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Format: CD
Sku: 202062877
UPC: 013431231127
UPC 14: 00013431231127
Release Date: 11/22/2005
Sales Rank: 1328
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Do You Know What It Means To Be Miss New Orleans - Louis Armstrong ~ Various Artists
2. Let Your Light Shine - R. Kelly ~ Various Artists
3. Precious Lord, Take My Hand - Faith Hill ~ Various Artists
4. Heart So Heavy - John Mayer/Aaron Neville ~ Various Artists
5. City Beneath the Sea - Harry Connick, Jr. ~ Various Artists
6. Ay-TeTe Fee - Clifton Chenier ~ Various Artists
7. Moon Over Bourbon Street - Sting/Chris Botti ~ Various Artists
8. Heart of America - Eric Ben?t/Michael McDonald/Wynonna/Terry Dexter ~ Various Artists
9. By Faith - Diddy/Fred Hammond ~ Various Artists
10. Early In The Morning - B.B. King ~ Various Artists
11. Fix You - Coldplay ~ Various Artists
12. When The Levee Broke - Clint Black ~ Various Artists
13. Tears in Heaven - Various Artists ~ Various Artists
14. Believe - Lenny Kravitz ~ Various Artists
15. Blue And Green - Van Morrison ~ Various Artists
16. Mardi Gras In New Orleans - Professor Longhair ~ Various Artists
17. Born On The Bayou - John Fogerty ~ Various Artists
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Any Other Day - Norah Jones/Wyclef Jean ~ Various Artists
2. I Will Not Be Broken - Bonnie Raitt ~ Various Artists
3. People Get Ready - Rod Stewart/Jerry Lawson ~ Various Artists
4. We Can Make It Better - Kanye West/Talib Kweli/Q-Tip/Common/Rhymefest ~ Various Artists
5. Try Me - James Brown ~ Various Artists
6. Louisiana Bayou - Dave Matthews Band/Robert Randolph ~ Various Artists
7. Goin Back To New Orleans - Dr. John ~ Various Artists
8. I'm Still Standing - Elton John ~ Various Artists
9. What Would Jesus Do - Chris Thomas King ~ Various Artists
10. Alla Luce del Sole - Josh Groban/B?la Fleck ~ Various Artists
11. Make A Change - Black Buddafly ~ Various Artists
12. I Believe - Various Artists ~ Various Artists
13. Love & Mercy - Brian Wilson ~ Various Artists
14. Coming Out Of The Dark / Always Tomorrow - Gloria Estefan ~ Various Artists
15. Brothers - Neville Brothers ~ Various Artists
16. After All - The Winans Family ~ Various Artists
17. Come Together Now - Various Artists ~ Various Artists
18. When The Saints Go Marching In - Kirk Whalum/Coolio ~ Various Artists
A magnificent 2 CD multi-artist benefit album to aid the Gulf Coast victims devastated by recent hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

This special compilation contains new, previously unreleased material by some of the most popular artists from all genres of music as well as classic recordings from New Orleans natives Louis Armstrong and Dr. John. Coldplay, Norah Jones, Wyclef Jean, John Mayer, James Brown, Aaron Neville, Bonnie Raitt, R. Kelly, Barbra Streisand and Elton John are just a few of the many remarkable artists appearing on this release.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), on behalf of its member companies and all of the participating artists, publishers and songwriters, will donate 100% of its net proceeds – at least $15.00(US) – from the purchase price of this CD to these charities for hurricane relief: American Red Cross, to help provide food, shelter, counseling and financial assistance to those in need: Habitat for Humanity, for the long-term goal of rebuilding homes; and MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund, to provide direct assistance to the members of the music community who have been affect or displaced.

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Released by the RIAA via a joint effort from all the major labels, Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now is a double-disc benefit album for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated large portions of the Gulf Coast, including one of America's greatest musical cities, New Orleans. Given its leisurely pace and overly generous length of 35 tracks spread out over two discs, there's plenty of room for examples of classic New Orleans music and new recordings from current superstars, plus the de rigueur all-star singalongs, and that's what makes Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now both intriguing and maddening: for every good moment, there's a mediocrity or an embarrassment right around the corner. All the classic New Orleans cuts are well-chosen -- Louis Armstrong opens it up with "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?" and songs by Clifton Chenier and Professor Longhair follow -- but there aren't many of them, which makes some sense: these aren't the names that sell records in 2005, so it's better to load up the record with a bunch of big marquee names. Hurricane Relief contains plenty of those kind of marquee names -- in fact, it's often stretched to the bursting point, with a cover of Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven" featuring 16 credited artists and the brand new title track, co-written by socialite/songwriter Denise Rich and actress Sharon Stone, featuring a gob-smacking 27 artists. More isn't necessarily merrier, however -- as a matter of fact, the quality of the music on Come Together Now is roughly inversely proportional to the number of artists on the record: the more collaborators, the worse it is.
Muze PNote While there are a few exceptions, most of the new single-artist tracks here are quite good, whether it's Faith Hill's passionate gospel "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," Harry Connick, Jr.'s "City Beneath the Sea," Van Morrison's relaxed "Blue and Green," John Fogerty's fiery "Born on the Bayou," James Brown's "Try Me," Dr. John's funky "Goin' Back to New Orleans," or the Neville Brothers' moody "Brothers." Some of the collaborations really click, too: John Mayer provides good support for Aaron Neville, Rod Stewart teams up with Jerry Lawson and Talk of the Town for a gospel reading of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready," Norah Jones and Wyclef Jean's "Any Other Day" largely works despite a few awkward lyrics, while Kanye West's "We Can Make It Better," with Talib Kweli, Q-Tip, Common, and Rhymefest is one of the best things here. But these good moments are nearly outweighed by such flat-out embarrassments as Sting's inexplicable Louis Armstrong song-length impersonation on a live reading of "Moon Over Bourbon Street," the well-intentioned but ham-fisted "Heart of America" (featuring Eric Benet, Michael McDonald, Wynonna Judd, and Terry Dexter), the silly "When the Saints Go Marching Back In," a half-hearted hip-hop reinterpretation of the New Orleans standard featuring Kirk Whalum, Coolio, Cz101, Kyle Eastwood, Kyle Whalum, Rod McGaha, and Wayman Tisdale. Most of all, the two high-profile all-star singalongs encapsulate everything that's wrong with celeb charity records; they sound slapped together in the studio, contain awkward vocal pairings (and in the case of the title track, no discernible tune), and sound for all the world like the Simpsons' parody "Sending Our Love Down the Well."
Muze PNote These all-star collaborations are so spectacularly awful that they can't help but suck up the air around them, making it seem like they dominate more of the album than they actually do, when they're really just five tracks out of 35. The rest of the album is either quite solid or reasonably entertaining, which is enough to make it an overall success, despite the undeniable low-points. Besides, even the failures have their heart in the right place, and they're easy enough to skip past. The important point is, the RIAA is donating 100-percent of its net proceeds from this CD -- which they estimate to be about $15 -- to the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and MusiCares Hurricane Relief 2005. Given that sincere effort, it seems a little churlish to complain about the weak spots of the comp, particularly since most of the record isn't bad at all. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/22/2005
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2005
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 2311
Music Label Name Label : Concord
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00013431231127

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