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Bob Marley and The Wailers – Redemption Song (1980)

Sometimes there are “all time classics” that morph into “hoary old chestnuts” – and, though it hurts me to say this, Teenage Kicks by The Undertones is an example of a record that has been bludgeoned to death by over exposure.

Then there are records which, no matter how may times you play them, never grow old. The whole of “Closer” by Joy Division, “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder, “This Old Heart of Mine” by the Isley Brothers, “Lost in Music” by Chic, “Computer Love” by Kraftwerk …. I could go on but you get the picture.

Redemption Song is one of the latter.

Emancipate youself from mental slavery

Almost the only record I know that seems to strike the deepest of chords whether you be from Jamaica, the UK, South Africa, New Zealand, Japan or anywhere else on earth.

Three versions ….the acoustic solo version by Bob Marley is the killer. The “whole band” version pales by comparison but then the inspiration is revived by a great Youtube montage of amateur cover versions from around the world.

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