Songs of Freedom - Bob Marley
4 CD(s) - Roots Reggae - Label: Island, Tuff Gong - Distributor: Universal Music - Released: 29/11/1999 - 731451443220
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Review of "Songs of Freedom - Bob Marley"
Well what can i say?This cd box set is everything you will ever need when it comes to Bob Marley his life and his music. This has got to be the biggest review written but due to the shear size of this album I cant possibly talk about individual songs.
BOB MARLEY- SONGS OF FREEDOMThis album has been released a couple of times, firstly on the 6th of october 1992 then again in 99.
Label: Tuff Gong
Length: Aprox. 4 hours
Front Cover: Is a dull black merging into an amber glow with a picture of a relatively youthful Bob playing his guitar with a spliff burning in his hands (the latter edition removed the spliff)Inside the case: The case opens like a book with two cds one side, two on the other and a booklet in the middle spanning the life of Marley. These cds are set in chronilogical order, when you remove each cd there is a picture of Bob taken around the time that the music contained in each cd was recorded.
As this compilation is all about Bob Marley I feel it is relevant to talk about his Bob and his life.Robert Nesta Marley was born in Nine Mile, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica on the 6th of February 1945.
His dad was called Norval Sinclair Marley, he was born in 1895, he was a white Jamaican with English family from Sussex. Norval was a Marine officer and captain, as well as a plantation officer, He married Cedella Booker,an eighteen-year-old black Jamaican.Bob's parents split up soon after Bob was born and died ten years later leaving Bobs mam unable to cope without maintanance from her estranged partner. They moved to Kingston Jamaica where Marley was bullied for being half caste. He soon was known as Tuff Gong because he learned self defence.
Bob like many other young Jamaicans dreamed of becoming famous through music and met up with Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingstone who shared Bobs passion for music and desire to become famous.Bob later formed the Wailers with Bunny and Peter and had massive hits with Simmer Down and Soul Rebel.
Catch A Fire, the Wailers first album was released worldwide in 1973, and sold well. Burnin followed a year on.Up,In December 1976,Bob conducted a free concert called Smile Jamaica organized by the Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley Before the concert gunmen tried to kill Bob at his house. Marley was treated with minor injuries in the chest and arm. The shooting was politically provocted as many felt the concert was really a support rally for Manley. however the concert went ahead and an injured Bob sang as promised
Marley moved to England in 1976 where he recorded his Exodus and Kaya. Exodus was in the British charts for 56 weeks.In July 77 Bob was diagnosed with cancer, he fought against the cancer and would have maybe recovered if it wasnt for his religion stopping him getting his foot amputated. Bob died on May 11, 1981.
So songs of freedom and the book that comes with it is a fascinating journey through the life of Bob with live performances and old rehersal recordings this is the biggest boldest album ever released. I would like to go through the tracks on the album now.CD 1:
One Cup of Coffee
I'm Still Waiting
One Love / People Get Ready"(original)
Put It On
Bus Dem Shut (Pyaka)
Mellow Mood (original)
Bend Down Low
Stir It Up (original)
Thank You Lord (original)
Soul Shake Down Party
Do It Twice
Sun Is Shining
Don't Rock the Boat
Trenchtown Rock (alternative mix)
Craven Choke Puppy
I'm Hurting Inside (alternative mix)
High Tide or Low Tide
No More Trouble
Get Up, Stand Up
Burnin' and Lootin'
Iron Lion Zion
Lively Up Yourself
I Shot the Sheriff (live)
CD 3:No Woman, No Cry (live at The Roxy)
Who the Cap Fit
Jamming (12" mix)
Waiting In Vain (advert mix)
Exodus (12" mix)
Three Little Birds (alternative mix)
Keep on Moving (London version)
Is This Love (horns mix)
Time Will Tell
So Much Trouble in the World
Ride Natty Ride (12" mix)
Coming In From the Cold (12" mix)
Could You Be Loved (12" mix)
Forever Loving Jah
Rastaman Live Up
Give Thanks and Praises
One Love / People Get Ready"(12" mix)
Why Should I
Redemption Song (live in Pittsburgh)
1. Acoustic Medley,
2. Bad Card
3.Rastaman Live Up
4.Forever Loving Jah
7. Judge Not
9.No Woman No Cry
10. Redemption Song
Now be careful when buying this because you can get ripped off (55 quid in Virgin Megastore. I paid 25 from CD WOW which was a bargain but even better check out Amazon and Ebay I have seen some real bargains on there.Loook after this cd too as the carboard case can start to get battered round the edges.
for more information on this great artist visit www.bobmarley.comThanks for reading
Product Information : Songs of Freedom - Bob Marley
Manufacturer's product description4 CD(s) - Roots Reggae - Label: Island, Tuff Gong - Distributor: Universal Music - Released: 29/11/1999 - 731451443220
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