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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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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. [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: 888072318199
  • Catalog Number: 31819

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 - Afrofiesta (3:46)
  7. 7 Better Man (5:21)
  8. 8 Chanda Mama (3:28)
  9. 9 Love Rescue Me - The Omagh Community Youth Choir (3:48)
  10. 10 A Change Is Gonna Come - Playing for Change (6:07)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Intro
  2. 2 Stand by Me
  3. 3 Zuni, New Mexico, United States
  4. 4 New Orleans, Lousiana, United States
  5. 5 Barcelona, Spain
  6. 6 Don't Worry
  7. 7 Omagh, Northern Ireland
  8. 8 South Africa
  9. 9 Chanda Mama
  10. 10 Israel/Palestine
  11. 11 War/No More Trouble
  12. 12 Dharamsala, India
  13. 13 Varadayapalem, India
  14. 14 Kathmandu, Nepal
  15. 15 Roger Ridley
  16. 16 One Love
  17. 17 End Credits
  18. 18 The Playing for Change Foundation
  19. 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
The 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Everyone Should Hear and Own This

    This original musical organization is promoting peace and harmony through music. Bringing street musicians from around the world to perform sounds of the soul and mind. It is remarkable music from the corners of the world. The video and music demonstrate that music is a universal language that all people are moved by. Everyone should hear, watch, and buy this music and video.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Playing for change is awesome

    I received this music as a gift from my daughter after hearing it at a relatives house. The DVD portion is fantastic and the music is so uplifting. We have gifted this music to several people because it is so good and we knew they would enjoy. Plus, the money for the CD goes to producing more of the same.

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