M.O.M., Vol. 3: Music for Our Mother Ocean

M.O.M., Vol. 3: Music for Our Mother Ocean

     
 
Rarely does a charity record seem so universal -- or so urgent. MOM III is a benefit album to raise money and awareness for the Surfrider Foundation,a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation ofthe world's oceans. So, it should make sense that just about every heavy inAmerican rock -- Lit, Smash Mouth,

Overview

Rarely does a charity record seem so universal -- or so urgent. MOM III is a benefit album to raise money and awareness for the Surfrider Foundation,a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation ofthe world's oceans. So, it should make sense that just about every heavy inAmerican rock -- Lit, Smash Mouth, Pearl Jam, Rage, the Beasties -- has come out to contribute to this sun-drenched collection. From bikini-cultureblowouts like Brian Setzer's team-up with Brian Wilson on "Little DeuceCoup" and Everclear's tear through "Walk Don't Run" to James Taylor'snavel-gazing "Gaia" and Chris Isaak's restive "Winter Waves," this CDattempts to be all things to all beachcombers, and -- fluffy one-offs aside -- often succeeds. Beck's laid back and loopy "Electric Music and the SummerPeople" is a blue lagoon of po-mo pleasure, while the Beasties' skate-punkflailings give us a glimpse into what Elvis Costello once called "the otherside of summer." Call it a good collection for a great cause, and don't passit up.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The third benefit album for the Surfrider Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving oceans, is as weirdly scattershot as the two other MOM albums, and just as enjoyable. As with any tribute album, MOM, Vol. 3 is certainly a collection of moments, balanced somewhere between the good and the mediocre. To its credit, the Surfrider Foundation gets major artists to deliver exclusive songs to their record. Even better, they're lucky to get first-rate music from these artists, most notably with Beck's terrific, frazzled beach party song "Electric Music and the Summer People" and Pearl Jam's strangely ambitious "The Whale Song." These, along with Snoop Dogg & Rage Against the Machine's duet on "Snoop Bounce," are the most notable new recordings, but they aren't the only worthwhile moments, either. Brian Setzer and Brian Wilson knock out an enjoyable "Little Deuce Coupe," Everclear tackles "Walk Don't Run" as if they were the Pixies, Chris Isaak's "Winter Waves" is a cool breeze of Beach Boys pop, the Beasties' "Nothing to Say" is a fun punk throwaway, and several other cuts aren't bad, either. Of course, there are a few trying moments as well -- record companies should agree that alternative bands are banned from doing ironic covers of oldies (particularly, Sprung Monkey's "Coconut"), even if it is for a good cause -- but they're not enough to sink the collection. The best thing about MOM, Vol. 3 is that almost all of it is exclusive material. Not counting the Butthole Surfers' remix of Jane's Addiction's "Ocean Size," Paul McCartney and James Taylor are the only ones that dig into the vaults for their contributions, but this is one case when the good intentions outweigh the end result. It's impossible to imagine most listeners grooving on every track on the album, but it's still more enjoyable than most tribute or benefit albums.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/1999
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0720616223326
catalogNumber:
162233

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beastie Boys   Track Performer
Jimmy Buffett   Track Performer
Butthole Surfers   Track Performer
Chris Isaak   Track Performer
Jane's Addiction   Track Performer
Paul McCartney   Track Performer
Pearl Jam   Track Performer
Red Hot Chili Peppers   Track Performer
James Taylor   Track Performer
Brian Wilson   Track Performer
Brian Setzer   Track Performer
Gary Hoey   Track Performer
Snoop Dogg   Track Performer
Beck   Track Performer
Lisa Loeb   Track Performer
Ben Harper   Track Performer
Tom Morello   Track Performer
Brad Wilk   Track Performer
Everclear   Track Performer
Paul McCartney & Wings   Track Performer
Sprung Monkey   Track Performer
Lit   Track Performer
Smash Mouth   Track Performer
Allison Moorer   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Beastie Boys   Composer,Producer
Chris Isaak   Producer
Paul McCartney   Composer,Producer
Pearl Jam   Producer
James Taylor   Producer
Peter Collins   Producer
Johnny Smith   Composer
A.W.O.L.   Composer
Gary Hoey   Producer
Beck   Producer
Lisa Loeb   Producer
Mario Caldato   Producer
Terry Date   Producer
Perry Farrell   Producer
Frank Filipetti   Producer
Don Gilmore   Producer
Kenny Greenberg   Producer
Ben Harper   Composer,Producer
Dave Jerden   Producer
Paul Leary   Producer
Linda McCartney   Composer
Brendan O'Brien   Producer
J.P. Plunier   Producer
Rick Rubin   Producer
Jim Wirt   Producer
Nigel Godrich   Producer
Juan Patino   Producer
Michael Utley   Producer
Lit   Producer
Dave Kaplan   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Art Alexakis   Producer
Chris Covert   Creative Consultant
Peter Paterno   Contributor
Ken Davis   Producer
Pierce Flynn   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Todd Smith   Producer
Joe Thomas   Producer
Jeff Devine   Art Direction

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