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Performer: Various
Genre: Blues
Title: Dark Was The Night
Released: 2003
FLAC version ZIP size: 1918 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1608 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1781 mb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 344

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

Two decades later, they follow with Dark Was the Night, a collection of 31 new and exclusive songs from most of the heavy hitters of the NPR-friendly wing of indie music. Produced by Red Hot, along with the National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner, the vast majority of the songs on this collection are worth owning regardless of where the money is going. I confess though: My first reaction to listening to this all the way through was negative. When focusing on what's not here rather than what is, Dark Was the Night comes off as a gray, monotone look at the current indie landscape and, as a result, works best in small batches. It's missing not only rhythm and electronics- more hip-hop, anything in the DFA axis, . Animal Collective, et. but volume and velocity as well. Sure, it's a charity record not a party soundtrack, but No Alternative was full of actual rock songs.

Heartache Introspection Loss/Grief Rainy Day Reflection. Dark Was the Night: Red Hot Compilation. The 20th Red Hot compilation Dark Was the Night also arrives during the AIDS charity's 20th anniversary. Curated by the National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner and John Carlin, this double-disc set plays like a who's who of late 2000s indie rock, especially of the mellow and/or folky variety: Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, Iron & Wine, Sufjan Stevens, Feist, Ben Gibbard, and Jose Gonzalez all contribute tracks.

Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground. Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" is a gospel blues song written and performed by American musician Blind Willie Johnson and recorded in 1927. The song is primarily an instrumental featuring Johnson's self-taught bottleneck slide guitar and picking style accompanied by his vocalizations of humming and moaning.

10. I Was Young When I Left Home. 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.

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. However the real high point of the album for me was the inclusion of The Arcade Fire’s Lenin, a song initially intended for inclusion on their first album Funeral. Actually the track almost didn’t make it on, coming in a day before the deadline for completion, but thank god it made it and it is the cherry on top of the musical fudge laded sonic Sunday that is this compilation.

Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground - Blind Willie Johnson, Kronos Quartet. 9. I Was Young When I Left Home - Antony, Bryce Dessner.

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.


1 Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin Latter Rain / Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning
2 Martin Simpson I Can't Keep From Crying
3 3 Mississippistaphas 3* When The War Was On
4 Helen Watson & Heather Greenbank Tear The Building Down
5 Julie Murphy & Richard Llewellyn John The Revelator
6 Mike Seeger & Alexia Smith Let It Shine
7 The Henry's With Mary Margaret O'Hara God Moves On The Water
8 Ginny Clee God Don't Never Change
9 Bob Copper & The English Country Blues Band Soul Of A Man
10 The Positively Testcard Dark Was The Night
11 Martin Simpson Nobody's Fault But Mine
12 Peter Stampfel & Gary Lucas Praise God I'm Satisfied
13 Mike Cooper Everybody Ought To Treat A Stranger Right
14 Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin Latter Rain Done Fell On Me


  • Compilation Producer – David Suff


A tribute to Blind Willie Johnson.

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