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  • Audio CD (16 Feb. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B001KVW574
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,170 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Knotty PineDirty Projectors + David Byrne 2:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Cello SongThe Books featuring Jose Gonzalez 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Train SongFeist + Ben Gibbard 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Brackett, WIBon Iver 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Deep Blue SeaGrizzly Bear 3:46Album Only
Listen  6. So Far Around The BendThe National 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. TightropeYeasayer 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Feeling GoodMy Brightest Diamond 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Dark Was The NightKronos Quartet 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Was Young When I Left HomeAntony + Bryce Dessner 4:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Big Red MachineJustin Vernon + Aaron Dessner 4:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. SleeplessThe Decemberists 7:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. DieIron & Wine 1:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Service BellGrizzly Bear + Feist 2:22Album Only
Listen15. You Are The BloodSufjan Stevens10:14£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Well-AlrightSpoon 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. LeninArcade Fire 4:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. MimizanBeirut 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. El CaporalMy Morning Jacket 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Inspiration InformationSharon Jones & The Dap-Kings 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. With A Girl Like YouDavid Sitek 3:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Blood Pt 2Buck 65 Remix (featuring Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti) 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Hey, Snow WhiteThe New Pornographers 4:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Gentle HourYo La Tengo 5:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Another SaturdayStuart Murdoch 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. HappinessRiceboy Sleeps 8:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Amazing GraceCat Power and Dirty Delta Blues 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Giant Of IllinoisAndrew Bird 4:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. LuaConor Oberst + Gillian Welch 5:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. When The Road Runs OutBlonde Redhead + Devastations 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Love vs. PornKevin Drew 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 

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CD Description

Made in the name of the AIDS charity, The Red Hot Organization, Dark Was The Night
is nothing short of exceptional. Reading like a Who's Who of Independent music and
sounding even better, the vast majority of the contributors hail from North America and
all have gone beyond the call of duty to help make this record so special.

BBC Review

This wonderful compilation is a dream come true to followers of the latest and greatest bands on the alternative/nu-folk rock scene. Compiled by Aaron and Bryce Dessner from The National, the cast of performers here reads like a who's who of acts Pitchfork readers like to namedrop.

Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens, Feist, Beirut and Bon Iver are just a few of the cool names who have contributed high quality tracks to this album which is released by the Red Hot Organisation. Red Hot have been releasing albums on a regular basis for the last twenty years to raise funds and awareness in the fight against AIDS. The original album, Red Hot + Blue, featured stars such as Neneh Cherry reinterpreting the songs of Cole Porter.

This double album of mostly original compositions opens with an upbeat and wacky collaboration from Dirty Projectors and David Byrne, who also appeared on the original Red Hot album. Two more excellent collaborations follow. The first, a cover of Nick Drake's Cello Song is an album highlight; Jose Gonzalez's sweet vocals combine beautifully with an electro beat and austere cello. Next the distinctive vocals of Feist and Ben Gibbard's exquisite slide guitar produce a winsome version of Vashti Bunyan's Train Song.

Disc one ends with the epic, sprawling You Are The Blood from Sufjan Stevens. Over ten minutes a whole orchestra of sounds are inflicted upon the listener. From dramatic strings to uncomfortable squealing noises and classical piano, it's a challenging but rewarding listen.

The majority of tracks on disc two maintain a down-tempo atmosphere, but there are a few upbeat feel good songs scattered amongst the acoustic numbers; the sing-a-long Hey, Snow White by the New Pornographers and the joyful El Caporal from My Morning Jacket.

Overall the tracks combine to produce a collection which is eclectic and entertaining without sounding disjointed. The quality rarely dips; surprisingly it's the title track which veers too far towards noodling. The majority of the artists have clearly delivered their best work rather than throwaway b-sides which can often make up these compilations.

For once you don't have to feel guilty name dropping a whole host of new acts. After all, it's for a good cause. --Dan Tallis

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dan on 3 Feb. 2010
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I am generally a fan of laid back alternative guitar and soulful vocals. I also tend to steer clear of heavily produced music. I cannot remember where I stumbled across this compilation but it is an absolute gem. It has opened up a new group of artists to add to my collection and it stands on it's own as a quality album. I genuinely value this compilation and I stumbled upon it at a time when I was struggling to find music that was to my taste. I cannot tell you if this is the type of music you will enjoy but I would urge anyone to give this album a try.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Careful Reader on 26 Feb. 2009
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I don't normally review music but this album is by far the best compilation I've heard in years, so here goes. I was instantly amazed by the list of contributors: My Brightest Diamond, Arcade Fire, Conor Oberst, Stuart Murdoch, The National etc. etc., - the most original/influential and exciting musicians around today have all signed up to a truly worthy cause and have put their own twist on some classic compositions (Feeling Good by My Brightest Diamond was a brave choice but they pulled it off) as well as a sprinkling of new delights.

I'm not a massive fan of Jose Gonzalez but, with the fantastic help of The Books they've put together the first decent cover of a Nick Drake song (Cello Song) I've ever heard. My wife is a hard core Drake fan and even she appreciated their stunningly original effort. Now, if only all the artists on here would appear at the same festival - then this monkey will have gone to heaven.

Buy it, this is easily the best value purchase of the year - you might just fall in love with some of these artists and they'll become a welcome addition to the soundtrack of your life (apologies for the terribly cheesy pun but I did warn you I don't normally review music).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Pf Mcmullan on 4 July 2009
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I bought this because I'm a big fan of Arcade Fire & The National, so it was worth a shot to hear the new tracks alone.

Other rewards have come on though as it switched me on to other artists I didnt really know: Grizzly Bear, Beirut, Spoon & Riceboy Sleeps. Most imporatntly it has also made me buy the Bon Iver Record, after trying to ignore the Hype for an eternity (It's really good).

However there a fair few songs that didnt do it for me personally, but the good un's made up for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KenniPod on 28 Dec. 2010
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I've only just bought this album but feel it worth a review, as I came to it having discovered The National through their album High Violet. The Dessner brothers from The National produced this album for Red Hot, and wanted to bring together, in Aaron's words, `the best of independent music, with an emphasis on traditional themes played and arranged in a contemporary way.' They have fulfilled this statement of intent brilliantly, producing a compilation full of lovingly crafted music from a wonderful array of artists that feels wholly integrated as a work of art. The packaging is also thoughtful and beautifully designed.

I'm so in awe of what a great compilation this is, I couldn't quite comprehend any of the less than five star reviews! But having read the sleeve notes and thought about it, I think Aaron's statement of intent that I have quoted goes some way to explaining why some people coming to it from Arcade Fire or The National may find it disappointing. This compilation isn't indie rock, it is mostly grounded in a gentler folk orientated sound, although the second CD is an eclectic mix of more upbeat songs, and it certainly helps if you enjoy good music from a spectrum of styles and artists.

If you love the darkness at the heart of much of The National output and the quieter moments of Arcade Fire, then I think you will love this album. if I can be allowed a little sentiment here, there is a `beautiful sadness' to much of the music here which I absolutely loved.

There are too many of my favourite artists present here to mention, but there have also been a few revelations, and I think whatever your tastes you are bound to make a few new discoveries on this album.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Demob Happy on 18 Mar. 2009
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Most posts of Red Hot Organization's `Dark Was the Night' compilation begin with a summary dismissal of compilations in general, and particularly those in the name of charity. If such projects are as bad as people say, `Dark Was the Night' - one of many produced by the HIV/AIDS awareness charity over the years - must be the exception. At 30-plus tracks, the double album features songs by most of the notable artists on the US indie circuit in recent years, and rather than the ragtag collection of outtakes and B-sides you might have expected, the quality is genuinely high. If, in one sitting, `Dark Was the Night' is a rather too bleakly bucolic - it shows US indie's current penchant for flickering folk and Amerciana rootsiness - it is certainly better dipped into than taken as a whole. The default atmosphere of sparseness and gloom is oppressive when listened to as a stretch, while the record's variety is somehow more evident when taken in bite sized chunks.

The roster of artists is so impressive that it is almost defined by who is not present rather than who is: Animal Collective and Fleet Foxes spring to mind as obvious absentees (though Andrew Bird does a good job of recalling the latter on `The Giant of Illinois'). TV on the Radio can be forgiven for their absence given that producer-member David Sitek has contributed a curious, Kevin Shields-y take on Troggs' `With a Girl Like You'. There are few total clangers: Broken Social Scenester Kevin Drew's weedy `Love vs Porn' never makes it past my skip button after the opening lyrics, "I woke up and my mouth was a little dry, so I grabbed the moisturiser and tried not to cry". Hmm.
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