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Spirit of 73: Rock for Choice

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Spirit Of '73 ~ Spirit Of 73: Rock For Choice

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It's best not to be overly critical of good intentions. Take, for instance, Spirit of '73, a benefit compilation for the music industry's pro-abortion-rights organization, Rock for Choice. The album concept: songs by female or female-led acts of the '70s, the period of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, redone by female or female-led acts of today, with profits going to help pro-choice groups. A neat idea, particularly if you support the cause. Hear Spirit of '73 for what it's worth and you'll surely get a kick out of its more inspired remakes: Maria Muldaur's "Midnight at the Oasis" done with the wild harmonies and jangly guitars of L.A.'s that dog, and Olivia Newton-John's "Have You Never Been Mellow" given an alterna-reading by Pet. And you'll also appreciate Rosanne Cash's classy performance of Joni Mitchell's "River" and Cassandra Wilson's surprisingly effective take on Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly with His Song." But if you can't restrain your cynicism, you may conclude that most of the songs are pale copies of the originals; that the "'70s segue bits" (like the sound of a hair dryer or a waterbed) sprinkled between songs are incredibly dumb and unauthentic; that the record's politics are well-meaning but naive ("Circulate a petition," it suggests, as if the signatures of a few dozen 16-year-olds will make Newt Gingrich quake); and that, except for tracks like the sisterhood anthem "We Are Family," most of the covers provoke the question "What's the point?"--Roni Sarig


1. Untitled - Spirit Of '73: Rock For Choice
2. If I Can't Have You - Eve's Plum
3. Untitled - Spirit Of '73: Rock For Choice
4. More, More, More (Pt. 1) - Babes In Toyland
5. We Are Family - Ebony Vibe Everlasting
6. Untitled - Spirit Of '73: Rock For Choice
7. Dreams - Letters To Cleo
8. Dancing Barefoot - Johnette Napolitano
9. Untitled - Spirit Of '73: Rock For Choice
10. Cherry Bomb - L7 And Joan Jett
11. Midnight At The Oasis - That Dog.
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13. Have You Never Been Mellow - Pet
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15. River - Rosanne Cash
16. Feel Like Makin' Love - Melissa Ferrick
17. Untitled - Spirit Of '73: Rock For Choice
18. Killing Me Softly With His Song - Cassandra Wilson
19. Blue - Sarah Mc Lachlan
20. It Won't Take Long - Indigo Girls
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 8, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002AYM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,053 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LGGarrison on December 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I really like this album. I bought it when it first came out and I still listen to it. I love all the covers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alf Kremer on December 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
70's female numbers done by 90's female artists. There's the story, and it works out about how you'd expect. Several of the numbers are killer - Eve's Plum doing "If I Can't Have You", Ebony Vibe Everlasting's gospelesque take on "We Are Family" - while others simply don't rate - Pet's "Have You Never Been Mellow". The disk seems to lose its drive about halfway through (I don't know how bad the 70's were, female-wise, but did they need TWO Roberta Flack numbers?). Probably worth the reduced price, whatever your political affillation.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. B. Lowry on April 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
First of all, for the price of the album itself it's definately worth it!

Now the rest of my review will follow.

The entire album consists of covers of the top billboard songs of the decade that Roe v. Wade was past, the 1970's. This album is an effort on the part of Rock for Choice (formed by the Feminist Majority organization and the popular, femme rock band L7 in 1991) a Pro Choice / Pro Woman coalition of progressive female rock bands deciated for continuance of reproductive freedom. Most of the covers are extremely well done (normally I hate covers of oldies because so many of them aren't up to snuff with the originals). The bands that did the covers were mostly well chosen for the songs, exceptional performances include Eve's Plum, Babes in Toyland, Letters to Cleo, Ebony Vibe Everlasting, Johnette Napolitano, Melissa Ferrick and Sophie B. Hawkins. The rest are okay. Honestly, they aren't horrible, but they aren't better than the original or offer some uniqueness of their own merit. And the Sarah McLachlan's "Blue" seems like it was just thrown in there because Lilth Fair was just not cutting it for her that year.

Also, what's majorily annoying about the album is the little "mini clips" they've inserted into random tracks that resemble news or radio or nostalgic flash backs from the 70's. But their subject matter (a Berry White voice, a random chick bouncing around on a water bed, and the sound of a hair drier and hairspray [hey, that's 70's, right?]) isn't entertaining, it's just annoying. Would have been nice if they had actual news broad casts or parts of speeches from 1973 that would have unified the album together for the purpose of why the album was created: to celebrate Roe v. Wade.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Of the many tracks on this CD, there are only 3 good covers. However, they are really good covers, so if you have the space to store this CD you might want to get it. "If I Can't Have You" and "Dreams" are really well done, and "More More More" is a fun interpretation. There are millions of "Dancing Barefoot" covers in the world and they are all much better than the Johnette Napolitano version here. "Cherry Bomb" is a great song, but this version doesn't make much diversion from the original. Everything else is forgettable.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diamond Dave on May 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you collect COVER versions of songs, as I do, this is worth the price of admission (buy it used, there are a dozen copies available for about a buck). Some of this stuff works, as others have noted, some remakes will make you run for your Fleetwood Mac long playing 33 RPMs record albums.

Best Moment:

EBONY VIBE EVERLASTING - WE ARE FAMILY. I have used this song on many dance compilations and slid it onto 70's-themed tapes for unsuspecting party goers. It is dynamite and different that Sister Sludge. Perhaps as good or even better. It is worth the price of addition just for this loopy dance groove. Very tasty.

ROSANNE CASH - RIVER.

Rosanne is generally a class act, and this take on Joni Mitchell's tale of growing up in Eastern Canada, skating winters on the Ottawa Canal, is another great version of this oft covered Canuck chestnut. Sparse and beautiful. Ca$h delivers the goods.

JOHNETTE NAPOLITANO - DANCING BAREFOOT

Patti Smith, U2, they've all taking a stab at this um, but the one-time Concrete Blonde vocalist hits her stride nicely here. Me likes. This side leans more to PSG more say Simple Minds.

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CASSANDRA WILSON - KILLING ME SOFTLY WITH HIS SONG

Ms. Wilson may be an acquired taste -she is almost always methodically slow tempoed, lugubrious and, like many jazz-influenced chanteuse, void of direction and pop sense- but Cassandra keeps a keen, laid back focus on one of two Flack salutes on this comp.

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SARAH McLAUCHALAN - BLUE

Long before success with ANGEL and LILLITH FAIR, Sarah paints a early ballad, with reserved, if not spectacular results. Good.
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