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Not Alone - Medicins Sans Frontieres
     

Not Alone - Medicins Sans Frontieres

 
Now this is an unwieldy yet treasure of a thing to be sure. Not Alone -- Medicins Sans Frontieres is a very economically priced, five-CD box set by a loose-knit group of artists under the umbrella "Musicians Sans Frontieres" to benefit the medical association known internationally as Doctors Without Borders. Assembled by Current 93's

Overview

Now this is an unwieldy yet treasure of a thing to be sure. Not Alone -- Medicins Sans Frontieres is a very economically priced, five-CD box set by a loose-knit group of artists under the umbrella "Musicians Sans Frontieres" to benefit the medical association known internationally as Doctors Without Borders. Assembled by Current 93's David Tibet and Jnana/Durtro's Mark Logan, it collects 86 cuts (mostly unknown or new) by 75 artists, many of whom one would never expect to be on a compilation project together. "We Are the World" this ain't. The sequencing must have been a nightmare, but for the most part it flows beautifully. Disc one puts together Durtro artists such as Baby Dee, John Contreras, Little Annie with Fürsaxa, Allen Ginsberg(!), Devendra Banhart, Keiji Haino, Matmos and Howie B, just to name a few. The reading of Gram Parsons' "A Song for You," taken from one of the soundchecks from their live album, is a box set highlight and a shining star on this inaugural platter. It's understated, raw, and deeply emotive. Likewise, Baby Dee's "When You Found Me" is a shatteringly beautiful redemptive song that could have come directly from the English-ballad-fakebook-meets-Harry Nilsson -- when he's not busllsh*tting -- and Tiny Tim. Fans of Antony and the Johnsons (who are also on the set) would be well-advised to check this out. There are other moods here, too, such as Haino's "fleeting panic-stricken shriveled equal temperament," a wildish noise scree populated by electronics, unidentifiable instruments and a flute. Disc two includes pieces Japanese improv mystic L, Six Organs of Admittance, Pantaleimon, Aube, Richard Buckner, Vashti Bunyan (an original home demo), Japanese psych rockers Suishou No Fune, Jarboe, Edward Ka-Spel, Larsen, Thighpaulsandra, and Dolly Collins, among others. It starts to really get weird on the third CD. Alexander Neilson and Richard Youngs appear together, Teenage Fanclub is here, as are Charlemagne Palestine, the Bevis Frond, Faun Fables, Isobel Campbell, Jad Fair, and Antony and the Johnsons, all of whom are highlights. But let it be said that nothing here, absolutely nothing, feels like filler, nothing feels tossed off or haphazard. Logan's aesthetic sense is not only keen, but spot-on. He's worked hard not to place things together by genre or subgenre, but sonically. This will be immediately evident should the listener drop all five discs in a CD player and hit random play. Disc four collects Max Richter, Current 93, Pearls Before Swine (a radio broadcast from 1972), Thurston Moore, Bill Fay, Marissa Nadler, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, and Clodagh Simonds; the mood is a bit folksier here, but it is all of a piece, where sonics, lyric concerns and approaches differ widely. The final selection places Marc Almond and Simon Finn on tracks one and two! Jim O'Rourke is here as are Coil, Shock Headed Peters, John Maslen, Small Creatures, and the collection is taken out by Japan's psych-folk rockers Ghost recorded live in Los Angeles in 2004. Along with the five discs and a nice slipcase box, there is a handsome booklet that contains no photos, but a short essay by Logan on how the project came together, his own attitude while assembling it, and complete track information, including when cuts were previously released and where they came from (again, there are surprisingly few, no more than one or two per disc, and even these will be hard to come by for the most part). Perhaps it should also be noted that the complete proceeds from the sale of this box set go to Doctors Without Frontiers. It can be ordered directly from Jnana for $25 plus shipping from www.jnanarecords.com.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/2006
Label:
Durtro / Jnana
UPC:
0621617535923
catalogNumber:
1963
Rank:
233763

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Fly Away - And Then What?
  2. A Song for You
  3. Brian
  4. Forgotten Language of Light
  5. In Lieu Of
  6. When You Found Me
  7. Yesterday I Was a Cow
  8. Sea World
  9. A Song for the Appeal
  10. Sweet Shadow Heart
  11. An Exploration of a Spacious Yet Enclosed Domain
  12. Freddy and Me
  13. It's Coming
  14. Fleeing Panic-Stricken Shriveled Equal Temperment
  15. On Another's Sorrow
  16. A Sight to Behold
  17. Without Borders

Disc 2

  1. Mantra
  2. The First Flower People
  3. Do You Want to Go Somewhere?
  4. Indulge Yourselves with Our Delicious Monster
  5. You Will Be the Sun
  6. Poor Sally Sits a Weeping
  7. Because
  8. Sticks & Stones
  9. Il Sogno di Momi
  10. The Same But Different
  11. Song for My Father
  12. Star Malloy
  13. In the Clouds
  14. Change My World
  15. Movement
  16. Denial
  17. Somebody

Disc 3

  1. Someone Always Talks
  2. Snowballin'
  3. The Transit Rider
  4. Unbelievable
  5. Right on the Line
  6. Endless
  7. Hole in My Soul
  8. Espoir Guerison
  9. House of Constant Song
  10. Hit the Road
  11. Back Home Again
  12. The Beat Goes On
  13. Prah Pip Ta
  14. Long Dark Shadow
  15. I Need Direction
  16. Therapy
  17. Crazy Horses

Disc 4

  1. Heliogabalus
  2. Huntsville Affair
  3. No Thing
  4. The Work of Washing
  5. Judgement Day
  6. Flowers for Yulia
  7. It's the Small Things Now
  8. Song for Doctors Without Borders
  9. Waiting for the Sky to Fall
  10. Ubu Noir
  11. The Glacial Lake
  12. Come My Love
  13. Piractes
  14. Stoney Mansion
  15. Our Lady of the Barren Tree
  16. Parallelograms
  17. Sunset
  18. Our Lady
  19. Sex Addiction

Disc 5

  1. Our Love My Love
  2. Crow Flies
  3. The Gate of Polished Horn
  4. City of Dreams
  5. Thee Seeding Ship
  6. Naoru
  7. Shadow Makes a Snow Angel
  8. Everything Was Handed Down
  9. Over the Sea
  10. Bump
  11. The Robin's Tiny Throat
  12. Wild Spaces
  13. The Postal Workers Night Out
  14. Broccoli
  15. Aaron's Rod (Spared)
  16. Daggma

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shirley Collins   Vocals
Allen Ginsberg   Harmonium,Vocals
Marc Almond   Vocals
Steve Cohn   Guitar
Edward Ka-Spel   Vocals
Kim Larsen   Vocals
Tom Rapp   Guitar,Vocals
Jarboe   Piano,Vocals
John Balance   Vocals,Arp 2600
Karl Blake   Track Performer
Dolly Collins   Piano
Milt Holland   Percussion
Julia Kent   Cello
Robert Lee   Track Performer
John Neufeld   Flute,Saxophone
Reinie Press   Guitar,Electric Bass
Nick Saloman   Vocals
Clodagh Simonds   Harmonium,Vocals
David Surkamp   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Soloist
David Tibet   Vocals
Doug Wieselman   Clarinet
Linda Perhacs   Guitar,Vocals
Toby Martin   Drums
Jamie Stewart   Guitar
Tom Recchion   Tape,electronics
Gary Ramon   Guitar,Vocals
Paul Geluso   Bass
Masaki Batoh   Guitar
Michio Kurihara   Guitar
Kazuo Ogino   Piano,Keyboards
Taishi Takizawa   Theremin,tin whistle
Joolie Wood   Violin,Vocals
Winsome Evans   Harpsichord
Rose McDowall   Track Performer
Cliff Stapleton   Hurdy-Gurdy
Andria Degens   Track Performer
Steven Taylor   Guitar,Background Vocals
Noe Venable   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Isobel Campbell   Vocals
Russell Barrett   Bass,Background Vocals
Drew Daniel   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bagpipes,Ocarina,Psaltery,Sampling,Track Performer,Shaker
Roberto Maria Clemente   Guitar
Paolo Dellapiana   Bass,Accordion,electronics
Tony Soave   Drums
Ches Smith   Drums
Michael Yonkers   Vocals
Ben Chasny   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Ryan Hildebrand   Sounds
Einar Örn   Track Performer
Dawn McCarthy   Bass,Percussion,Autoharp,Vocals
Scott Stapleton   Piano,Vocals
Simon Finn   Guitar,E-bow
Lynn Jackson   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Junzo Tateiwa   Percussion,Drums,Didjeridu
Takuyuki Moriya   Bass
John Contreras   Cello
Sarah Hallman   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Steve Hywyn   Track Performer
Damian Ives   Bass
Kageo   Guitar
David Knight   Track Performer
Pirako Kurenai   Guitar,Vocals
L   Vocals
Todd Cohen   Drums

Technical Credits

Shirley Collins   Arranger
Allen Ginsberg   Composer
Gram Parsons   Composer
Edward Ka-Spel   Instrumentation
Bill Fay   Composer
Charles Aznavour   Composer
Jad Fair   Composer
William Blake   Poetry
Sonny Bono   Composer
Peter Christopherson   Composer,Sound Design
Dolly Collins   Arranger
Genesis P-Orridge   Composer
Michael Gira   Composer
Howie B   Producer,Engineer
Gerard Love   Composer
Thurston Moore   Composer
Alan Osmond   Composer
Wayne Osmond   Composer
Nick Saloman   Composer,Instrumentation
Steve Stapleton   Composer
David Surkamp   Composer
David Tibet   Composer
Richard Buckner   Composer,Instrumentation
Linda Perhacs   Composer,Electronic Effects
Stephen Thrower   Composer,Producer
Christoph Heemann   Producer
Luke Doucet   Composer
Merrill Osmond   Composer
Tom Recchion   Composer,Loop
Gary Ramon   Producer
Larry Thrasher   Composer
Will Oldham   Composer
Rose McDowall   Composer
William Basinski   Composer
Baby Dee   Composer
Andria Degens   Composer
Thighpaulsandra   Composer
Andrew Chalk   Producer
Max Richter   Composer,Producer
Traditional   Composer
Vashti   Composer
Richard Bignell   Engineer
Eric Lanzillotta   Composer
Brett Smiley   Composer
Larsen   Composer
Marco Milanesio   Producer,Engineer
Edan Cohen   Producer,Engineer
Michael Yonkers   Composer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Ben Chasny   Composer
irr. app. (ext.)   Composer
NQ Arbuckle   Composer
James William Hindle   Composer,Engineer
Dawn McCarthy   Composer
Mark Logan   Liner Notes
Simon Finn   Composer
Marissa Nadler   Composer
Lynn Jackson   Composer,Producer
John Contreras   Composer
7 Year Rabbit Cycle   Composer
Myles Baer   Producer,Engineer
Rick Klaver   Art Direction
Ossian Brown   Composer
Mary 5E   Composer
John Maslen   Composer
John Terrill   Composer
Stephanie Wolkmar   Composer
Steve Hywyn   Composer
Pirako Kurenai   Composer
L   Composer,Instrumentation
Drew Mulholland   Composer

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