"Hey Man, is that freedom rock? Yeah man! Well, turn it up, man!"
Do you remember this TV commercial -- the one with the two hippies who sold this classic rock compilation album out of the back of their van? I certainly do. In fact, I was one of those who purchased it. I wish I held onto it, because it's impossible to find today.
Back in the late 80s when Freedom Rock was released there was a full-on hippie revival in effect. Kids were dressing like their bohemian parents did in the 60s and the Grateful Dead were dragging a whole new generation of tye-died, patchouli-drenched longhairs across the country. The subculture still exists today, but during the 60s revival of the late eightees an enterprising company put together this compilation of 40 classic rock hits (many of which I have a hard time associating with either freedom or hippies).
The sold-only-on-TV collection was sold on 4 LPs, 3 cassettes or 2 CDs. And now 20 years past the release of the Freedom Rock compilation, the songs still stand up.
I have reconstructed most of the 40 songs from the Freedom Rock set for your modern day listening pleasure in Yahoo Music Jukebox and Rhapsody.
Turn it up man!
1. Turn, Turn, Turn - The Byrds
2. I'd Love To Change The World - Ten Years After
3. Locomotive Breath - Jethro Tull
4. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - Joan Baez
5. War - Edwin Starr
6. Black Magic Woman - Santana
7. Jump Into The Fire - Nilsson
8. Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple
9. United We Stand - Brotherhood Of Man
10. One Tin Soldier (The Legend Of Billy Jack ) - Coven
11. Somebody To Love - Jefferson Airplane
12. Going Up The Country - Canned Heat
13. Reach Out Of The Darkness - Friend And Lover
14. A Horse With No Name - America
15. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
16. Ramblin' Man - The Allman Brothers Band
17. Share The Land - The Guess Who
18. Friends - Elton John
19. Put Your Hand In The Hand - Ocean
20. Black & White - Three Dog Night
1. Layla - Derek & The Dominos
2. The Story In Your Eyes - The Moody Blues
3. Signs - Five Man Electrical Band
4. Sunshine - Jonathan Edwards
5. Love Train - The O'Jays
6. White Room - Cream
7. White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
8. Both Sides Now - Judy Collins
9. We May Never Pass This Way Again - Seals & Crofts
10. In The Year 2525 - Zager & Evans
11. Eighteen - Alice Cooper
12. Hush - Deep Purple
13. Get Together - The Youngbloods
14. The Beat Goes On - Sonny & Cher
15. Abraham, Martin & John - Dion
16. Lay Down - Melanie
17. I Got A Line On You - Spirit
18. Fire And Rain - James Taylor
19. Me And You And A Dog Named Boo - Lobo
20. Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding