Various - Dark Was The Night download mp3 album
Dark Was the Night is the twentieth compilation release benefiting the Red Hot Organization, an international charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS. Featuring exclusive recordings by a number of independent artists and production by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, the compilation was released on 16 February 2009 (UK) and 17 February (US) as a double CD, three vinyl LPs, and as a digital download
Two decades later, they follow with Dark Was the Night, a collection of 31 new and exclusive songs from most of the heavy hitters of the NPR-friendly wing of indie music. Produced by Red Hot, along with the National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner, the vast majority of the songs on this collection are worth owning regardless of where the money is going. I confess though: My first reaction to listening to this all the way through was negative. When focusing on what's not here rather than what is, Dark Was the Night comes off as a gray, monotone look at the current indie landscape and, as a result, works best in small batches. It's missing not only rhythm and electronics- more hip-hop, anything in the DFA axis, . Animal Collective, et. but volume and velocity as well. Sure, it's a charity record not a party soundtrack, but No Alternative was full of actual rock songs.
10. I Was Young When I Left Home. 13. Die. 14. Service Bell. Much of the album seem to be B-side material, so I would go into it with that thought in mind. And let's be honest, most of this music, sans a few artists, are bands that basicaly mimic sounds and bands from the late 60's and 70's. And in the case of Sharon Jones, literally mimic 70's R&B radio fare. Cat Power's cover of "Amazing Grace" is simply unbearable for me. They do it very well, but it's not original or overly creative many times.
Every song on the album is gold, there’s not a shred of filler, but still there are a few moments that shine out from the splendorous musical jamboree that is this compilation. The Books, those perennial folktronica innovators, team up with Sweden’s Jose Gonzalez to give a haunting cover of Nick Drakes Cello Song, while Feist and Ben Gibbard from Death Cab For Cutie delight us with a soulful duet rendition of Train Song. However the real high point of the album for me was the inclusion of The Arcade Fire’s Lenin, a song initially intended for inclusion on their first album Funeral. Actually the track almost didn’t make it on, coming in a day before the deadline for completion, but thank god it made it and it is the cherry on top of the musical fudge laded sonic Sunday that is this compilation.
Included are both "God Moves on the Water" and "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground," which are both utterly necessary, along with the classics "Praise God I'm Satisfied," "Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed," "John the Revelator," and 11 others.
Release group by Various Artists. This double album of mostly original compositions opens with an upbeat and wacky collaboration from Dirty Projectors and David Byrne, who also appeared on the original Red Hot album. Two more excellent collaborations follow. The first, a cover of Nick Drake's Cello Song is an album highlight; Jose Gonzalez's sweet vocals combine beautifully with an electro beat and austere cello. Next the distinctive vocals of Feist and Ben Gibbard's exquisite slide guitar produce a winsome version of Vashti Bunyan's Train Song. Disc one ends with the epic, sprawling You Are The Blood from.
The only real problem from a writing perspective (and a listening one too, I suppose) is simply where to begin. As a crystallisation of his fervent ambition and talent it’s bang on the money; as an indication where he might be headed come his next album proper it’s positively tantalising. Who’d have thought it’d be Stevens bringing the noise to this party? Ah, crikey.
|1-1||–Dirty Projectors + David Byrne||Knotty Pine|
|1-2||–The Books featuring José González||Cello Song|
|1-3||–Feist + Ben Gibbard||Train Song|
|1-4||–Bon Iver||Brackett, W9|
|1-5||–Grizzly Bear||Deep Blue Sea|
|1-6||–The National||So Far Around The Bend|
|1-8||–My Brightest Diamond||Feeling Good|
|1-9||–Kronos Quartet||Dark Was The Night|
|1-10||–Antony + Bryce Dessner||I Was Young When I Left Home|
|1-11||–Justin Vernon + Aaron Dessner||Big Red Machine|
|1-15||–My Morning Jacket||El Caporal|
|2-1||–Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings||Inspiration Information|
|2-2||–Dave Sitek*||With A Girl Like You|
|2-3||–Sufjan Stevens||You Are The Blood|
|2-4||–Buck 65 remix featuring Sufjan Stevens & Serengeti||Blood Pt 2|
|2-5||–The New Pornographers||Hey,Snow White|
|2-6||–Yo La Tengo||Gentle Hour|
|2-7||–Iron & Wine*||Die|
|2-8||–Grizzly Bear + Feist||Service Bell|
|2-11||–Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues||Amazing Grace|
|2-12||–Stuart Murdoch||Another Saturday|
|2-13||–Andrew Bird||The Giant Of Illinois|
|2-14||–Conor Oberst + Gillian Welch||Lua|
|2-15||–Blonde Redhead + Devastations||When The Road Runs Out|
|2-16||–Kevin Drew||Love Vs. Porn|
Notes2 X CDr in a gatefold plastic sleeve w. Xeroxed, folded cover.
|DAD 2835CD||Various||Dark Was The Night (2xCD, Comp)||4AD||DAD 2835CD||UK & US||2009|
|WPCB-10103/04||Various||Dark Was The Night (2xCDr, Promo, Sup)||4AD||WPCB-10103/04||Japan||2009|
|HN597CD||Various||Dark Was The Night (2xCD, Comp)||High Note Records||HN597CD||Taiwan||2009|
|165. Belgium 19||Various||Dark Was The Night (2xCD, Comp, Promo)||Not On Label||165. Belgium 19||Belgium||2009|
|CAD 2835 CD||Various||Dark Was The Night (Sampler) (CD, Comp, Promo, Smplr)||4AD||CAD 2835 CD||US||2009|