PFC3: Songs Around the World [CD/DVD]

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The third installment in Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke's wholehearted global audio peace project, Playing for Change 3: Songs Around the World, offers up another winning mix of the familiar and the exotic, rounding up eight new sonic collaborations that, with help from the multi-faceted PFC Band, bring together established pop artists from different countries. For the most part, the results are uniformly solid; these are, after all, live performances, and the magic can take some time to conjure up. For example, Los Lobos is no stranger to performing "La Bamba," and the initial moments of the version here feel a bit phoned in, but add Argentinian rocker and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The third installment in Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke's wholehearted global audio peace project, Playing for Change 3: Songs Around the World, offers up another winning mix of the familiar and the exotic, rounding up eight new sonic collaborations that, with help from the multi-faceted PFC Band, bring together established pop artists from different countries. For the most part, the results are uniformly solid; these are, after all, live performances, and the magic can take some time to conjure up. For example, Los Lobos is no stranger to performing "La Bamba," and the initial moments of the version here feel a bit phoned in, but add Argentinian rocker and former Los Rodríguez frontman Andrés Calamaro to the party and the whole mix perks up. Elsewhere, Keith Richards noodles (and occasionally croons) amiably through the self-penned "Words of Wisdom," a languid, midtempo slice of easy reggae-pop that, with help from Keb Mo, Sherieta Lewis, and an army of roots musicians and Aztec Indians, segues effortlessly into a stirring rendition of "Get Up Stand Up," Clarence Bekker and Sara Bareilles lend their voices to a warm and appropriately wistful reading of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" that benefits from an infusion of Brazilian tropicália, and an epic take of the folk standard "Guantanamera," led here by Aymee Nuviola and Equis Alfonso, brings together just under a hundred Cuban voices from all over the world, resulting in a moment that dutifully reflects the ambitious projects central theme, unity.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The third installment in Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke's wholehearted global audio peace project, Playing for Change 3: Songs Around the World, offers up another winning mix of the familiar and the exotic, rounding up eight new sonic collaborations that, with help from the multi-faceted PFC Band, bring together established pop artists from different countries. For the most part, the results are uniformly solid; these are, after all, live performances, and the magic can take some time to conjure up. For example, Los Lobos is no stranger to performing "La Bamba," and the initial moments of the version here feel a bit phoned in, but add Argentinian rocker and former Los Rodríguez frontman Andrés Calamaro to the party and the whole mix perks up. Elsewhere, Keith Richards noodles (and occasionally croons) amiably through the self-penned "Words of Wisdom," a languid, midtempo slice of easy reggae-pop that, with help from Keb Mo, Sherieta Lewis, and an army of roots musicians and Aztec Indians, segues effortlessly into a stirring rendition of "Get Up Stand Up," Clarence Bekker and Sara Bareilles lend their voices to a warm and appropriately wistful reading of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" that benefits from an infusion of Brazilian tropicália, and an epic take of the folk standard "Guantanamera," led here by Aymee Nuviola and Equis Alfonso, brings together just under a hundred Cuban voices from all over the world, resulting in a moment that dutifully reflects the ambitious projects central theme, unity. [Playing for Change was also released as a 16-track CD/DVD.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/17/2014
  • Label: Playing For Change
  • UPC: 660200900120
  • Catalog Number: 001
  • Sales rank: 13,461

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Bamba - Playing for Change (3:44)
  2. 2 Words of Wonder - Playing for Change (3:58)
  3. 3 Get Up Stand Up - Playing for Change (4:30)
  4. 4 Reggae Got Soul - TP OK Jazz Band (3:18)
  5. 5 Down By the Riverside - Playing for Change (3:50)
  6. 6 A Better Place - Gema 4 (3:54)
  7. 7 What's Going On - Novi Sad String Trio (3:34)
  8. 8 Guantanamera - Miami Cuban Horns (7:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1 La Bamba
  2. 2 Words of Wonder - Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan
  3. 3 Get Up Stand Up
  4. 4 Reggae Got Soul - TP OK Jazz Band
  5. 5 Down By the Riverside - Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  6. 6 A Better Place - Gema 4
  7. 7 What's Going On - Novi Sad String Trio
  8. 8 Guantanamera - Miami Cuban Horns
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Taj Mahal Banjo, Vocals
Carlos Varela Guitar, Vocals
Candi Sosa Maracas, Vocals
Bobby Broom Guitar
Oskar Cartaya Upright Bass
Luis Conte Bongos
James Gadson Drums, Vocals
Toots Hibbert Guitar, Vocals
David Hidalgo Vocals, Requinto
Vasti Jackson Guitar
Ronell Johnson Tuba
Freddie Lonzo Trombone
Louis Mhlanga Guitar, Electric Guitar
Leon Mobley Djembe
Ernest Ranglin Electric Guitar
Keith Richards Guitar, Vocals
Cesar Rosas Vocals, spanish guitar
Keb' Mo' Guitar, Vocals
Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan Trumpet
Oscar Castro Guitar
Andrés Calamaro Guitar, Vocals
Joel Peña Tres
Luis Valle Trumpet
Odette Telleria Vocals
Federico d'Antoni Organ
Equis Alfonso Vocals
Angel Martinez Trumpet
Bassekou Kouyate Ngoni
Nikki Burt Vocals
Rigoberto López Bass
Manuel Galbán Guitar
Sergio Veranes Guitar
Roselyn Williams Vocals
Guardians of the Flame Percussion
Matt Thompson Upright Bass
Paulie Cerra Saxophone
Mark Braud Trumpet
Jose Francisco Aguilar Trumpet
Felipe Lamoglia Saxophone
Jim Palmer Shaker
William Barton Didjeridu
Sara Bareilles Vocals
Sean Diedrick Keyboards
Johnny Herno Vocal Percussion
Joseph Lastie Jr. Drums
Clint Maedgen Saxophone
Camerata Romeu Strings
Kevin Louis Trumpet
Grupo Sintesis Vocals
Aymee Nuviola Vocals
Braily Ramos Trombone
Choeur la Grace Vocals
Mohammed Alidu Djembe
Salvador Persico Percussion
Washboard Chaz Washboard
Tal Ben Ari "Tula" Vocals
Roberto Luti Guitar, Steel Guitar
Reinaldo Elosegui Vocals
Jason Tamba Guitar, Vocals
Grandpa Elliott Vocals
Clarence Bekker Vocals
Keiko Komaki Keyboards
Sherieta Lewis Vocals
Fefe Lee Electric Guitar
Jeffrey Hills Sr. Sousaphone
István Pál Violin
Orbe Ortiz Bass, Tres
Rafael Dias Cavaquinho
Diana Fuentes Vocals
Glen David Andrews Trombone, Vocals
Jermal Watson Drums
Caveman Triangle
Natalie Pa'apa'a Vocals
Courtney Diedrick Drums
Eva Griñán Guitar, Vocals
Pablo Correa Drums
Ruth "Titi" Tsira Vocals
Mariano Domínguez Bass
Paul O'Connor Banjo
Carlos Puig Trumpet
Carlos Rodriguez Jarana
Michelle Fragoso Piano
Benicio Torres Reyes Maracas
Augustin Kadiata Saxophone
Santos Eduardo Cerna Ponce Trumpet
Marisol "La Marisoul" Hernandez Vocals
Gastón Joya Upright Bass
Gabino Jardines Guitar
Luis Bofill Vocals, Guiro
Novi Sad String Trio Violin
Miami Cuban Horns Brass
Samy Babeki Trumpet
Paulo Heman Conga
Paulo Dos Cavernas Bombo
Paul O'Farrell Drums
Nick Cavazos Guitar
Nevena Reljin Vocals
Naprang Manator Vocals
Mirjana Draganic Vocals
Michele Alderete Vocals
Meizei Gabor Accordion
Mathieu Aupitre Saxophone
Marmans Mosengo Guitar, Vocals, Calabash
Leo Batera Conga
Laura Flores Hernandes Vocals
Kila Keto Electric Guitar
Jose "Paito" Valdez Percussion
Jorge Luiz Germano Tambourine
Imorly Richardson Bass
Harnan Lopez Nussa Piano
Habib Gueye Vocals
Gumaroy "Norm" Newman Dijaredo
Gerlin Torres Salgado Percussion
Francisco Ibarra Accordion
Fabian Miodownik Tambor Piano
Diogenes Manfarrol Medrano Marimbula
Dina Elwedidi Vocals
Darius James Drums
Damien "Bam Bam" Cherbit Guitar
Cécile Girard Cello
Carl C-Wyya Edwards Bass
Bineli Yogo P. Trombone
Anan Kantawee Guitar
Alexander "Pupi" Carriera Conga
Alex Del Sol Accordion
Alberto Manuel De La Rosa Harp
Yann Cotty Accordion
Wakanadio Larido Trumpet
Tom Nascimento Acoustic Guitar
Tibor Balogh Spoons
Technical Credits
Bob Marley Composer
Jackson Browne Producer
Marvin Gaye Composer
Renaldo Benson Composer
Oskar Cartaya String Arrangements
Charlie Cole Executive Producer
Warrick Lyn Composer
Peter Tosh Composer
Keith Richards Composer
Jim Shea Camera Operator
Waddy Wachtel Composer
David Auerbach Camera Operator
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Enzo Buono Composer, Producer, Engineer, Video Editor, Camera Operator
Traditional Composer
Norman Lear Executive Producer
Zenaida Romeu String Conductor
Kevin Krupitzer Camera Operator
Jason Tamba Composer
Clarence Bekker Composer
Jose Diaz Fernandez Composer
Francois Viguié Camera Operator
Frederick Hibbert Composer
Mark Johnson Composer, Director, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Video Editor
Alfred Cleveland Composer
Jonathan Walls Video Editor, Camera Operator
Alan Kozlowski Camera Operator
Whitney Kroenke Executive Producer
Raan Williams Producer
Patrick Liotta Camera Operator
Pablo Benaim Camera Operator
Maurie Stang Executive Producer
Leonardo Buono Camera Operator
Habib Gueye Composer
Damian Roth Camera Operator
Angelo Simeone Camera Operator
Steve Jordan Composer
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