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Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now
Various Artists
Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock
 
  •  Track Listings (17) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (18) - Disc #2

A magnificent 2-CD multi-artist benefit album to aid the Gulf Coast victims devastated by recent hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This special compilation contains new, previously unreleased material by some of the most popu...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Concord Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2005
Re-Release Date: 11/22/2005
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock
Style: Adult Contemporary
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 013431231127

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A magnificent 2-CD multi-artist benefit album to aid the Gulf Coast victims devastated by recent hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This special compilation contains new, previously unreleased material by some of the most popular artists from all genres of music as well as classic recordings from New Orleans natives Louis Armstrong and Dr. John. Coldplay, Norah Jones, Wyclef Jean, John Mayer, James Brown, Aaron Neville, Bonnie Raitt, R. Kelly, Barbra Streisand and Elton John are just a few of the many remarkable artists appearing on this release. RIAA will donate 100% of its net proceeds from the sale of this CD ? at least $15 ? in equal parts to the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and MusiCares Hurricane Relief 2005, for their hurricane relief efforts. For more information, please call/email: American Red Cross at 1-800-797-8022/info@usa.redcross.org; Habitat for Humanity at 1-800-HABITAT/publicinfo@habitat.org; MusiCares at 1-877-626-2748/musicares@grammy.com.

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A mixed bag
William Merrill | San Antonio, TX United States | 11/26/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"(3 & 1/2 stars) With 2 CDs and 35 songs, it was inevitable that there would be some good and bad aspects of a benefit collection such as Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now. Overall, it's a decent enough effort and one that certainly goes toward a worthy cause.

Among the many good songs on this collection, I especially like Coldplay's live version of "Fix You," with thousands of Dutch people singing along with every word. (The song is only slightly marred by the farewell words sung by Chris Martin at the end, as the song was apparently the last number in the show.) I also enjoyed the songs by BB King and Bonnie Raitt. Then there are agreeable songs by people I would not ordinarily expect to get into given my tastes, including the songs by "Diddy" and Barbara Streisand. A great orchestral arrangement on the latter tune. I also like the fact that there is a New Orleans music theme to the collection, including many real N.O. musicians spread throughout the whole thing.

Unfortunately there is one huge glaring problem that does detract from this album being quite as good as it could have been. It's the three sickly-sweet all-star songs, "Heart of America," "Tears In Heaven," and the title track. These slick, schmaltzy productions carry on the very unfortunate tradition of songs like "We Are The World" and primarily the awful "That's What Friends Are For." Basically they succeed at "Hollywood-izing" the songs, removing any genuine emotion and replacing it with extreme blandness & artificiality. [There is one other all-star track that I did not include in the above list of shame because it IS authentic, Dr. John's "Goin Back to New Orleans," made with a big group of N.O. names.]

Here are a couple of other aspects of Come Together Now that are worth noting. With such a wide and diverse roster of artists contributing songs, it should be no surprise that there are some very JARRING and abrupt transitions between songs, such as switching from Coldplay to Clint Black! Sometimes these artist combos produced some interesting mixtures of names, with an Elton John song right after DOCTOR John (both "Johns" are stage names of course) and the unrelated Angie Stone and Joss Stone singing on the same cut. (The family Stone, I guess...)"
Amazing CD and a LOT of bang for the dollar...
R. Kyle | USA | 12/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This CD is mistakenly listed as a single CD. It is, in fact, a 2 CD set. The second CD track list includes such venerables as Bonnie Raitt, James Brown, Barbara Streisand, the Winans, etc. There's a lot of truly inspiring music on this CD. Start with Raitt's "I will not be broken" and end with B. Kelly's "Let your light shine." This is a truly generous offering for music lovers and one I think would make a valuable addition to any collection."
Come Together - for Haiti Relief
Christina | Duvall, WA | 02/24/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"For the record, the other reviews on this page refer to another CD that was for Katrina relief... but the song on this page is Come Together Now, a song written by Michael W. Smith, David Mullen and Cindy Morgan - and produced by Bryan Lenox - to remind people of the need to help those in Haiti. (see: [...] )

In the vein of We Are The World, this is a beautiful and uplifting song with a number of great Christian artists involved and the profits go to Samaritan's Purse and The Red Cross to help the people of Haiti."