Various Artists / Playing For Change: Songs Around The World
Album: Playing For Change: Songs Around The World   Collection:World
Artist:Various Artists   Added:Jun 2009
Label:Hear Music  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2009-06-14 Pull Date: 2009-08-16 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Aug 16 Aug 9 Aug 2 Jul 26 Jul 19 Jul 12 Jul 5 Jun 28
Airplays: 7 4 9 9 7 6 9 5

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 02, 2018: Happy Hour
One Love
4. Aug 25, 2011: Happy Hour
War/No More Trouble
2. Nov 16, 2016: At the Cafe Bohemian
Stand By Me
5. Nov 18, 2010: Happy Hour
War/No More Trouble
3. Nov 28, 2015: Clean Copper Radio
Stand By Me
6. Sep 03, 2010: Quasi Music Therapy
Talkin' Bout A Revolution, War/No More Trouble

Album Review
Reviewed 2009-06-11
The version of “Stand By Me” was an Internet hit. This CD follows that theme by combining artists from around the world singing the same song. They’re all covers (except for one), and you know them all but you don’t know them like this. “One Love” with sitar & tabla. “Biko” with accordion and bouzouki. It could have been cheesy, but the concept and the execution that makes it special. From unknown street performers to stars like Bono, Vusi Mahlasela, Poncho Sanchez, and Keb’ Mo’, it’s one of those rare “music has no boundaries” concepts that actually works. Recorded over 4 years in 5 continents with over 100 musicians. Read the notes. Every track worth playing. This CD makes me happy.

1. Warm and optimistic, heart-warming classic. So good.
2. Folksy version of the reggae staple w/surprising world twists.
3. Relaxed and sweet w/a reggae beat.
4. Starts w/a Celtic air, cool world strings, relaxed & lovely.
5. Sweet & swinging reggae/jazz/pop feeling w/a fun sound.
6. Vocals, guitar, congas. Mid/upbeat swaying Afro pop.
7. Bluegrassy dobro & vocals, mid/upbeat gospel-tinged head nodder.
8. India meets New Orleans, mid/upbeat. Warm & happy.
9. Sweet choir voices, starts slow gets big & gospel. Lovely.
10. Some of the musicians finally meet, recorded live, soulful & heartfelt.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1. Various Artists Stand By Me
2. Various Artists One Love
3. Various Artists War/No More Trouble
4. Various Artists Biko
5. Various Artists Don't Worry
6. Various Artists Talkin' Bout A Revolution
7. Various Artists Better Man
8. Various Artists Chanda Mama
9. Various Artists Love Rescue Me
10. Various Artists A Change Is Gonna Come