Not Alone - Medicins Sans Frontieres

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2006
  • Label: Durtro / Jnana
  • UPC: 621617535923
  • Catalog Number: 1963
  • Sales rank: 160,503

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fly Away - And Then What? - irr. app. (ext.) (4:12)
  2. 2 A Song for You - Damon & Naomi (4:09)
  3. 3 Brian - John Contreras (3:48)
  4. 4 Forgotten Language of Light - Mirror (4:58)
  5. 5 In Lieu Of - Fürsaxa (2:33)
  6. 6 When You Found Me - Baby Dee (4:04)
  7. 7 Yesterday I Was a Cow - Howie B (4:24)
  8. 8 Sea World - Tom Recchion (3:09)
  9. 9 A Song for the Appeal - Matmos (3:39)
  10. 10 Sweet Shadow Heart - Blue Eyed Black (2:45)
  11. 11 An Exploration of a Spacious Yet Enclosed Domain - Eric Lanzillotta (7:04)
  12. 12 Freddy and Me - Little Annie (4:19)
  13. 13 It's Coming - Colin Potter (5:06)
  14. 14 Fleeing Panic-Stricken Shriveled Equal Temperment - Keiji Haino (6:04)
  15. 15 On Another's Sorrow - Allen Ginsberg (4:04)
  16. 16 A Sight to Behold - Devendra Banhart (3:02)
  17. 17 Without Borders - David Surkamp (4:52)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mantra - Jarboe (7:10)
  2. 2 The First Flower People - L (6:51)
  3. 3 Do You Want to Go Somewhere? - Richard Buckner (2:42)
  4. 4 Indulge Yourselves with Our Delicious Monster - Cyclobe (3:30)
  5. 5 You Will Be the Sun - Six Organs of Admittance (2:46)
  6. 6 Poor Sally Sits a Weeping - Dolly Collins (1:53)
  7. 7 Because - William Basinski (2:43)
  8. 8 Sticks & Stones - Edward Ka-Spel (6:49)
  9. 9 Il Sogno di Momi - Larsen (4:10)
  10. 10 The Same But Different - Vashti (3:20)
  11. 11 Song for My Father - Angels of Light (3:43)
  12. 12 Star Malloy - Thighpaulsandra (6:11)
  13. 13 In the Clouds - Suishou No Fune (4:06)
  14. 14 Change My World - Pantaleimon (5:12)
  15. 15 Movement - Aube (5:03)
  16. 16 Denial - Mr. Durt (5:33)
  17. 17 Somebody - Michael Yonkers (3:20)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Someone Always Talks - The Bevis Frond (2:40)
  2. 2 Snowballin' - Sarah Hallman (3:04)
  3. 3 The Transit Rider - Faun Fables (4:21)
  4. 4 Unbelievable - Luke Doucet (3:39)
  5. 5 Right on the Line - Jad Fair (2:17)
  6. 6 Endless - Unveiled (3:19)
  7. 7 Hole in My Soul - Antony (6:38)
  8. 8 Espoir Guerison - Charlemagne Palestine (8:26)
  9. 9 House of Constant Song - Alexander Neilson (3:42)
  10. 10 Hit the Road - Anomoanon (4:00)
  11. 11 Back Home Again - James William Hindle (3:52)
  12. 12 The Beat Goes On - Isobel Campbell (3:04)
  13. 13 Prah Pip Ta - Bricoleur (5:01)
  14. 14 Long Dark Shadow - Sorrow (4:32)
  15. 15 I Need Direction - Teenage Fanclub (3:40)
  16. 16 Therapy - Mary 5E (4:59)
  17. 17 Crazy Horses - Sun Dial (2:56)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Heliogabalus - Jeremy Reed (1:54)
  2. 2 Huntsville Affair - NQ Arbuckle (5:06)
  3. 3 No Thing - Shannon Lyon (1:40)
  4. 4 The Work of Washing - The Hafler Trio (5:04)
  5. 5 Judgement Day - Marissa Nadler (4:33)
  6. 6 Flowers for Yulia (6:29)
  7. 7 It's the Small Things Now - Bill Fay (2:52)
  8. 8 Song for Doctors Without Borders - Bonnie "Prince" Billy (3:17)
  9. 9 Waiting for the Sky to Fall - Lynn Jackson (4:32)
  10. 10 Ubu Noir - Nurse with Wound (3:59)
  11. 11 The Glacial Lake - Clodagh Simonds (3:48)
  12. 12 Come My Love - Shirley Collins (2:49)
  13. 13 Piractes - 7 Year Rabbit Cycle (3:47)
  14. 14 Stoney Mansion - John Terrill (3:39)
  15. 15 Our Lady of the Barren Tree - Brett Smiley (3:38)
  16. 16 Parallelograms - Linda Perhacs (4:35)
  17. 17 Sunset - Current 93 (3:34)
  18. 18 Our Lady - Pearls Before Swine (3:11)
  19. 19 Sex Addiction - Thurston Moore (5:17)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Our Love My Love (2:46)
  2. 2 Crow Flies - Simon Finn (2:01)
  3. 3 The Gate of Polished Horn - Stephanie Wolkmar (3:23)
  4. 4 City of Dreams - Small Creatures (3:54)
  5. 5 Thee Seeding Ship - Thee Majesty (4:42)
  6. 6 Naoru - Jim O'Rourke (2:07)
  7. 7 Shadow Makes a Snow Angel - Scott Stapleton (2:43)
  8. 8 Everything Was Handed Down - John Maslen (3:44)
  9. 9 Over the Sea - Jooel (2:42)
  10. 10 Bump - Jad Fair (4:39)
  11. 11 The Robin's Tiny Throat - Amy Curl (6:57)
  12. 12 Wild Spaces - Srmeixner (4:02)
  13. 13 The Postal Workers Night Out - Black Noise (0:47)
  14. 14 Broccoli - Coil (6:54)
  15. 15 Aaron's Rod (Spared) - Shock Headed Peters (4:12)
  16. 16 Daggma - Ghost (8:28)
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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, 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
Doug Henderson Mastering
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
Dave Draves Mastering
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
Chris Boyne Mastering
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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