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America: A Tribute To Heroes by Various Artists (2001)

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America: A Tribute to Heroes

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Organized and aired within days of the September 11 attacks, the fundraising telethon documented here was as remarkable for its subdued sincerity as for its unity of purpose. This double-disc anthology presents the diverse musical content of the broadcast in the order it was aired, with Bruce Springsteen's "My City of Ruins" setting the appropriately somber and introspective tone. And while artists such as Stevie Wonder (with assistance from Take 6 on "Love's in Need of Love") and U2 rise to the occasion with the spiritually uplifting grace expected of them, there are a few surprises here as well. Limp Bizkit and Goo Goo Doll John Rzeznick turn in a spare, if seemingly unlikely, cover of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here," appended with a new verse that asks what may be the 21st century's most compelling question: "Do you think we can change?" Even the viewpoint of John Lennon's anthem "Imagine" (as rendered by Neil Young) is occasionally altered to the first person, tellingly turning the song's idealism into a personal challenge. It's a rare event that can credibly sandwich Wyclef Jean's "Redemption Song," Mariah Carey's "Hero," and a chillingly somber take of "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi, before offering up the subtly ironic benediction of Willie Nelson's "America the Beautiful." In the midst of its most trying time in a half century (arguably musically, as well as socially), America the sleeping giant awoke--and first listened to its heart. All net proceeds benefit the United Way's September 11th Telethon Fund. --Jerry McCulley


Disc: 1
1. My City Of Ruins - Bruce Springsteen
2. Love's In Need Of Love Today - Stevie Wonder & Take 6
3. Walk On - U2
4. There Will Come A Day - Faith Hill
5. I Won't Back Down - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
6. Hero - Enrique Igelsias
7. Imagine - Neil Young
8. Someday We'll All Be Free - Alicia Keys
9. Wish You Were Here - Limp Bizkit & Johnny Rzeznik
10. New York State Of Mind - Billy Joel
Disc: 2
1. I Believe In Love - Dixie Chicks
2. Everyday - Dave Matthews
3. Redemption Song - Wyclef Jean
4. Hero - Mariah Carey
5. Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
6. Safe And Sound - Sheryl Crow
7. Fragile - Sting
8. The Long Road - Eddie Vedder
9. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Paul Simon
10. God Bless America - Celine Dion
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 4, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B00005TNSK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,254 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By R. Riis VINE VOICE on December 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
There may be more exciting concerts on CD, but few if any that carry the sheer weight and emotional impact of this history-making broadcast. The performances, with few exceptions, are direct and visceral, deeply emotional and quite unforgettable. The CD, shorn of the visual component that helped to making the telecast so memorably moving, fails to capture the full impact of the event but does prove that the music was indeed the as strong as it seemed on the night of the telecast. Highlights include Neil Young's heartfelt take on "Imagine", Bruce Springsteen's perfectly apt "My City of Ruins", and Wyclef Jean's interpretation of the Bob Marley classic "Redemption Song". The concert's spoken interludes/anecdotes by actors, while stirringly effective in the telecast, have been excised here, a wise decision. More than a memento of its time, this recording will undoubtedly endure as timeless.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jim on December 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I was just in a local Sam Goody and Springsteen's "My City of Ruin" came over the speakers. There was maybe 15-20 people in the store and everybody got totally silent, and just listened to the song. It's sounds incredible, and Bruce sings it perfectly.
U2's "Peace on Earth" into "Walk On" is extremely moving, with Bono and the Edge screaming "Ah-lay, Ah-lay, Ah-lay" at the end of the song.
Eddie Vedder's "Long Road" is another highlight.
The sound and production are excellent (with the exception of Enrique and Mariah, who use so much echo to hide the fact they do not sing all that well (Mariah has a strong voice, but not on that night)). It really captures the mood of the telethon, and those first couple of weeks after the horrible events of the 11th.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "pauljarosz" on January 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Being Americans overseas, my wife & I felt very alone in the aftermath of Sept. 11th and had to struggle with the pain without the support and patriotism of our fellow Americans around us (although the English have been very kind). Watching the telethon/tribute was therapeutic and provided some comfort; therefore this CD conjures up a lot of memories & emotions every time I play it. That alone is worth 5 stars. Reading the other reviews of this CD, one can certainly see a range of opinions on the individual performances. That's no surprise considering the diversity of styles, none-the-less, the theme overwhelmingly provides the necessary cohesiveness. Having said that, I will say that Bruce's My City of Ruin sets the stage perfectly. Billy Joel's New York State of Mind is absolutely superb with Billy hitting every powerful note with ease. Eddie Vedder's Long Road has a haunting feel and really captures the mood of the event. The lyrics and mood of Sting's Fragile and David Gilmour & Roger Waters' Wish You Were Here (as performed by Limp Bizkit & John Rzeznik) really hit you deep. Same goes for Neil Young's version of Imagine. On some of the other tracks, I had to search a bit to see the ties to the theme, but they're there, you sometimes just have to listen a little harder. I hate to admit it, but watching the closing song conjured up visions of Saturday Night Live's satire of We Are the World. That was not how I wanted it to end, so I had to try and block that out and focus instead on the lyrics. My only wish for this CD would be that they had included White Ribbon Day (by Delirious) which to me captures the entire tragedy, the questions, and provides answers unlike any other song.Read more ›
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Ever since I watched the telecast less then two weeks after the tradegy of the 11th I wondered when and if this would be put on a CD. Buy this if for no other reason then to get the chills I get listening to Dave Matthews. Every singer who performed here, whether I like or not, whether in good voice or not, makes their contribution and statement to a country and a world horrified and wounded by the acts of a few. I bought 7, one for myself and 6 for friends and family and to help the victims of that terrible day we'll all never forget.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I had to work late the night this concert was originally broadcast. I was driving home when I heard Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind" and remembered that this concert was on. I wanted to get home right away so I could watch but, before I did, the Dixie Chicks came on with "I Believe in Love." I had never heard this song before but it was so simple and clean sounding I was overcome by emotion. I burst into tears and had to pull over to the side of the road. I cried like I hadn't ever cried before in my life. I let out all of the emotions that I had been holding in for two weeks. I listened to Dave Matthews incredible rendition of "Everyday" and Wyclef's remarkable "Redemption SOng" there at the side of the road and continued to weep. I pulled myself together long enough to get myself home where I watched the rest of the broadcast.
I couldn't wait for this CD to be released. I knew it would be good and was not disappointed. This CD captures the feel of that evening for me and I keep playing it over and over. My favorites remain the three songs that affected me so deeply that evening but the entire CD is special. Neil Young, Alicia Keys and Cheryl Crow's contributions are also special for me.
Music has always been a big part of my life and I can still conjure up feelings and emotions from the past when hearing certain songs. This CD will forever remind me of that night in my car when I finally was able to release some of my anquish over the events of 9/11. It was incredibly healing for me.
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