is the third solo album by Freedom – No Compromise Little Steven released in 1987.
Following on the moderate success of
Artists United Against Apartheid's " Sun City", Steven Van Zandt's next record was a full-on dance-rock record, verging in places on world music. Bruce Springsteen and Rubén Blades join Van Zandt on lead vocals on "Native American" and "Bitter Fruit", respectively. Politics even more at the forefront than before, centering on U.S. transgressions in Central America, South Africa, and against Native Americans.
The old Disciples of Soul had almost completely disappeared.
Track listing [ edit ]
All songs written and arranged by Little Steven
"Freedom" - 5:12
"Trail of Broken Treaties" - 5:59
"Pretoria" - 5:12
"Bitter Fruit" - 6:15
"No More Party's" - 5:39
"Can't You Feel the Fire" - 4:35
"Native American" - 5:33
"Sanctuary" - 6:04
Personnel [ edit ]
Steve Van Zandt - Guitar, dulcimer, vocals
Steve Jordan, David Beal, Keith LeBlanc - drums Romeo Williams,
Doug Wimbish, T.M. Stevens - bass
Bernie Worrell, Paul Shaffer, Greg Phillinganes, Tommy Mandel, Richard Scher - keyboards
Bruce Springsteen - vocals on "Native American"
Rubén Blades - vocals on "Bitter Fruit", percussion David Beal, Monti Louis Ellison - percussion
Hilario Soto - Toyo
Zoe Yanakis - Bass Flute
Kenny Moore, Cobra Jones,
Will Downing, Craig Derry, Wendell Morrison, Floyd Westerman, Tina B., Audrey Wheeler, Brenda White-King, Steve Jordan, Oren Waters, Julia Waters, Luther Waters, Maxine Waters, Debra Byrd, Elicia Wright, Benjamin Newberry, Sechaba Cultural Singers, Zola Dube, Tshepo Tsotetsi, Moeketsi Bodibe, Tnemba Ntinga, Mweli Mzizi, South African Students Committee of UCLA, Abner Mariri, Mendiswa Mzamne, Ronald Kunene, Kindiza Ngubeni, Nonhlanhla Simelane, Motlole Moseki - background vocals
Allmusic review [ edit ]
Freedom - No Compromise received three out of five stars from John Franck of Allmusic. He claims that "...in 1987, Little Steven would release Freedom No Compromise - the E Street-er's third solo record to date. Synth-ladden textures, samples, and programming aside, Freedom No Compromise is an ambitious if somewhat over-produced effort. Although, certainly not as accomplished as Steven's sensational debut , the album features some fair to very good material. Overall, a good effort, but not a great one. For a better taste of the artist, spend some quality time with Men Without Women Men Without Women."
Chart Performance [ edit ]
Singles [ edit ]
"No More Party's" was released as a single but did not chart.
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