on 2 July 2009
Saw these guys at Glastonbury and was totally blown away. They were on the jazz stage when Bruce was playing the Pyramid Stage so the audience was small - a real shame as they deserved much more. Grandpa Eliots performance of Amazing Grace (not on this cd) was my festival highlight, as was the band's version of Billie Jean - a great tribute to Michael Jackson. The CD and DVD lived up to my expectations following the live performance and I've had it on the CD ever since I got back from Glastonbury. The DVD in particular is very inspiring and I want to arrange something in my own area to carry on promoting the music. Get hold of this cd. You wont be disappointed. Great voices and instruments from all over the world combined with great love and attention to detail.
on 27 June 2009
The cd and dvd album (1 disk of each) has a collection of mostly-unknown musicians playing their parts to some standard classics. Most are street musicians - buskers - but there are more famous names also, none more so than the ubiquitous Bono!
Some of these performers are in pretty dire straits, socially, but they give their impressive all to this music.
The message of the album is the transformative power of music, the essential togetherness of mankind.
As a musical experience, it is very good, as a symbol of hope in a troubled world, it is worth its weight in gold.
I'd buy it - I did - and see what it can do for you.
on 4 November 2009
When I first saw the video of this music, I was smitten. All the performers apart from Keb Mo and Bono were unknown to me beforehand but what a fantastic bunch of performers, all of them. The music they make is giving me, my family and anyone else who hears it, great pleasure.
This project must be supported and I look forward to hearing and seeing more of this project.
Only criticism is that the video is too short and all the songs could have been on it!
on 20 June 2009
Already an American Top 10 and YouTube hit, Mark Johnson's project has taken the engineer a decade, as he travelled the world finding musicians and singers (some buskers, some well known, eg Bono) to add a lick or a chorus as he built composite versions of ten familiar songs. Surprisingly, it works brilliantly