Dark Was the Night is the twentieth compilation release benefiting the Red Hot Organization, an international charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS. Featuring exclusive recordings by a number of independent artists and production by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, the compilation was released on 16 February 2009 (UK) and 17 February (US) as a double CD, three vinyl LPs, and as a digital download
Antony (3) + Bryce Dessner. I Was Young When I Left Home. Recorded By – Nico MuhlyRecorded By, Mixed By, Guitar – Bryce DessnerViola – Nadia SirotaVocals – Antony HegartyWritten-By – Bob Dylan. Dark Was The Night (2xCDr, Promo, Sup). Dark Was The Night (2xCD, Comp).
The only real problem from a writing perspective (and a listening one too, I suppose) is simply where to begin. As a crystallisation of his fervent ambition and talent it’s bang on the money; as an indication where he might be headed come his next album proper it’s positively tantalising. Who’d have thought it’d be Stevens bringing the noise to this party? Ah, crikey.
10. 13. Die. 14. Service Bell. Much of the album seem to be B-side material, so I would go into it with that thought in mind. And let's be honest, most of this music, sans a few artists, are bands that basicaly mimic sounds and bands from the late 60's and 70's. And in the case of Sharon Jones, literally mimic 70's R&B radio fare. Cat Power's cover of "Amazing Grace" is simply unbearable for me. They do it very well, but it's not original or overly creative many times.
Release group by Various Artists. This double album of mostly original compositions opens with an upbeat and wacky collaboration from Dirty Projectors and David Byrne, who also appeared on the original Red Hot album. Two more excellent collaborations follow. The first, a cover of Nick Drake's Cello Song is an album highlight; Jose Gonzalez's sweet vocals combine beautifully with an electro beat and austere cello. Next the distinctive vocals of Feist and Ben Gibbard's exquisite slide guitar produce a winsome version of Vashti Bunyan's Train Song. Disc one ends with the epic, sprawling You Are The Blood from.
Every song on the album is gold, there’s not a shred of filler, but still there are a few moments that shine out from the splendorous musical jamboree that is this compilation. The Books, those perennial folktronica innovators, team up with Sweden’s Jose Gonzalez to give a haunting cover of Nick Drakes Cello Song, while Feist and Ben Gibbard from Death Cab For Cutie delight us with a soulful duet rendition of Train Song
This 20th album in the Red Ho. eries of Aids awareness fundraisers is a virtual who's who of the US indie establishment. But years of musical inbreeding have taken their toll on this notional aristocracy, and for every true blue-blood such as Sufjan Stevens or Antony (whose take on Dylan is especially inspired), there's a veritable charabanc of workshy fops.
|1||–Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings||Inspiration Information|
|2||–The Books featuring José González||Cello Song|
|DAD 2835CD||Various||Dark Was The Night (2xCD, Comp)||4AD||DAD 2835CD||UK & US||2009|
|WPCB-10103/04||Various||Dark Was The Night (2xCDr, Promo, Sup)||4AD||WPCB-10103/04||Japan||2009|
|HN597CD||Various||Dark Was The Night (2xCD, Comp)||High Note Records||HN597CD||Taiwan||2009|
|165. Belgium 19||Various||Dark Was The Night (2xCD, Comp, Promo)||Not On Label||165. Belgium 19||Belgium||2009|
|CAD 2835 CD||Various||Dark Was The Night (Sampler) (CD, Comp, Promo, Smplr)||4AD||CAD 2835 CD||US||2009|