Songs of Freedom

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Songs of Freedom
Box set by Bob Marley and the Wailers
Released October 6, 1992
Recorded 1961–1980
Genre Reggae
Length Approx. 4 hours
Label Tuff Gong
Bob Marley and the Wailers chronology
Talkin' Blues
(1991)
Songs of Freedom
(1992)
Natural Mystic
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars[2]

Songs of Freedom is a four-disc box set containing music by Bob Marley and the Wailers, from Marley's first song "Judge Not" recorded in 1961, to a live version of "Redemption Song", recorded in 1980 at his last concert.

The song "Iron Lion Zion" was first released on this compilation, in what is often considered the original mix (although the original is said to not have included the harmony vocals from the I-Threes). The single releases (and subsequent compilation releases) use a remix which was created for the single using modern production, which sounds very different.

"Why Should I" was remixed for this compilation and released as a single. The original wasn't released until the JAD/Universal box set Man To Man in 2004. The original was recorded in 1971 and features Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer's backing vocals, which were replaced by The I-Threes on the remix.

It is said to be complementary to the greatest hits compilation Legend, in the sense that any of the tracks with the same names are presented in different versions from the normal single mixes on Legend - as an example see the number of 12" mixes in the track listing below. The exception is the original version of "Get Up, Stand Up".

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original release Length
1. "Judge Not"   Bob Marley Non-album single (1962) 2:26
2. "One Cup of Coffee"   B. Marley Non-album single (1962) 2:34
3. "Simmer Down"   B. Marley The Wailing Wailers (1965) 2:50
4. "I'm Still Waiting"   B. Marley The Wailing Wailers (1965) 3:07
5. "One Love/People Get Ready"   B. Marley, Curtis Mayfield The Wailing Wailers (1965) 3:21
6. "Put It On"   B. Marley The Wailing Wailers (1965) 3:08
7. "Bus Dem Shut (Pyaka)"   B. Marley Non-album single (1967) 2:47
8. "Mellow Mood" (original) B. Marley Non-album single (1967) 3:31
9. "Bend Down Low"   B. Marley Non-album single (1967) 2:30
10. "Hypocrites"   B. Marley Non-album single (1967) 2:36
11. "Stir It Up" (original) B. Marley Non-album single (1967) 3:13
12. "Nice Time"   B. Marley Non-album single (1967) 2:44
13. "Thank You Lord" (original) B. Marley Non-album single (1967) 3:41
14. "Hammer"   B. Marley Previously unreleased 2:57
15. "Caution"   B. Marley The Best of The Wailers (1971) 2:45
16. "Back Out"   B. Marley The Best of The Wailers (1971) 2:18
17. "Soul Shake Down Party"   B. Marley The Best of The Wailers (1971) 3:06
18. "Do It Twice"   B. Marley The Best of The Wailers (1971) 2:49
19. "Soul Rebel"   B. Marley Soul Rebels (1970) 3:19
20. "Sun Is Shining"   B. Marley Soul Revolution (1971) 2:11
21. "Don't Rock My Boat"   B. Marley Soul Revolution (1971) 4:32
22. "Small Axe"   B. Marley Non-album single 3:57
23. "Duppy Conqueror"   B. Marley Soul Revolution (1971) 3:39
24. "Mr. Brown"   B. Marley Non-album single 3:32

Disc two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original release Length
1. "Screwface"   B. Marley Non-album single (1971) 2:23
2. "Lick Samba"   B. Marley Non-album single (1971) 2:33
3. "Trenchtown Rock" (alternative mix) B. Marley Non-album single (1971) 3:28
4. "Craven Choke Puppy"   B. Marley Non-album single (1971) 2:53
5. "Guava Jelly"   B. Marley Non-album single (1971) 2:18
6. "Acoustic Medley" (medley of "Guava Jelly", "This Train", "Cornerstone", "Comma Comma", "Dew Drops", "Stir It Up" and "I'm Hurting Inside") B. Marley Previously unreleased 12:09
7. "I'm Hurting Inside" (alternative mix) B. Marley Non-album single (1972) 3:29
8. "High Tide or Low Tide"   B. Marley Previously unreleased 4:09
9. "Slave Driver"   B. Marley Catch a Fire (1973) 2:51
10. "No More Trouble"   B. Marley Catch a Fire (1973) 3:59
11. "Concrete Jungle"   B. Marley Catch a Fire (1973) 4:11
12. "Get Up, Stand Up"   B. Marley, Peter Tosh Burnin' (1973) 3:14
13. "Rastaman Chant"   Traditional, arr. The Wailers Burnin' (1973) 3:51
14. "Burnin' and Lootin'"   B. Marley Burnin' (1973) 4:13
15. "Iron Lion Zion" (original) B. Marley Previously unreleased 2:56
16. "Lively Up Yourself"   B. Marley Natty Dread (1974) 5:11
17. "Natty Dread"   Rita Marley, Allen Cole Natty Dread (1974) 3:34
18. "I Shot the Sheriff" (live) B. Marley Live! (1975) 5:26

Disc three[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original release Length
1. "No Woman No Cry" (live at The Roxy) Vincent Ford Previously unreleased 5:22
2. "Who the Cap Fit"   Aston Barrett, Carlton Barrett Rastaman Vibration (1976) 4:41
3. "Jah Live"   B. Marley, Lee Perry Non-album single (1976) 4:15
4. "Crazy Baldheads"   B. Marley, Ford Rastaman Vibration (1976) 3:10
5. "War"   Cole, C. Barrett Rastaman Vibration (1976) 3:36
6. "Johnny Was"   R. Marley Rastaman Vibration (1976) 3:46
7. "Rat Race"   R. Marley Rastaman Vibration (1976) 2:59
8. "Jamming" (12-inch mix) B. Marley Exodus (1977) 5:45
9. "Waiting in Vain" (advert mix) B. Marley Exodus (1977) 3:59
10. "Exodus" (12-inch mix) B. Marley Exodus (1977) 7:25
11. "Natural Mystic"   B. Marley Exodus (1977) 3:28
12. "Three Little Birds" (alternate mix) B. Marley Exodus (1977) 2:56
13. "Running Away"   B. Marley Kaya (1978) 4:14
14. "Keep on Moving" (London version) B. Marley Previously unreleased 5:44
15. "Easy Skanking"   B. Marley Kaya (1978) 2:55
16. "Is This Love" (horns mix) B. Marley Kaya (1978) 4:00
17. "Smile Jamaica"   B. Marley, Perry Non-album single (1976) 3:13
18. "Time Will Tell" (live) B. Marley Kaya (1978) 3:32

Disc four[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original release Length
1. "Africa Unite"   B. Marley Survival (1979) 2:54
2. "Survival"   B. Marley Survival (1979) 3:52
3. "One Drop"   B. Marley Survival (1979) 3:51
4. "One Dub"   B. Marley "One Drop" b-side (1979) 3:53
5. "Zimbabwe"   B. Marley Survival (1979) 3:47
6. "So Much Trouble in the World"   B. Marley Survival (1979) 3:57
7. "Ride Natty Ride" (12-inch mix) B. Marley Survival (1979) 6:22
8. "Babylon System"   B. Marley Survival (1979) 4:18
9. "Coming in from the Cold" (12-inch mix) B. Marley Uprising (1980) 6:04
10. "Real Situation"   B. Marley Uprising (1980) 3:08
11. "Bad Card"   B. Marley Uprising (1980) 2:48
12. "Could You Be Loved" (12-inch mix) B. Marley Uprising (1980) 5:26
13. "Forever Loving Jah"   B. Marley Uprising (1980) 3:51
14. "Rastaman Live Up"   B. Marley Confrontation (1983) 5:21
15. "Give Thanks and Praises"   B. Marley Confrontation (1983) 3:14
16. "One Love/People Get Ready" (12-inch mix) B. Marley, Mayfield Exodus (1977) 7:08
17. "Why Should I"   B. Marley Previously unreleased 3:33
18. "Redemption Song" (live in Pittsburgh) B. Marley Previously unreleased 4:08

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