June 10: Bob Marley and the Wailers released “Uprising” in 1980

In the end, however, Bob Marley leaves us with a stark testament: “Redemption Song,” which he sings solo, accompanied only by his acoustic guitar. As the artist performs this folk ballad (with its aching cry of “Won’t you help to sing, these songs of freedom/’Cause all I ever had, redemption songs,” so reminiscent of the young Bob Dylan), one feels a man reaching out and grappling with the dreadful possibilities of liberation and disaster. Such a tour de force, like much of Uprising, is as moving as it is deeply troubling.
-Chris Morris (rollingstone.com)

Redemption Song:

Released 10 June 1980
Recorded January–April 1980
Studio Tuff Gong Studios, Kingston, Jamaica
Genre Reggae
Length 35:53
Label Tuff Gong/Island
Producer Chris Blackwell, Bob Marley


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