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Dark Was The Night (Red Hot Compilation)

16 Feb 2009 | Format: MP3

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Song Title Artist
Time
Popularity  
1
2:22
2
3:53
3
3:02
4
4:02
5
3:46
6
3:42
7
3:18
8
3:53
9
3:51
10
4:55
11
4:38
12
7:53
13
1:06
14
2:22
15
10:14
Disc 2
1
2:45
2
4:06
3
2:42
4
3:33
5
4:04
6
3:26
7
3:35
8
4:25
9
5:31
10
2:55
11
8:36
12
3:34
13
4:44
14
5:53
15
3:28
16
3:57


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 16 Feb 2009
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: 4AD
  • Copyright: 2009 The Red Hot Organization, licensed to 4AD Ltd
  • Total Length: 2:10:11
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  • ASIN: B001R6HV3K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,417 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Careful Reader on 26 Feb 2009
Format: Audio CD
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 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Pf Mcmullan on 4 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
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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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Demob Happy on 18 Mar 2009
Format: Audio CD
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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Harrison on 24 Feb 2009
Format: Audio CD
If you like even one of the artists contributing to this album, buy it. The musicians on this album are all pretty easy to relate to each other - not enough that you could call them 'samey', but enough that you'll probably enjoy this whole CD (except for one slightly odd track!).

If you already know and love these artists, it's a great selection of new and unreleased songs, including some covers and brand new material.

You get a lot for your money (the presentation is also gorgeous!) and all the profit goes to charity. Everybody wins. Buy it! :D
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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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