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Songs of Freedom

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Songs of Freedom

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Bob Marley
music label:
81110
genre:
Reggae/Ska

We gave it a B+

Songs of Freedom is being billed as ”the complete Bob Marley collection,” but you’ll need to buy 1984’s greatest hits Legend if you want a truly complete Marley set. Even with 78 tracks, these four CDs manage to skip the originals of almost all his best- known songs. You get only alternate dance-dub mixes of ”Waiting in Vain” and ”Could You Be Loved,” live versions of ”I Shot the Sheriff” and ”No Woman No Cry,” and no versions of ”Buffalo Soldier” and ”Positive Vibration.” On the up side, the entire first disc amply displays the Wailers’ early ska and rock-steady fire under producers Leslie Kong, Clement Dodd, and Lee ”Scratch” Perry, and there are tons of fascinating obscurities and previously unreleased cuts. That makes Songs a collector’s wet dream — and a neophyte’s nightmare. B+

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