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  • Audio CD (4 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Independents Day Recordings
  • ASIN: B001ASVAMI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,061 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Futureheads - With Every Heartbeat (originally recorded by Robyn)
  2. Infadels - Steady As She Goes (originally recorded by The Raconteurs
  3. Jack Penate - Dub Be Good To Me (originally recorded by Beats International)
  4. Prodigy - Ghost Town (originally recorded by The Specials)
  5. Feeder - Public Image (originally recorded by PIL)
  6. Jarvis Cocker and Beth Ditto - Temptation (originally recorded by Heaven 17)
  7. The Charlatans - Murder (originally recorded by New Order)
  8. Cribs - Bastards Of Young (originally recorded by The Replacements)
  9. Tom Smith from Editors - Bonny (originally recorded by Prefab Sprout)
  10. Maximo Park - Was There Anything I Can Do? (Originally recorded by Go Betweens)
  11. British Sea Power - Tug Boat (originally recorded by Galaxie 500)
  12. Jose Gonzales - Love Will Tear Us Apart (originally recorded by Joy Division)
  13. Devendra Barnhart - Don't Look Back In Anger (originally recorded by Oasis)
  14. Rodrigo y Gabriela - Orion (originally recorded by Metallica)

Disc: 2

  1. Basia Bullit - In The Night (recommended by Rough Trade)
  2. Thomas Tantrum - Swan Lake (recommended by Futureheads)
  3. A Human - Black Moon (recommended by the Infadels)
  4. Sixteen Layers - Torch (recommended by Embryonic Music)
  5. Jose James & Flying Lotus - Visions of Violet (recommended by Gilles Peterson)
  6. Bang Bangs - In Arms (recommended by Feeder)
  7. Laura Groves - I am Leaving (Recommended by XL)
  8. Electricity In Our Homes - We Thought It Was But It Wasn't (recommended by Charlatans)
  9. Goose - Black Glove (Recommended by Norman Cook)
  10. Shrag - Long Term Monster (recommended by The Cribs)
  11. Mobius Band - Friends Like These (recommended by Tom from The Editors)
  12. Cougar - Merit (recommended by Maximo Park)
  13. Little Dragon - Twice (recommended by Jose Gonzales)
  14. Oceansize - Savant (recommended by Rodrigo Y Gabriella)

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Various Artists - Independents Day : ID 08

BBC Review

This is not just an album. It's a slice of a global revolution. Part of a 4th July musical independence celebration that included radio shows, gigs, and the largest ever auction of independent memorabilia on eBay - this is must-have stuff.

Independents Day 08 is all about the artists making music for the love, not the money. There are some big names on the disc, but they're taking part to support and recommend others. Not many CD inlays feature a full paragraph of impassioned pleas not to copy the CD and a sensible explanation with it.

CD one features established names covering independent artists. Highlights include Jose Gonzalez doing Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart and the unlikely but brilliant partnership of Jarvis Cocker and Beth Ditto on Heaven 17's Temptation.

Honourable mentions go to Rodrigo Y Gabriela's unexpected flamenco guitar version of Metallica's Orion, and The Futureheads again proving their knack for girly covers with a cracking reworking of Robyn's With Every Heartbeat.

On the flipside, Devendra Banhart's folky, alternative Oasis interpretation is virtually unrecognisable from the original and who knows what Beats International will make of Jack Penate's high-pitched-yet-funky cover of Dub Be Good To Me.

CD two is comprised of independent artists recommended by the big names. Highlights are plentiful: Jose Gonzalez's favourite, Little Dragon, are a more together Amy Winehouse. Dance supremo Gilles Peterson's surprising RnB choice, Jose James & Flying Lotus, is sexy like D'Angelo, and Rough Trade were right to recommend Basia Bulat - imagine Paula Cole in the Ting Tings, if you can.

Mobius Band, The Tenderfoot, Goose, Oceansize, Sixteen Layers, Cougar and A. Human also score highly. Plus, all involved have chosen to donate the album royalties to two worthy charities, CALM and MBF.

The only problem with an album like this (and let's face it, they don't come along often enough) is that there genuinely are too many good tracks, by too many independent artists that need recognition, to highlight in one review. The solution? Buy it. --Sophie Bruce

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Bought it for one song - Tom Smith's stunning cover version of "Bonny" by Prefab Sprout - a true highlight on their 1985 "Steve McQueen" album (called "Two Wheels Good" in the USA for contractual reasons). Tom Smith (of The Editors) gives it a slowed down piano pace with an epic swirling backing - and you feel like you're hearing a great tune in some criminally forgotten movie of the Naughties. I enjoyed other songs on the double CD but there's just something about this cover that blows me away...
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As with all compilations, some are really good tracks, while some I've already deleted. Tugboat by BSP is really good, as is Prefab's Bonnie, by the Editors lead singer. The Jarvis Cocker/Beth Ditto track sounds awful. Some good stuff by the "unknowns".
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