Free Like We Want 2 B

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Free Like We Want 2 B
Studio album by Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
Released July 11, 1995
Genre Reggae
Label Elektra
Producer The Melody Makers
Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers chronology
Joy and Blues
(1993)
Free Like We Want 2 B
(1995)
Fallen Is Babylon
(1997)

Free Like We Want 2 B is an album by Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers released in 1995.

Perhaps more than any of the Melody Maker's previous releases, this album showcases the individual talents of each bandmember. The result is one of their most consistently inventive and musically varied sets. The stripped down, propulsive "Power to Move Ya" leads off, followed by the title track, a classic Ziggy composition about the real meaning of freedom.

Sharon and Cedella then share lead vocals for the first time on the excellent "Today". Track four, "Water and Oil"-- a biting metaphor for the relationship between rastas and politicians—features a dread DJ turn by brother Stephen. "Live It Up" follows, a Ziggy composition with a sweet I-Threes style chorus. Stephen introduces Miss "Tipsy Dazy", and follows this with a beautiful ballad-like number called "Bygones". Next up is the Jamaican top-ten single "Hand to Mouth". Track 9, titled "In the Flow" is a funky slow jam with a wicked bass line. "Don't Go Nowhere" is followed by "G7", a calypso-like commentary on the politics of greed. Stephen's "Keep On" and Ziggy's heartfelt "Beautiful Mother Nature" round out the set.

"Free Like We Want 2 B" marks another milestone in the Melody Maker's recording history: it was the first release for their new label, and it was recorded at the new Marley Music studio in Kingston, Jamaica.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Power To Move Ya"
  2. "Free Like We Want 2 B"
  3. "Today"
  4. "Water and Oil"
  5. "Live It Up"
  6. "Tipsy Dazy"
  7. "Bygones"
  8. "Hand to Mouth"
  9. "In The Flow"
  10. "Don't Go Nowhere"
  11. "G7"
  12. "Keep On"
  13. "Beautiful Mother Nature"