Playing for Change: Songs Around the World [Deluxe Edition]

Playing for Change: Songs Around the World [Deluxe Edition]

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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.See more details below

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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. [The Deluxe Edition features an expanded documentary on the DVD.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/13/2009
Label:
Hear Music
UPC:
0888072318199
catalogNumber:
31819

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Stand by Me
  2. One Love
  3. War/No More Trouble
  4. Biko
  5. Don't Worry
  6. Talkin' Bout a Revolution  -  Afrofiesta
  7. Better Man
  8. Chanda Mama
  9. Love Rescue Me  -  Omagh Community Youth Choir
  10. A Change Is Gonna Come  -  Playing for Change

Disc 2

  1. Intro
  2. Stand by Me
  3. Zuni, New Mexico, United States
  4. New Orleans, Lousiana, United States
  5. Barcelona, Spain
  6. Don't Worry
  7. Omagh, Northern Ireland
  8. South Africa
  9. Chanda Mama
  10. Israel/Palestine
  11. War/No More Trouble
  12. Dharamsala, India
  13. Varadayapalem, India
  14. Kathmandu, Nepal
  15. Roger Ridley
  16. One Love
  17. End Credits
  18. The Playing for Change Foundation
  19. The Filmmakers' Journey

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

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
Poncho Sanchez   Conga
Cathy Jordan   Vocals,Bodhran
Brian McDonagh   Mandola
Shane Mitchell   Accordion
Vusi Mahlasela   Vocals
Enzo Buono   Guitar
Rocky Dawuni   Vocals
Valerie Pinkston   Background Vocals
Roger Ridley   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Clayton Gibb   Banjo
Mohammed Alidu   Djembe
Shruti   Vocals
Omagh Community Youth Choir   Vocals,Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Bob Marley   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Peter Bunetta   Producer
Anders Osborne   Composer
Doug Kenney   Producer
Gavin Lurssen   Stereo Master
Enzo Buono   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Mike Montero   Engineer
Allen Cole   Composer
Norman Lear   Executive Producer
Anthony Rich   Producer
Ananda Giri   Composer
Mark Johnson   Director,Producer,Engineer,Text

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