Set Us Free

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Set Us Free
Set Us Free.jpg
Studio album by Reuben Wilson
Released 1971
Recorded July 23, 1971
Genre Jazz
Length 31:36
Label Blue Note
Producer George Butler
Reuben Wilson chronology
A Groovy Situation
(1970)A Groovy Situation1970
Set Us Free
The Sweet Life
(1972)The Sweet Life1972

Set Us Free is the fifth album by American organist Reuben Wilson recorded in 1971 and released on the Blue Note label.[1]


The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4 stars and stated "it's a wildly textured and seamless aural meld of gritty B-3 jams, smooth yet psychedelic soul, rock, pop, and funk... somehow, this ambitious, lushly orchestrated album not only sounds current, but still ahead of its time. Highly recommended".[2] The song "We're in Love" has been sampled multiple times, most famously by DJ Premier on Nas' 1994 debut album Illmatic in the song "Memory Lane (Sittin' in da Park)". It was also sampled in the song "I Ain't the Damn One" by rapper Scientifik.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Reuben Wilson except as indicated
  1. "Set Us Free" (Eddie Harris) - 5:10
  2. "We're in Love" - 3:30
  3. "Sho-Nuff Mellow" - 4:34
  4. "Mr. Big Stuff" (Joseph Broussard, Carol Washington, Ralph Williams) - 4:36
  5. "Right on with This Mess" (W. Marcus Bey) - 4:32
  6. "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" (Marvin Gaye) - 3:41
  7. "Tom's Thumb" - 5:33
  • Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on July 23, 1971.



  1. ^ Blue Note Records discography accessed December 1, 2010
  2. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed December 1, 2010