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Songs for Japan Import

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A music industry-wide charity initiative, Songs For Japan is an unprecedented compilation of 37 major hits and classic tracks on 2 CDs including 21 Billboard Hot 100 hits and five #1's from more than 30 of the biggest names in contemporary music. It is a star-studded album collection benefitting Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami relief. The artists participating on Songs for Japan, the music labels and music publishers have waived their royalties and proceeds to ensure that the Japanese Red Cross Society receives as much support as possible from this initiative.

Disc: 1
1. John Lennon “Imagine”
2. U2 “Walk On”
3. Bob Dylan “Shelter From The Storm”
4. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Around The World”
5. Lady Gaga “Born This Way”
6. Beyonce “Irreplaceable”
7. Bruno Mars “Talking To The Moon”
8. Katy Perry “Firework”
9. Rihanna “Only Girl (In The World)”
10. Justin Timberlake “Like I Love You”
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Lady Antebellum “I Run To You”
2. Bon Jovi “What Do You Got”
3. Foo Fighters “My Hero”
4. REM “Man On The Moon”
5. Nicki Minaj “Save Me”
6. Sade “By Your Side”
7. Michael Buble “Hold On”
8. Justin Bieber “Pray”
9. Adele “Make You Feel My Love”
10. Enya “If I Could Be Where You Are”
See all 19 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 5, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Legacy
  • ASIN: B004TS0LBW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,756 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Anthony R on April 4, 2011
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
First, I gave this 4 stars because the primary reason for buying this was to support the relief efforts in Japan. I already the original version of most of the music. I bought this mainly with the idea of listening to some music of artists that I either have not heard of, or hadn't felt that their music was worth investing in as of yet.

Overall this is definitely a value album since you get 38 songs for less that $10. Most of the songs have an uplifting melody or lyrics. Most are rather slow, so if you are looking for dance music than this is definately not an album for you.

I can't speak of all the songs, but I know that some are definitely not the original versions and because of this I was quite disappointed. I considered dropping this another star, but I reconsidered since the primary reason for buying this wasn't just for the music.

(No particular order, just how they loaded into my music player)
Good versions:
Lady Antebellum - I Run to You
Foo Fighters - My Hero
Micheael Buble - Hold On
Adele - Make You Feel My Love (Excellent song. Slow but has a jazzy feel)
John Mayer - Waiting on the World to Change
Kings of Leon - Use Somebody
Norah Jones - Sunrise
John Lennon - Imagine (Excellent song even if I now own 4 versions of it)
U2 - Walk On
Bob Dylan - Shelter From the Storm (Interesting this song was selected for this cd, but good addition)
David Guetta - When Love Takes Over (One of the surprises on the album for me because I did not know the artist)
Eminem - Love the Way You Lie (I am not a huge fan of Eminem but this is a pretty good song.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By H3@+h on April 5, 2011
Format: Audio CD
First let me say, based on what I've read the record companies have waived their usual fees so ALL of the money from sales goes directly to the Japan Red Cross. If that's so, bravo to them. Currently the mp3 and CD goes for around ten dollars. That may not seem like much to donate to such a needed cause, but when many thousands of people do it...$$$.

Now for the music, other than the Lady Gaga track it looks to me like everything here is available elsewhere. Some songs are old, some songs are newer, but almost nothing is exclusive to this collection (usually a reason to buy). Also fyi, a number of the songs are the live versions: RHCP, Madonna, Josh Groban, REM, Sting. Songs from Eminem and Nicki Minaj are the clean versions. One big plus is that Songs For Japan is two discs worth of music, so we get 38 songs! 19 on each disc, which is about as full as a CD can be. (Currently the CD edition isn't showing the Madonna or David Guetta tracks).

There's no doubt few people want every song here, but at 38 cents a track you can't beat it. It's like getting 28 songs for free. Normally I'd never give most of these songs 5 stars, but for the quantity, the quality and the cause....5 stars. Get well soon Japan.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Palma on April 5, 2011
Format: Audio CD
It should be noted for those interested in the inclusion of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" that the version here is not the hit version from the radio but instead the dance floor ready Starstruck Mix, which clocks in at 6:45 and, while full of zest, is no replacement for the catchy original.

Still, it seldom gets more cost effective than nearly 40 tracks - most of them hit singles, many of them quite recent, others timeless radio staples - for 10 dollars. Add in the fact that the artists and their labels have waived their standard fees, which means all profits go to help those who are suffering in Japan, and "Songs for Japan" may justifiably become one of the year's highest sellers.

Of course, some inclusions are less generous than others, such as Adele's take on Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love," popularized by Billy Joel, as opposed to one of her several larger hits. Still, the standard of quality persists, with a leaning toward strength-of-conviction anthems such U2's "Walk On" and the pure, unadulterated beauty of John Lennon's "Imagine."

This makes tracks such as Pink's 2008 Top 20 hit "Sober" and Rihanna's recent chart-topper "Only Girl (In the World)" - not to mention Justin Timberlake's 2002 Michael Jackson mimicry "Like I Love You" - stand out like sore thumbs. Nevertheless, the amount of (mostly) solid music for the price is large.

Madonna's "Miles Away" is represented by a solid live rendition on the digital release. It was one of the best tracks from her 2008 album "Hard Candy" and should have been a hit single. Other lesser-known gems include Bruce Springsteen's satisfying, underrated "Human Touch" from 1992.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. T. Gilbert on April 7, 2011
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As others have said, you probably will not like every song in this variety of music. More than likely you will only like 1/3 of the songs. But with 30 songs that is still 10 songs and the average cost of a regular CD. The difference is it will be 10 songs of music you like, versus 1 song you like and filler music.

MY only complaint is the same as others have mentioned. Some of the songs are not the versions you are used to. Others are live and the quality of the acoustics are poor in some cases. Others have remixes which are much worse than the radio or CD versions.

Regardless, it is still a good deal and it benefits a great cause!
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