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9th August 2019

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FREEDOM SOUNDS
Various Artists (1970)

Bamboo BDLP 205
Matrix: BDLP 205 A-1 *T / BDLP 502 B-1 *T

Lee Arab (Ernest Ranglin); Stay A Little Bit Longer (Larry Marshall); Funny Man (Horace Andy); Wire Higher (Jackie Mittoo); Do The Reggae (Freedom Singers); Freedom Horn (Carl Bryan) // Rome (Larry Marshall); Your Love Gets Sweeter (Irvin Brown); Freedom Street (Freedom Singers); Soul Food (Im & David with Sound Dimension); Mun Dun Gu (Im & David with Sound Dimension); Midnight Soul (Im & David with Sound Dimension)

Originally issued in the UK in a laminated sleeve printed in England by Richard Davis Limited. Note the mistake in the stamped matrix for Side 2, where 502 is lightly scratched out and 205 inscibed above by hand (hardly discernable on some later pressings). The cover design is by Horace Ove. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

All tracks are in mono, most of which are exclusive to this LP. Only four tracks were released as singles - Do The Reggae was originally released in Jamaica on the Coxsone label; Stay A Little Bit Longer was released as a single in the UK on the Banana label; Soul Food was released in the UK on the Bamboo and Ashanti labels, credited to Sound Dimension; in Jamaica it was titled Money Maker and credited to Im & David (on a Studio 1 label) and to Im, David & Scorcher, or Jackie Mittoo, on Coxsone labels. Mun Dun Gu was also released in the UK on the Bamboo label credited to Sound Dimension. Funny Man (Side 1 track 3) is credited to Freedom Singers but is actually by Horace Andy.

FREEDOM SOUNDS
Various Artists (c.1970)

Coxsone
Matrix: BDLP 205 A-1 *T / BDLP 502 B-1 *T

FREEDOM SOUND
Various Artists (1980s)

Studio One BOLP-250A
Matrix: BDLP 205 A-1 *T / BDLP 502 B-1 *T

FREEDOM SOUND
Various Artists (1980s)

Studio One BOLP-250A
Matrix: BDLP 205 A-1 *T / BDLP 502 B-1 *T

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FREEDOM SOUND
Various Artists (1980s)

Studio One BOLP-250A
Matrix: BDLP 205 A / BDLP 205 B

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FREEDOM SOUNDS
Various Artists (c.2004)

Studio One SOLP 1205
Matrix: BDLP 205 STUDIO ONE иии BDLP 205 A / BDLP 205 B

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FreedomSoundsBamboo200
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Lee Arab (Ernest Ranglin); Stay A Little Bit Longer (Larry Marshall); Funny Man (Horace Andy); Wire Higher (Jackie Mittoo); Do The Reggae (Freedom Singers); Freedom Horn (Carl Bryan) // Rome (Larry Marshall); Your Love Gets Sweeter (Irvin Brown); Freedom Street (Freedom Singers); Soul Food (Im & David with Sound Dimension); Mun Dun Gu (Im & David with Sound Dimension); Midnight Soul (Im & David with Sound Dimension)

Jamaican repress from the UK stampers in a Bamboo Records laminated sleeve. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

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Rome (Larry Marshall); Your Love Gets Sweeter (Irvin Brown); Freedom Street (Freedom Singers); Soul Food (Im & David with Sound Dimension); Mun Dun Gu (Im & David with Sound Dimension); Midnight Soul (Im & David with Sound Dimension) // Lee Arab (Ernest Ranglin); Stay A Little Bit Longer (Larry Marshall); Funny Man (Horace Andy); Wire Higher (Jackie Mittoo); Do The Reggae (Freedom Singers); Freedom Horn (Carl Bryan)

1980s US repress from the UK stampers. Sides are reversed, so that Side 1 plays matrix BDLP 502 B-1 *T. This is reflected in the track list on the sleeve but not on the labels. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

The title now becomes FREEDOM SOUND (singular), and the Studio One catalogue number on the sleeve and the label (BOLP 250A) differs from the Bamboo release. No artists are credited on the sleeve or the label.

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Lee Arab (Ernest Ranglin); Stay A Little Bit Longer (Larry Marshall); Funny Man (Horace Andy); Wire Higher (Jackie Mittoo); Do The Reggae (Freedom Singers); Freedom Horn (Carl Bryan) // Rome (Larry Marshall); Your Love Gets Sweeter (Irvin Brown); Freedom Street (Freedom Singers); Soul Food (Im & David with Sound Dimension); Mun Dun Gu (Im & David with Sound Dimension); Midnight Soul (Im & David with Sound Dimension)

Another Jamaican repress from the UK stampers in a Bamboo Records laminated sleeve. The label now carries the Studio One catalogue number and singular title but no artist credits. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

Lee Arab (Ernest Ranglin); Stay A Little Bit Longer (Larry Marshall); Funny Man (Horace Andy); Wire Higher (Jackie Mittoo); Do The Reggae (Freedom Singers); Freedom Horn (Carl Bryan) // Rome (Larry Marshall); Your Love Gets Sweeter (Irvin Brown); Freedom Street (Freedom Singers); Soul Food (Im & David with Sound Dimension); Mun Dun Gu (Im & David with Sound Dimension); Midnight Soul (Im & David with Sound Dimension)

Later 1980s Jamaican reissue with hand scribed matrix in a non-laminated reproduction Bamboo sleeve.
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Lee Arab (Ernest Ranglin); Stay A Little Bit Longer (Larry Marshall); Funny Man (Horace Andy); Wire Higher (Jackie Mittoo); Do The Reggae (Freedom Singers); Freedom Horn (Carl Bryan) // Rome (Larry Marshall); Your Love Gets Sweeter (Irvin Brown); Freedom Street (Freedom Singers); Soul Food (Im & David with Sound Dimension); Mun Dun Gu (Im & David with Sound Dimension); Midnight Soul (Im & David with Sound Dimension)

US reissue with hand scribed matrices (note the double matrix on Side 1). The label is black print on silver background. Cover art & design by O'Neil Nanco. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

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