Favorite Acoustic Songs #3 - "Redemption Song"
September 25, 2017 3:45am CST
2am here in Colorado means it's a new day, which means a new entry in my @NJChicaa inspired Favorite Acoustic Songs series. We are at #3 in the countdown: "Redemption Song" by Bob Marley. "Redemption Song" is the final track on Marley's 1980 album, Uprising. Undoubtedly reggae music's most popular figure, Marley broke away from the genre with the song, an acoustic ballad comprised of just himself with an acoustic guitar. And while he wrote the song, Marley used part of a Marcus Garvey speech in his lyrics for "Redemption Song." A full band version was released as a single in both France and the UK, but it's the powerful acoustic original that remains the definitive version. "Redemption Song" has been covered numerous times, notably by Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Jackson Browne, No Use for a Name, Stevie Wonder, Joe Strummer and Johnny Cash, and Eddie Vedder and Beyonce. And that's just a sample. Decades after his death, Bob Marley remains the face of reggae, his shadow looming large over the genre. And yet, the decidedly non-reggae "Redemption Song" is among his best. Enjoy! (Info verified by Wikipedia)
Couldnt find this version on youtube so thought I'd upload it as it's my all time favourite Bob Marley song....no copyright infringement intended, this is ju...
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• Los Angeles, California
27 Sep 17
@teamfreak16 I can't probably name another reggae artist other than Ziggy off the top of my head but have listened to much reggae. Maybe people are put off because much has political content but one can ignore that and get with the joyful beat so often uplifting.
• United States
26 Sep 17
@teamfreak16 For some weird reason I was thinking it was a Sheryl Crow song "Maybe that's something" then I questioned why I would think that was so... Turns out she did a song called "Redemption Song" (which was a cover of Johnny Cash) - I listened to the Bob Marley one... seems to be a different song with the same title. Small world after all