Label: Smithsonian Folkways - R 023 • Format: 3x, Vinyl LP Box Set • Country: US • Genre: Funk / Soul, Blues, Folk, World, & Country •
The civil rights movement used freedom songs to spread their message, adapting folk and pop tunes with contemporary topical lyrics, or writing new songs addressing social injustice in general, and injustice for African-Americans in particular. This is a two-CD, song compilation of such songs, recorded live in mass meetings in churches between and The SNCC Freedom Singers, including in their ranks future Camden Market - Angus - London Honey in the Rock mainstay Bernice Johnson Reagon who wrote the liner notescontribute quite a few tracks, but the majority are by less professional soloists and choirs.
Historically speaking, this is a valuable document of a movement whose importance cannot be underestimated; if nothing else, it's interesting to see how folk and pop songs including such unlikely candidates as Ray Charles' "Hit the Road Jack" were changed to reflect struggle for equality.
Musically speaking, it's not that captivating; the fidelity is sometimes rough, and the performances interesting purely from an archival standpoint.
This isn't meant to diminish in any way the significance of these songs, just to say that they were effective mostly as organizing tools, not as pure musical statements.
Listeners will need to have a strong interest in the historical context of these recordings to justify their purchase, because as music it can make for a dry experience.
Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Track Listing - Disc 1. The Freedom Singers.
This Little Light of Mine. Get on Board, Children. Calypso Freedom. Freedom Now Chant. Oh, Freedom. Ain' Scared of Nobody.
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms. We Are Soldiers in the Army. Go Tell It on the Mountain. John W. Wade in the Water. Come Bah Yah. Walk With Me Lord. Jesus on the Mainline. Freedom Train. We're Marching Still Water (Peace) - Four Tops - 50th Anniversary to Freedom Land.
We Shall Overcome. Track Listing - Disc 2. We'll Never Turn Back. We Shall Not Be Moved. Certainly Lord. Get Your Rights, Jack. Curtis Mayfield. Which Side Are You On? Florence Reece. Been in the Storm So Long. Dog, Dog. James Bevel. Oh Pritchett, Oh Kelly.
I Told Jesus. Ninety-Nine and a Half Won't Do. I'm on My Way. City Called Heaven. In the Mississippi River. Marshall "Rock" Jones. Will the Circle Be Unbroken.
Governor Wallace. Ballad of Medgar Evers. Uncle Tom's Prayer. Oginga Odinga. This Little Light of Mine Traditional. Get on Board, Children Traditional. Calypso Freedom Oginga Odinga - Various - Voices Of The Civil Rights Movement (Black American Freedom Songs 1960-196. Oh, Freedom Traditional. Ain' Scared of Nobody Traditional. Leaning Oginga Odinga - Various - Voices Of The Civil Rights Movement (Black American Freedom Songs 1960-196 the Everlasting Arms Traditional.
Wade in the Water Traditional. Odell Brown & The Organ-izers - Raising The Roof With Me Lord Traditional. Jesus on the Mainline Traditional. Freedom Train Traditional. We Shall Overcome Traditional.
Certainly Lord Traditional. Been in the Storm So Long Traditional. Dog, Dog James Bevel. Oh Pritchett, Oh Kelly Traditional. I Told Jesus Traditional. I'm on My Way Traditional. City Called Heaven Traditional.
Will the Circle Be Unbroken Traditional. Oginga Odinga Marshall "Rock" Jones.
A World Of Fantasy - Triumph - Stages, Rosa - Nada - Ti Stringerò, You Know How It Is - Shorty Rogers - Chances Are It Swings, Jesus Come Back - Ramases - Space Hymns, Ghost Note - English Dogs - The Thing With Two Heads