Sunday, May 28, 2006

Now Hear This!

The wildly successful Red Hot + Blue project, featuring such world-class artists as U2, Annie Lennox, Tom Waits, and Sinead O’Connor, and such acclaimed directors as Wim Wenders, Alex Cox, and Jonathan Demme, is finally being released with the care that it deserves. Originally issued in 1990, the Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute To Cole Porter album created massive media attention for AIDS relief and became the first release in a 15-album series. An eclectic musical homage to the legendary songwriter Cole Porter, it went platinum, spent 24 weeks on the Billboard charts, and generated $3 million dollars for AIDS charities worldwide, but its companion piece, a VHS collection of music videos, was somewhat relegated to the shadows. That changes with the 2-disc Special Edition package of Red Hot + Blue, which contains all the music videos on a DVD and the album, complete with a much-needed remastering, on a CD, both in the same package.
DVD Program Listing:
1. David Byrne—Don’t Fence Me In
2. Neneh Cherry—I’ve Got U Under My Skin
3. Jimmy Somerville—From This Moment On
4. Jody Watley—After You, Who?
5. Salif Keita—Begin The Beguine
6. Erasure—Too Darn Hot
7. Sinead O’Connor—You Do Something To Me
8. The Jungle Brothers—I Get A Kick Out Of You
9. The Neville Brothers—In The Still Of The Night
10. k.d. lang—So In Love
11. Les Negresses Vertes—I Love Paris
12. Aztec Camera—Do I Love You?
13. Debbie Harry & Iggy Pop—Well, Did You Evah!
14. Lisa Stansfield—Down In The Depths
15. Kirsty MacColl & The Pogues—Miss Otis Regrets / Just One Of Those Things
16. Tom Waits—It’s All Right With Me
17. U2—Night And Day
18. Annie Lennox—Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
19. Bill Irwin—Comedy Sketches
20. Annie Lennox—Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye (Live on VH1 Honors)

With standout performances from Lisa Stansfield, kd lang, U2, and Annie Lennox, you still can't beat the plaintive and evocative performance of Aztec Camera's DO I LOVE YOU?

Pick this up, and I guarantee it'll find its way into heavy rotation, fast!
And you'll support AIDS research in the meantime!


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