Freedom – No Compromise

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Freedom - No Compromise
Studio album by Little Steven
Released 1987
Genre Dance-rock, world
Length 44:29
Label EMI
Producer Little Steven
Little Steven chronology
Voice of America
Freedom - No Compromise
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C[2]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars [3]

Freedom – No Compromise is the third solo album by 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

  1. "Freedom" - 5:12
  2. "Trail of Broken Treaties" - 5:59
  3. "Pretoria" - 5:12
  4. "Bitter Fruit" - 6:15
  5. "No More Party's" - 5:39
  6. "Can't You Feel the Fire" - 4:35
  7. "Native American" - 5:33
  8. "Sanctuary" - 6:04


Allmusic review[edit]

Freedom - No Compromise received three out of five stars from John Franck of Allmusic. He claims that " 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 Men Without Women, 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."

Chart Performance[edit]


Chart (1987) Position
The Billboard 200 80
Dutch Albums Chart[4] 51
Swedish Albums Chart[5] 3
Norwegian Albums Chart[6] 11
German Albums Chart[7] 48


Single Chart (1987) Position
"Trail of Broken Treaties" Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[8] 29
"Bitter Fruit" Norwegian Singles Chart[6] 25
"Bitter Fruit" Swedish Singles Chart[5] 12
"Bitter Fruit" Dutch Singles Chart[4] 25
"Bitter Fruit" German Singles Chart[7] 69
  • "No More Party's" was released as a single but did not chart.


  1. ^ Franck, John. "Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul Freedom No Compromise review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 1, 1987). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ Hotten, Jon (28 May 1987). "Little Steven 'Freedom No Compromise'". Kerrang! 147. London, UK: Spotlight Publications ltd. p. 13. 
  4. ^ a b "Dutch Charts > Little Steven"
  5. ^ a b "Swedish Charts > Little Steven"
  6. ^ a b "Norwegian Charts > Little Steven"
  7. ^ a b " > Little Steven (in German)"
  8. ^ "Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul Songs (Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography)"