Unity: The Official Athens 2004 Olympic Games Album

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This is one of three compilations assembled to commemorate the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, the others being a classical collection Harmony and an all-Greek one Phos. The idea for this pop album seems to have been to combine musicians from different countries and different musical styles, although in practice world pop music has become so homogeneous that much of this disc simply sounds like business as usual for the performers. For example, Sting has incorporated so many elements of the music of other cultures into his sound, dating back to the Police, that having him collaborate with Mariza just makes for another of his typical hybrids. And there have been so many ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This is one of three compilations assembled to commemorate the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, the others being a classical collection Harmony and an all-Greek one Phos. The idea for this pop album seems to have been to combine musicians from different countries and different musical styles, although in practice world pop music has become so homogeneous that much of this disc simply sounds like business as usual for the performers. For example, Sting has incorporated so many elements of the music of other cultures into his sound, dating back to the Police, that having him collaborate with Mariza just makes for another of his typical hybrids. And there have been so many recordings in recent years in which pop artists combined with rappers and toasters that the ones here often sound positively conventional. That said, there are some entertaining performances that could certainly be hits, given the appropriate promotion, among them the amusing "Issues" by Mr. G, Joss Stone, and Crissey Blur; "We Want Peace" by Lenny Kravitz and Kadim Al Sahir; and the danceable "Oh Yeah" by Macy Gray and Keziah Jones. Often, the artists have responded to the Olympics theme by writing political or otherwise inspirational lyrics, and some work better than others. Wayne Wonder and Neneh Cherry's "Eyes on the Prize," for example, is a more considered effort than Alice Cooper and Xzibit's "Stand," with its clichéd chorus, "If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2004
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724347308321
  • Catalog Number: 73083

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Avril Lavigne (2:52)
  2. 2 I Know - will.i.am (3:50)
  3. 3 By Your Side - Hikaru Utada (4:19)
  4. 4 Universal Prayer - Jamelia (4:05)
  5. 5 A Thousand Years - Mariza (5:05)
  6. 6 All the Way - Les Nubians (3:59)
  7. 7 Issues - Mr. G (3:43)
  8. 8 Love Together - Roots Manuva (4:41)
  9. 9 Eyes on the Prize - Neneh Cherry (4:14)
  10. 10 We Want Peace - Lenny Kravitz (3:55)
  11. 11 Oh Yeah - Macy Gray (3:56)
  12. 12 MKLVFKWR - Moby (3:23)
  13. 13 Stand - Xzibit (4:03)
  14. 14 Everlasting - Herbert Grönemeyer (4:17)
  15. 15 Still Standing - Skin (4:30)
  16. 16 Pass the Flame - The Official Torch Relay Theme - Yiannis Kotsiras (4:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Katia Background Vocals
Tarkan Vocals
Christie Beu Vocals
Joss Stone Vocals
Yiannis Kotsiras Vocals
Technical Credits
Alice Cooper Composer, Producer
Bob Dylan Composer
Steve Hillage Composer, Producer
Lenny Kravitz Composer
Sting Composer
Bill Laswell Producer
Moby Composer
Beres Hammond Composer
Bridget Benenate Composer
Rick Boston Composer
Neneh Cherry Composer
Lol Creme Composer
Sly Dunbar Composer
Brian Eno Composer, Producer
Trevor Horn Composer, Producer
Steve Lindsey Producer
Robbie Shakespeare Composer
Steven "Lenky" Marsden Producer, Remixing
Raphael Saadiq Composer, Producer
Rachid Taha Composer
Xzibit Composer
Timbaland Producer
Mike Elizondo Composer, Producer
Kelvin Wooten Composer
Tom Nichols Composer
Stargate Producer
Daniel Lenz Producer
Alex Silva Arranger, Producer
C. Nelson Composer
Beyoncé Knowles Producer
will.i.am Producer
Macy Gray Composer
Soul Diggas Producer
Rikki Stein Executive Producer
V. Charles Composer
Kazem Al Saher Adaptation
Tiziano Ferro Composer
Avril Lavigne Producer
Mikkel SE Composer
Chad Simpson Composer
Christie Beu Composer
Kiley Dean Composer
Herbert Grönemeyer Composer, Producer
Joss Stone Composer
Jully Black Composer
Troyton Rami Composer, Producer
Corte Ellis Composer
Blackshadow Remixing
Emmanuel DeBuretel Executive Producer
Tommy Evans Composer
Tor Erik Hermansen Composer
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