Favorite Acoustic Songs #3 - "Redemption Song"

@teamfreak16 (42070)
Denver, Colorado
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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• Preston, England
25 Sep 17
one of his best numbers by far
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
26 Sep 17
That says a lot considering just how many great songs he wrote.
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• Preston, England
26 Sep 17
@teamfreak16 never heard a bad Marley song
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
26 Sep 17
@arthurchappell - Nope. Not a single one.
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@FourWalls (15885)
• United States
25 Sep 17
I used this in my "songs songs" countdown, so needless to say, I...think it's okay. "Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds." What a line, and more important today than ever before.
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
26 Sep 17
There are people that definitely need to hear this particular message these days.
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@Kind4321 (850)
• Nairobi, Kenya
25 Sep 17
reggae music again...my all time favorite.I long for reggae nights here in my country and i try to attend as much as possible :)
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
26 Sep 17
I used to live next door to a guy from Kenya. He loved reggae too.
@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
26 Sep 17
I used to live next door to a guy from Kenya. He loved reggae too.
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@Kind4321 (850)
• Nairobi, Kenya
26 Sep 17
@teamfreak16 I am a fun to,,,,anytime any day!Glad to know you had a neighbor from my country is he there still?
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@JohnRoberts (65416)
• Los Angeles, California
27 Sep 17
Reggae never advanced beyond being a niche genre. Marley had mass popularity that didn't translate to reggae in general.
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
27 Sep 17
I know a few people that call themselves reggae fans because they listen to Bob Marley. Yet they can't name any other reggae band.
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@JohnRoberts (65416)
• 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.
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@FayeHazel (21433)
• United States
25 Sep 17
I thought it was one song... it's a different one. Thanks for the heads up
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
26 Sep 17
What did you think it was, out of curiosity?
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@FayeHazel (21433)
• 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
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
26 Sep 17
@FayeHazel - Oh yes, I remember that. Probably a pretty common confusing, actually.
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@allen0187 (34149)
• Philippines
4 Oct 17
Love this song!
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
4 Oct 17
It's definitely one of his best.
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@allen0187 (34149)
• Philippines
4 Oct 17
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@Phelly02 (467)
• Philippines
26 Sep 17
I really like the message of this song, one of the best song of Bob Marley
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
26 Sep 17
It is definitely one of my favorites by him.
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@NJChicaa (47656)
• United States
25 Sep 17
Love this song!
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
26 Sep 17
I know, it's definitely one of his best.
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@TRBRocks420 (84697)
• Banks, Oregon
25 Sep 17
This was the first one I ever heard by him, been a fan ever since true legend.
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
26 Sep 17
Nice. I don't even remember what the first one of his that I heard.
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