Robinson Drums
Nambo Robinson Trombone
Carlton Samuels Baritone Saxophone
Santa Drums
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Lloyd Spence Bass
Keith Stirling Keyboards
Lyn Taitt Guitar
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Constantine Walker Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Seymour Walker Saxophone
Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis Guitar, Keyboards
Ian "Willy" Winter Keyboards
Sydney Wolfe Percussion
Winston Wright Keyboards
Cat Coore Guitar
Rico Rodriguez Trombone
Jackie Willacy Trumpet
Danny Simpson Trombone
Anthony "Sangie" Davis Guitar
Stanley Ribbs Saxophone
Tony Wilson Saxophone
Junior Marvin Guitar, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
"Deadly" Headley Bennett Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Bryan Atkinson Bass
Technical Credits
Rita Marley Composer
Aston Barrett Composer
Carlton "Carly" Barrett Composer
Allen Cole Composer
Vincent Ford Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's Lacking

    How can a definitive collection not include ''Buffalo Soldier''? Especially since it's a song about freedom? Without this track, this CD set is worthless. Stick with Legends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is was so good.....I had to get it again.

    When I bought this set I was astounded at the presentation of the music. With this set, you really have the opportunity to see how Bob's music transformed and inspired the raggae music movement. Going through all of the CD's is definatley like a walk through time. Starting with the first CD(sixties) and ending with the fourth (late seventies), Song of Freedom truly give you a deeper appreciation for his music and his love for life. Get this, I had to buy it a second time because I left my bag in a Taxi in Boston. Unfortunately this holy set fell victim of my stupidity and that won't ever happen again. No CD collection is complete without it. I promise you that!!!!!! These are just some of the great songs included in the set: Comming in from the cold, Zimbabwae, Simmer down, Mellow mood, Africa unites, Redemption song (his last live recording of the song)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Like to relax?

    These four discs are necessary! Drink a little brew, smoke a little chronic--whatever you like to do, this music makes it even better!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The real third world RASTA MAN

    I've listen to every single Bob Marley song that he has made.Bob Marley saved my life spirtually,$ emotionally.When i listen to the music i fell his message through my heart and espically in my soul.He has brought me peace within and brought me closer to god.I personally thank him for reaching me in so many ways.Thank you Bob

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Must Buy!

    It's a great album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    songs of freedom a song that inspired the african people 's fight against white suprimity

    This was the song which was sang by bob during so many africans people were under the burden of colonisation and it showed them the light to strengthen their struggle against white ;this was the song which cost'S THE LIFE OF BOB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Gift Ever

    I Recieved this as a gift. Now, I couldn't imagine my life without. Best gift I ever got. The Essential Bob Marely

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GET IT

    I have had the original release of this collection since it came out. It is utterly amazing, comprehensive look at Marley's music. Packaged like earth, fire, water, air, each of the 4 discs paints a picture with the songs. Unbelievable. Listen to them sequentially, or put them all in and hit random, either way it's worth the investment. You will get years of pleasure from this purchase. Makes an excellent gift or perfect treat to yourself. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Original Rasta Man

    Bob Marley's music is a part of his soul. Every song on this CD is performed like it is his last peformance. The power of Bob Marley and his music will last an eternity. This collection is a must have. For those that are just getting into Bob, his more recent songs are astounding. For more seasoned Marley fans, the early ska music and the early times with the wailers sinks into the soul.

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    Posted January 28, 2010

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