(2013) Songs Of Freedom

Bob Marley & The Wailers

... read moreOriginally 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...

04:58′:23″ 78 Songs

Disk 1

1
(Not available) Judge Not
Bob Marley & The Wailers
2:27
2
(Not available) One Cup Of Coffee
Bob Marley & The Wailers
2:34
3
(Not available) Simmer Down
Bob Marley & The Wailers
2:48
4
(Not available) I'm Still Waiting
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:05
5
(Not available) One Love/ People Get Ready (Original Version)
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:19
6
(Not available) Put It On
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:06
7
(Not available) Bus Dem Shut
Bob Marley & The Wailers
2:47
8
(Not available) Mellow Mood (Original Version)
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:29
9
(Not available) Bend Down Low
Bob Marley & The Wailers
2:31
10
(Not available) Hypocrite
Bob Marley & The Wailers
2:36
11
(Not available) Stir It Up (First Version)
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:10
12
(Not available) Nice Time
Bob Marley & The Wailers
2:43
13
(Not available) Thank You Lord (Original Version)
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:41
14
(Not available) Hammer
Bob Marley & The Wailers
2:57
15
(Not available) Caution
Bob Marley & The Wailers
2:43
16
(Not available) Back Out
Bob Marley & The Wailers
2:17
17
(Not available) Soul Shake Down Party
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:04
18
(Not available) Do It Twice
Bob Marley & The Wailers
2:47
19
(Not available) Soul Rebel
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:19
20
(Not available) Sun Is Shining
Bob Marley & The Wailers
2:11
21
(Not available) Don't Rock The Boat
Bob Marley & The Wailers
4:30
22
(Not available) Small Axe
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:55
23
(Not available) Duppy Conqueror
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:39
24
(Not available) Mr. Brown
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:33

Disk 2

1
(Not available) Screw Face
Bob Marley & The Wailers
2:23
2
(Not available) Lick Samba
Bob Marley & The Wailers
2:33
3
(Not available) Trenchtown Rock (Alternate Mix)
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:28
4
(Not available) Craven Choke Puppy
Bob Marley & The Wailers
2:52
5
(Not available) Guava Jelly
Bob Marley & The Wailers
2:16
6
(Not available) Acoustic Medley
Bob Marley & The Wailers
12:09
7
(Not available) I'm Hurting Inside
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:29
8
(Not available) High Tide Or Low Tide
Bob Marley & The Wailers
4:08
9
(Not available) Slave Driver
Bob Marley & The Wailers
2:51
10
(Not available) No More Trouble
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:58
11
(Not available) Concrete Jungle
Bob Marley & The Wailers
4:11
12
(Not available) Get Up, Stand Up
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:15
13
(Not available) Rastaman Chant
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:49
14
(Not available) Burnin' And Lootin'
Bob Marley & The Wailers
4:13
15
(Not available) Iron Lion Zion
Bob Marley & The Wailers
2:56
16
(Not available) Lively Up Yourself
Bob Marley & The Wailers
5:11
17
(Not available) Natty Dread
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:34
18
(Not available) I Shot The Sheriff (Live At The Lyceum, London/1975)
Bob Marley & The Wailers
5:24

Disk 3

1
(Not available) No Woman No Cry (Live At The Roxy)
Bob Marley & The Wailers
5:24
2
(Not available) Who The Cap Fit
Bob Marley & The Wailers
4:42
3
(Not available) Jah Live
Bob Marley & The Wailers
4:15
4
(Not available) Crazy Baldhead
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:10
5
(Not available) War
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:37
6
(Not available) Johnny Was
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:47
7
(Not available) Rat Race
Bob Marley & The Wailers
2:49
8
(Not available) Jammin' (12" Mix)
Bob Marley & The Wailers
5:45
9
(Not available) Waiting In Vain
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:59
10
(Not available) Exodus (12" Mix)
Bob Marley & The Wailers
7:25
11
(Not available) Natural Mystic
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:28
12
(Not available) Three Little Birds
Bob Marley & The Wailers
2:57
13
(Not available) Running Away
Bob Marley & The Wailers
4:14
14
(Not available) Keep On Moving (London Version)
Bob Marley & The Wailers
5:44
15
(Not available) Easy Skanking
Bob Marley & The Wailers
2:56
16
(Not available) Is This Love
Bob Marley & The Wailers
4:00
17
(Not available) Smile Jamaica
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:13
18
(Not available) Time Will Tell
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:31

Disk 4

1
(Not available) Africa Unite
Bob Marley & The Wailers
2:54
2
(Not available) Survival
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:52
3
(Not available) One Drop
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:52
4
(Not available) One Dub
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:53
5
(Not available) Zimbabwe
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:48
6
(Not available) So Much Trouble In The World
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:57
7
(Not available) Ride Natty Ride (12" Mix)
Bob Marley & The Wailers
6:23
8
(Not available) Babylon System
Bob Marley & The Wailers
4:19
9
(Not available) Coming In From The Cold (12" Mix)
Bob Marley & The Wailers
6:04
10
(Not available) Real Situation
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:09
11
(Not available) Bad Card
Bob Marley & The Wailers
2:47
12
(Not available) Could You Be Loved (12" Mix)
Bob Marley & The Wailers
5:27
13
(Not available) Forever Loving Jah
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:51
14
(Not available) Rastaman Live Up
Bob Marley & The Wailers
5:20
15
(Not available) Give Thanks & Praises
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:14
16
(Not available) One Love / People Get Ready (12" Mix)
Bob Marley & The Wailers
7:08
17
(Not available) Why Should I
Bob Marley & The Wailers
3:31
18
(Not available) Redemption Song (Live In Pittsburgh)
Bob Marley & The Wailers
4:07
Released 29 November 2013, ℗ 1992 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

Review

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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine