Playing for Change - Songs Around the World

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Playing for Change is producer Mark Johnson's multimedia project intending to tie the world together via music. Johnson traveled the globe between 2004 and 2008, finding musicians in every corner of the world, from African villages to the streets of Santa Monica, then recorded them, usually singing American rock and pop classics, for this 2009 charity album. Many of the ten songs here are quite familiar -- Ben E. King's "Stand by Me," Peter Gabriel's "Biko," Tracy Chapman's "Talkin' Bout a Revolution," U2's "Love Rescue Me," Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come," and Bob Marley's "One Love" and "No More Trouble" -- and even if the arrangements aren't necessarily ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Playing for Change is producer Mark Johnson's multimedia project intending to tie the world together via music. Johnson traveled the globe between 2004 and 2008, finding musicians in every corner of the world, from African villages to the streets of Santa Monica, then recorded them, usually singing American rock and pop classics, for this 2009 charity album. Many of the ten songs here are quite familiar -- Ben E. King's "Stand by Me," Peter Gabriel's "Biko," Tracy Chapman's "Talkin' Bout a Revolution," U2's "Love Rescue Me," Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come," and Bob Marley's "One Love" and "No More Trouble" -- and even if the arrangements aren't necessarily faithful, they are familiar, blending in elements of blues, gospel, folk, reggae, and African music that's eclectic but not exotic. That familiarity isn't just due to the heavy presence of blues singer Keb' Mo' -- who sings on three tracks here -- and Bono's cameo, but also how Johnson's discovery Roger Ridley is essentially a soul singer in the vein of Ted Hawkins and how all the material, even Pierre Minetti's written-to-order "Don't Worry," is presented in the form of Western pop music. This does help give Playing for Change a broad potential audience, one that might find itself introduced to new rhythms, harmonies, and textures thanks to this good-hearted project.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/2009
  • Label: Hear Music
  • UPC: 888072311305
  • Catalog Number: 31130
  • Sales rank: 10,786

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stand by Me (5:10)
  2. 2 One Love (4:59)
  3. 3 War/No More Trouble (4:32)
  4. 4 Biko (4:47)
  5. 5 Don't Worry (3:24)
  6. 6 Talkin' Bout a Revolution (3:46)
  7. 7 Better Man (5:21)
  8. 8 Chanda Mama (3:28)
  9. 9 Love Rescue Me (3:48)
  10. 10 A Change Is Gonna Come (6:07)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Stand by Me (5:10)
  2. 2 One Love (5:01)
  3. 3 War/No More Trouble (3:22)
  4. 4 Don't Worry (3:30)
  5. 5 Chanda Mama (4:34)
  6. 6 The Playing for Change Foundation: Just for You/Imeneme/Young People [ (3:00)
  7. 7 Peace Through Music: If/Four Seasons: Summer (Presto) [Feature Film Tra (1:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Playing for Change Indexed Contributor
William Aura Electric Bass
Bob Marley Vocals
Jeff Paris Guitar, Background Vocals
David Broza Guitar
Alexandra Brown Background Vocals
Peter Bunetta Drums
Reggie McBride Electric Bass, Background Vocals, Upright Bass
Louis Mhlanga Guitar, Electric Guitar
Kristle Murden Background Vocals
Liam Ó Maonlaí Vocals, Didjeridu
Poncho Sanchez Conga
Keb' Mo' Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Cathy Jordan Vocals, Bodhran
Brian McDonagh Mandola
Shane Mitchell Accordion
Michael Murphy Vocals
Vusi Mahlasela Vocals
Enzo Buono Guitar
Rocky Dawuni Vocals
Valerie Pinkston Background Vocals
Roger Ridley Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Joel Petersen Percussion
Clayton Gibb Banjo
Luke Miller Piano
Mohammed Alidu Djembe
The Omagh Community Youth Choir Vocals
Grandpa Elliott Harmonica, Vocals
Technical Credits
Antonio Vivaldi Composer
Bob Marley Composer
Sam Cooke Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Ben E. King Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Louis Mhlanga Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Anders Osborne Composer
Doug Kenney Producer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Enzo Buono Composer, Producer, Engineer
Mike Montero Engineer
Allen Cole Composer
Norman Lear Executive Producer
David Bacon Executive Producer
Anthony Rich Producer
U2 Tribute Band Composer
Ananda Giri Composer
Mark Johnson Director, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Author
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  • Posted November 12, 2010

    Amazing!

    Technically, conceptually, and philosophically beautiful!
    Set consists of an audio CD with 10 songs and a DVD with 5 of these songs sung by multiple musicians from around the world performing in their home environments intercut to appear as though they are listening to one another and performing together in real time.
    People gravitated to the TV screen when I played it in a semi-public area - one person bought a copy on the spot!
    A remarkable product, the purchase of which funds music schools around the world. Appropriate for any age.
    Recommend with enthusiasm and without reservations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Greatest CD in a long time!

    DVD is great to show who the artists are and what they're playing. Good vocals and arrangements of familiar songs. You'll love it!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful example of GLOBAL GATHERING!

    How MUSIC can bring together CULTURES, RACE & CREEDS- it's BEYOND words!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST compilation of new artists performing great songs!

    An outstanding compilation of musicians from around the world. Both the CD and DVD are great, with the DVD adding faces and places to the music on both mediums. If you like world music, reggae or just good live music, you'll love this album. The arrangements are different and interesting. The songs are familiar classics themselves, but you will love them all over again!

    The artists obviously enjoyed performing, the production team put a lot into the recording and the results speak (or rather sing) for themselves!

    I first heard this CD in Starbucks and later bought several more for family members from Barnes & Noble (by the way, the store in Augusta GA was great, reserving one for me and getting another in stock before I had to leave the area to visit family). Everyone has loved this album!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Inspirational

    Hearing "Playing for Change" will inspire any listener to believe that music can truly unite the planet! I was so taken with this CD that I bought many copies to share with friends and to spread the word! Congratulations to the producers and all the amazing musicians that contributed to making this beautiful gem!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Spectacular

    Young, middle aged, old folks all declare this to be inspiring and stimulating. The DVD with the recordings was also very nice to have, and makes it easier to absorb the full impact.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    This project is both insightful and entertaining as well as technically profound.

    I heard about Playing for Change in one of the many forwarded emails I receive daily. I usually delete them, but am glad I took the time to check it out. I've followed the project every since. I got an announcement that their CD/DVD was released and immediately purchased the set. It is GREAT! It doesn't disappoint and I'd recommend it to anyone who values the impact of music on our existence.

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