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Concerts For A Landmine Free World
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
Compiled from benefits held in December 1999 and 2000 in California and Canada, these acoustic performances document a who's who of country-folk singer-songwriters united by Emmylou Harris's profound commitment to the a... more »
Compiled from benefits held in December 1999 and 2000 in California and Canada, these acoustic performances document a who's who of country-folk singer-songwriters united by Emmylou Harris's profound commitment to the anti-landmine movement. The performances are never less than emotionally riveting, though Guy Clark, John Prine, and especially Kris Kristofferson--his jocund but weathered version of the obscure "Shipwrecked in the Eighties" has a fool's wisdom--lighten the solemn tone. Only Nanci Griffith strikes a sanctimonious note; the earned indignation of Bruce Cockburn's Mines of Mozambique" cuts much closer to the political bone. The standout track, though, is Harris's mystical opener, "The Pearl"--sung with a harrowing elegance that trumps the Red Dirt Girl version--although Terry Allen's absurd, poignant pastiche "Wilderness of This World" is a close second. --Roy Kasten
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Judy S. from SANTA PAULA, CA
Reviewed on 10/4/2010...
Interesting combo of artists and music.
Great live renditions of studio successes
ugot2begood | minneapolis, MN USA | 10/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This cd had a diverse song list, with different types of performers. It is beautiful and intimate compilation.Emmy Lou Harris's stripped down version of "The Pearl" is very moving. Gillian Welch's and David Rawlings performance of "Morphine" is enchanting. With Gillian's heavenly voice and David's earthy sound, the song sometimes feels like a juxtaposition. This is especially effective since "Morphine" is about the singer's love and hate relationship with the narcotic. Mary Chapin Carpenter's "This Shirt" is very touching. I appreciated the live version of this song for the clarity of the lyrics. This song has had little, if any, airplay and yet it is one MCC's best. John Prine's lyrics were silly in "It's a Goofy World." Even though it took no poet to pen these lyrics, the song was fun and easy to sing along with. The inclusion of this song reminded me of Shakespearian tragedies that have short comedies interspersed. Although the album supposts a very serious cause, the song recognizes that we can't just focus on the World's sorrow. It is the joy in life that keeps us alive to fight for a better world. Kris Kristofferson's voice has never sounded better. Steve Earle's "Christmas in Washington" has so many back up vocalists, at the end, that the song had a tinge of Gospel to it. Nanci Griffith's "Its a hard life," is fairly raucous. The backgound vocals made me feel as though I had a spiritual experience. The song "Mary," is lovely and made me long for my loved ones who have left this world."
Longtom | Littleton, CO United States | 07/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's great to finally have a solid benefit album without it ending in Paul McCartney singing Let it Be at the end. These kind of albums are usually weak in points and disjointed throughout. On the contrary, this one is solid. It creates a mood that is consistent and is filled with good songs. The big names --Emmylou, Bruce, Nancy --do fine numbers (like The Pearl and Mines of Mozambique) but these blend in well with the other, lesser-known or 'classic' names. I highly recommend this album.
Back to Landmines, there are currently 152 countries that are signatories to the Treaty to Ban Landmines (http://www.icbl.org/ratification/). Conspicuous names missing are Iraq, Iran, China, and the United States."