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When Songs of Freedom was released originally in 1992, it was a perfect complement to either a greatest hits collection like Legend or the entire collection of the reggae master's albums. Songs boasts enough of the recognizable from Marley's canon to address the hit seeker, but the set also reaches way, way back to include Marley's first single, the youthful "Judge Not" from 1962, and then closes more than four hours later with a 1980 live take of "Redemption Song" from his last concert. In between are live takes, studio remixes, and, of course, standard looks at Marley standards, playing together as a perfect balance between the familiar and the new. The flow of famous takes increases into CDs 3 and 4, where "No Woman, No Cry" appears from a 1976 set at the Roxy and where "Jammin'" and "Exodus" come in mixes that were new to fans in 1992. Of course these four CDs show in wide-angle view exactly how fantastic and commercially improbable Marley was. He was able to popularize tunes about both the repression of African nations and their liberation while also bringing to rock audiences an undeniably Jamaican music, breaking the U.S. and British geographic strongholds on the 1970s pop and rock marketplace. Never mind that he made Island Records' first fortune, he also created a body of work so lasting that a four-CD set heavy on alternate versions can stand out in any contemporary music collection. For the 1999 reissue of the original 1992 box set, no new music has been added. The format has changed, though, from a long-box presentation to a cube containing individual slipcased CDs. It's still a remarkable gem. --Andrew Bartlett

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  2. One Cup Of CoffeeRobert Marley 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Simmer DownThe Wailers 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. I'm Still WaitingThe Wailers 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  8. Mellow Mood (Original Version)The Wailers 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  3. Trenchtown Rock (Alternate Mix)The Wailers 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Craven Choke PuppyThe Wailers 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Guava JellyThe Wailers 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Acoustic MedleyBob Marley12:08Album Only
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  8. High Tide Or Low TideThe Wailers 4:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Slave DriverBob Marley 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. No More TroubleBob Marley 3:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
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12. Get Up, Stand UpThe Wailers 3:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Rastaman ChantThe Wailers 3:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Burnin' And Lootin'The Wailers 4:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. Iron Lion ZionBob Marley 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Lively Up YourselfBob Marley 5:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
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18. I Shot The Sheriff (Live At The Lyceum, London/1975)Bob Marley 5:24$1.29  Buy MP3 


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  1. No Woman No Cry (Live At The Roxy)Bob Marley 5:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Who The Cap FitBob Marley 4:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Jah LiveBob Marley 4:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Crazy BaldheadBob Marley 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. WarBob Marley 3:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Johnny WasBob Marley 3:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Rat RaceBob Marley 2:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Jammin' (12" Mix)Bob Marley 5:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Waiting In VainBob Marley 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Exodus (12" Mix)Bob Marley 7:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Natural MysticBob Marley 3:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Three Little BirdsBob Marley 2:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Running AwayBob Marley 4:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Keep On Moving (London Version)Bob Marley 5:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  8. Babylon SystemBob Marley 4:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Coming In From The Cold (12" Mix)Bob Marley 6:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
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11. Bad CardBob Marley 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Could You Be Loved (12" Mix)Bob Marley 5:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Forever Loving JahBob Marley 3:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Rastaman Live UpBob Marley 5:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. Give Thanks & PraisesBob Marley 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. One Love / People Get Ready (12" Mix)Bob Marley 7:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
17. Why Should IBob Marley 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Redemption SongBob Marley 4:06$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 16, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1999
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Tuff Gong
  • ASIN: B00002R0MC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,722 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.9 out of 5 stars

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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 2000
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This is probably one of the best box sets I will ever own. The musicianship and artistry is remarkable across all four discs. It's consistently amazing.
Usually the downfall of a box set is that it's little more than a cleverly repackaged greatest hits album with lots and lots of filler. The genius behind this set is the diversity in the offering and the format. Yes, there are a number of "hit songs" on this box set, but they're generally in the form of remixes, alternate takes or live versions. This way, the listener can really aprpeciate the craftsmanship of the song and revel in amazement at all of the subtle nuances that go into Marley's songwriting and playing. I'm glad this found its way into mass production again. Bob's music is timeless and everyone deserves the privilege of hearing his music.
Hardcore fans and new fans alike will be amazed by the music contained in Songs of Freedom. Buy this one now.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By world class wreckin cru on September 25, 2003
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What can I say about Bob Marley that hasn't already been said? He is simply the greatest artist in reggae music's history, and this box set clearly demonstrates why. You can hear his music evolve from Disc 1 to Disc 4 as he becomes funkier, more political, more mature. You can hear his voice change from that of a teen to that of a mature singer/songwriter and national icon. A few of the reasons that elevate this box set to a desert island disc are:
1) Alternate takes of many classics including Could You Be loved, Jammin', No More Trouble, etc.
2) Live versions of I Shot the Sheriff, No Woman No Cry, Redemption Song
3) Stunning long acoustic medley on Disc 2 during which Marley sings parts of 7-8 songs including one of my favorites, Guava Jelly
4) Great sound and sequencing
Do yourself a favor and get this box set. For any music fan who wants to hear a musician evolve from great to the greatest, this box set is for you. For any Bob Marley fan, I probably don't have to convince you any further that Songs of Freedom is a must have.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By wailerjeffro on February 21, 2005
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I was very pleased when island decided to re-issue this set. Originally released in 1992 this sold out very quickly and a few years ago island decided to put it out again. don't let this set pass you by. The first disc starts out in Bob's early days and goes right on up to his death. Rare 12" mixes and demos and outtakes are included in this set. Redemption song is form Bob Marley's last concert with the Wailers in Pittsburgh in 1980. In my opinoin, it is the best live version of Redemption Song. There are no downfalls or quibbles to talk about for this set, every track is a classic, and you can listen to it over and over again. If you want to just buy one Bob Marley and the Wailers set, this should be it. A great set that includes many great songs and nice instrumentations, no reggae fan should be without this set. The booklet that comes with this set is also a nice bonus, you can become a Wailers expert overnight. If you listen to this set long enough, you'll become a Wailers addict for life. I guarantee it.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John on February 16, 2000
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40 out of the 42 preceeding reviews give this 5 stars (the other 2 give 4 stars). This in itself tells a story. Most box sets are usually for the devoted, but I feel that this one can work as an introduction to the brilliance of Bob Marley. It ranges from his early ska roots to the more refined hits of Redemption Song and One love. However, if you are a bit nervous about spending this much, rather get Legend, once that has worked it's spell on you, you can then progress to this. (Be warned though that this was unavailable for a good while so don't delay too long). One listen to this and you will realise that Marley IS reggae. Essential for Marley fans.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Miller on June 1, 2003
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I first heard Bob Marley's music in the 80's. A firend of the family had the Legend cd. I was immediatley entranced by the upbeat happy music and the mellow voice of marley. Since then I have evolved into a huge fan of all of his music. If you are going to buy one marley album than buy this one! It includes most of his more popular songs on discs 3 and 4. The first two discs are the gem of the set though in my opinion. The acoustic medley on disc two is numbing and the first disc showcases his talents at a young age. I was fortunate to have bought the set back in 92 when it was originally released and came with a booklet of song descriptions as well as a brief history of Marley. Although this set does not contain the book it is still a must have for the music content alone. Wether you're an avid fan or a casual listener this cd is a must have. It is over 4 hours of great music. I guarantee that anyone who buys this album will fall in love with it.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By supastar on April 10, 2000
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I'm a hypcorite because I haven't shelled out the $xx that it costs, but I ahve borrowed it before (disk 2)for the acoustic medley, which is absoloutely amazing. It is not just some little outtake that they found to try and put on as marketing blah blah, it is just bob and his guitar, wailing out songs that flow into one another like a single song to serenade a child or a love. Besides that, the set is pretty complete, though I guess everyone has their own favorite Bob stuff. Also, please give me a helpful vote as it helps me feel good.
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