Dark Was the Night: Red Hot Compilation

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The 20th Red Hot compilation Dark Was the Night also arrives during the AIDS charity's 20th anniversary. Curated by the National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner and John Carlin, this double-disc set plays like a who's who of late 2000s indie rock, especially of the mellow and/or folky variety: Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, Iron & Wine, Sufjan Stevens, Feist, Ben Gibbard, and Jose Gonzalez all contribute tracks. Though Carlin and the Dessners didn't specify a particular theme for the project outside of updating traditional themes, Dark Was the Night's first disc is remarkably cohesive. Bon Iver's "Brackett, WI," the Decemberists' "Sleepless," the National's "So Far Around the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The 20th Red Hot compilation Dark Was the Night also arrives during the AIDS charity's 20th anniversary. Curated by the National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner and John Carlin, this double-disc set plays like a who's who of late 2000s indie rock, especially of the mellow and/or folky variety: Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, Iron & Wine, Sufjan Stevens, Feist, Ben Gibbard, and Jose Gonzalez all contribute tracks. Though Carlin and the Dessners didn't specify a particular theme for the project outside of updating traditional themes, Dark Was the Night's first disc is remarkably cohesive. Bon Iver's "Brackett, WI," the Decemberists' "Sleepless," the National's "So Far Around the Bend," and Iron & Wine's "Stolen Houses (Die)" are quintessential examples of what these artists are all about. Many of the brightest moments have a spooky, strangely antique feel, particularly the Kronos Quartet's update of Blind Willie Johnson's title track, which keeps the ruminative soulfulness and grit of the original while transporting it to a very different setting. Antony Hegarty and Bryce Dessner's take on Bob Dylan's "I Left Home When I Was Young" is similarly lonely and haunting, but the real standouts is My Brightest Diamond's ambitious cover of "Feelin' Good," which nods to Nina Simone's classic version while staying true to Shana Worden's chilly yet intimate musical vision. Likewise, Feist's collaboration with Grizzly Bear on "Service Bell" brings out an unearthly, almost unrecognizable side to her voice. Dark Was the Night's second disc is more disjointed, but arguably a more interesting listen -- Spoon's brash "Well-Alright," the Arcade Fire's anthemic "Lenin," and Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings' slinky cover of Shuggie Otis' "Inspiration Information" have little in common other than that they're all well-crafted. Skipping from indie hip-hop ("Blood, Pt 2," Buck 65's remix of Sufjan Stevens' cover of Castanets' "You are the Blood" featuring rapper Serengeti) to filmic Americana (Andrew Bird's take on the Handsome Family's "The Giant of Illinois") to roots rock (My Morning Jacket's "El Caporal"), there's little rhyme or reason but lots of entertainment. Other highlights include the Dirty Projects' and David Byrne's "Knotty Pine," Stuart Murdoch's simple and beautiful "Another Saturday," and Blonde Redhead and Devastations' dreamy, unsettling "When the Road Runs Out." Though some of the tracks contributed by Dark Was the Night's artists are a touch too predictable, it's uncharitable to nitpick too much when the collection offers so much music for such a good cause.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/17/2009
  • Label: 4ad / Ada
  • UPC: 652637283525
  • Catalog Number: 72835
  • Sales rank: 39,364

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Knotty Pine (2:23)
  2. 2 Cello Song - José González (3:54)
  3. 3 Train Song - Feist (3:02)
  4. 4 Brackett, WI (4:03)
  5. 5 Deep Blue Sea (3:46)
  6. 6 So Far Around the Bend - The National (3:43)
  7. 7 Tightrope (3:18)
  8. 8 Feeling Good (3:53)
  9. 9 Dark Was the Night (3:51)
  10. 10 I Was Young When I Left Home - Bryce Dessner (4:55)
  11. 11 Big Red Machine (4:39)
  12. 12 Sleepless (7:53)
  13. 13 Die (1:06)
  14. 14 Service Bell - Grizzly Bear (2:23)
  15. 15 You Are the Blood - Sufjan Stevens (10:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Well-Alright - Spoon (2:45)
  2. 2 Lenin (4:06)
  3. 3 Mimizan - Beirut (2:42)
  4. 4 El Caporal (3:33)
  5. 5 Inspiration Information - Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings (4:05)
  6. 6 With a Girl Like You - David Andrew Sitek (3:26)
  7. 7 Blood, Pt. 2 - Serengeti (3:36)
  8. 8 Hey, Snow White (4:25)
  9. 9 Gentle Hour (5:31)
  10. 10 Another Saturday (2:55)
  11. 11 Happiness (8:37)
  12. 12 Amazing Grace - Cat Power (3:34)
  13. 13 The Giant of Illinois - Andrew Bird (4:44)
  14. 14 Lua - Conor Oberst (5:53)
  15. 15 When the Road Runs Out (3:28)
  16. 16 Love vs. Porn (3:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Byrne Guitar, Vocals
Mike O'Brien Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Hank Dutt Viola
David Guy Trumpet
David Harrington Violin
Joel Katz Background Vocals
John Moen Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
John Sherba Violin
Gillian Welch Guitar, Vocals
Sharon Jones Vocals, Background Vocals
David Rawlings Guitar
Judah Bauer Guitar
Victor Axelrod Piano
Bosco Mann Glockenspiel
Chan Marshall Vocals
Erik Paparozzi Bass
Neal Sugarman Tenor Saxophone
Mike Olsen Cello
Fernando Velez Conga
Gregg Foreman Piano
Stuart Murdoch Organ, Vocals
Nate Query Upright Bass
David Cossin Drums
Zac Rae Guitar, Keyboards
Stuart Bogie Horn, Tom-Tom, Mellotron, Vibes
Ben Gibbard Electric Guitar, Vocals
Jim James Guitar, Vocals
Mick Cooke Keyboards
Carl Broemel Guitar, Horn
Brian Wolfe Drums
Howard Bilerman Drums
Charles Spearin Trumpet
Ohad Benchetrit Bass, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Chris Funk Banjo, Guitar
Colin Meloy Guitar, Vocals
Jenny Conlee Piano, Accordion
Kevin Drew Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Floor Tom
Ian Hendrickson-Smith Baritone Saxophone
David Andrew Sitek Synthesizer, Bass, Vocals
Padma Newsome Organ, Viola, Vocals
Bryce Dessner Guitar, Electric Guitar
Matt Berninger Vocals
Aaron Dessner Bass, Guitar, Piano, Electric Bass, Vocals
Bryan Devendorf Drums
Scott Devendorf Vocals
Shara Worden Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
José González Vocals
Maria Jeffers Strings, Cello
Nick Movshon Bass
Win Butler Guitar, Vocals
Régine Chassagne Piano, Vocals
Richard Reed Parry Steel Drums
Tim Kingsbury Bass
Will Butler Synthesizer
Sarah Neufeld Violin
Bo Koster Keyboards
Patrick Hallahan Drums
Nico Muhly Celeste
Antony Hegarty Vocals
Amber Coffman Vocals
Olivier Manchon Strings
Rob Moose Strings, Violin
Lisa Molinaro Viola, Background Vocals
Binky Griptite Guitar
Homer Steinweiss Drums
Kyle B. Resnick Trumpet, Vocals
Jeffrey Zeigler Cello
Zach Condon Percussion, Accordion, Flugelhorn, Glockenspiel, Vocals
Ben Lanz Trombone
Kendrick Strauch Piano
Serengeti Rap
Justin Vernon Vocals
Thomas Brenneck Guitar
Alex Sopp Flute
Marla Hansen Strings
Nick Petree Percussion
Nathan Lithgow Bass
Nadia Sirota Viola
Angel Deradoorian Vocals
DM Stith Vocals
Hideaki Aomori Clarinet
Steve Jackson Guitar
Brian McComber Drums
Colin Oberst Guitar, Vocals
Sebastian Krueger Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Jim White Drums
Technical Credits
Blind Willie Johnson Composer
Nick Drake Composer
David Byrne Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Shuggie Otis Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
John Carlin Executive Producer
Joe Chiccarelli Producer
Mark Greenberg Engineer
David Harrington Producer
Joe Lambert Mastering
Anthony Newley Composer
Reg Presley Composer
Jeff Saltzman Engineer
Chris Taylor Producer
Blonde Redhead Composer
Brett Sparks Composer
Scott Colburn Producer
Rennie Sparks Composer
Gustave Doré Artwork, Illustrations
Paul Heck Producer
Phil Palazzolo Engineer
Peter Katis Engineer
Chan Marshall Arranger
Nicolas Vernhes Engineer
Buck 65 Remixing
Traditional Composer
Peter J. Gutteridge Composer
Vashti Composer
Sufjan Stevens Instrumentation
John Collins Engineer
Jim James Composer, Producer
Mick Cooke Engineer
Daniel Bejar Composer
Jeremy Lemos Engineer
Stephen Prutsman Arranger
Sam Beam Composer
Jenny Lewis Composer
Howard Bilerman Engineer
Ohad Benchetrit Engineer
Conor Oberst Composer
Colin Meloy Composer
David Andrew Sitek drum programming
Padma Newsome Orchestration
Bryce Dessner Producer, Engineer
Matt Berninger Composer
Aaron Dessner Composer, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Alasdair Clayre Composer
Dirty Projectors Composer
Shara Worden Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Arcade Fire Composer
Nico Muhly Engineer, Orchestration, String Arrangements
Raymond Raposa Composer
Edward Droste Composer
Robbie Lackritz Engineer
Zach Condon Composer
Devastations Composer
Justin Vernon Composer, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Yeasayer Composer
Nick Petree Engineer
Anand Wilder Instrumentation
Luke Fasano Instrumentation
Ira Wolf Tuton Instrumentation
Chris Keating Instrumentation
Scott Fraser Producer, Engineer
Jónsi & Alex Composer
Gillian Bar Representation
Ryan Feerer Packaging, Cover Art
Miwa Okumura Producer
Alex Somers Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best. compilation. EVER.

    that is all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Took me a few listens...

    This one took me a few listens to warm up to. It's not my usual genre choice. Still I found several previously unknown(to me) artists to follow further.

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