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Dark Was the Night

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Editors’ Notes

The Red Hot Organization has been raising money and awareness for AIDS/HIV relief since 1989 with compilations like 1990's Red Hot and Blue and 1993's No Alternative; Dark Was the Night marks its 20th release. Following an alchemic collaboration by Dirty Projectors and David Byrne, the Books and Jose Gonzales unveil a gorgeous version of Nick Drake's "Cello Song" that blends big wooden cello tones with soft, sequenced beats. Feist's angelic voice raises the bar high as she and Ben Gibbard give Vashti Bunyan's "Train Song" some otherworldly harmonies. Kronos Quartet's antiquated-sounding title track utilizes old-timey production in an earnest homage to Blind Willie Johnson. Likewise, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings don't stray too far from Shuggie Otis' original recipe on the soulfully mellow "Inspiration Information." Even Cat Power gets rootsy with Dirty Delta Blues on a southern steeped take of "Amazing Grace." But not all that glitters is old. Conor Oberst and Gillian Welch bequeath a beautiful rendition of Bright Eyes' "Lua" from 2004's I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning.

Customer Reviews

Buy the entire album, its for a good cause.

Profits of this double CD go to the Red Hot Organization which is an HIV/AIDS awareness charity. But if that's not your thing, buy the entire CD for the amazing Sufjan Stevens' song (preview doesn't do it justice) along with all the other great artists.

for This Mortal Coil fans...

It's about time (believe me when I saw a track titled Blood Pt. 2, I almost flipped) and for such a worthy cause. I can't stress how deliciously different this 2 cd project/collaboration is. Some of the finest indie artists doing what music lovers love most; Incredible song presentations. This is a treasure to be sure. Thanks to David Byrne, those eclectic brothers from The National, and the Red Hot Organization, we finally have the perfect desert island disc(s). For those who love Pink Floyd and soundscaping material, this will be a soundtrack for your life. Many things to come from these folks, that's for sure. Standout tracks are: Train Song, Deep Blue Sea, Tightrope, Feeling Good, Service Bell and the immaculately conceived, You Are The Blood, sure to be a classic composition for years to come. Check this one out. Better yet, just buy it. Vil Towers

Great Bands, Half Hearted Songs

While for a good cause, don't expect to be blown away by this compilation.  I expected the select tracks from such great bands to really shine, even more so when reading the liner notes.  Needless to say I was disappointed for the most part when it turned out the majority of the tracks in this collection rank up there with a bunch of unreleased B-sides that couldn't even make the cut on a special edition album put out by the original band. A couple tracks stand out from the rest and worth a listen and since it is for a good cause I won't tell you which ones, splurge and buy the full album and feel better knowing you contributed to a good cause.

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