- Audio CD (January 29, 1993)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Razor & Tie
- ASIN: B000002Z7F
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,024 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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UPDATE JULY 2010: Sadly, it appears that the album has been removed from the ITMS. I'm not sure when this took place, but truly sad and frustrating for music fans everywhere.
There are other accounts of apartheid on this album as well that make this a well-rounded style-crossing album that is not just a compliation of previously recorded material.
If this recording interests you you would be well advised to look into Little Steven's other albums, Voice of America, Men Without Women, and Freedom - No Compromise. Also listen to Bruce Springsteen's The Ghost of Tom Joad. All of these albums have very moving accounts of our society and the darker sides of the people in it.
Although I never liked the song "We Are the World," I fully supported the artists and rationale behind it. I didn't like that one because I felt the melody was maudlin and I didn't like the way it made me feel.
"Sun City" on the other hand is in-your-face politics and a rallying cry and banners being waved. It is a demand for the end of Apartheid in South Africa and a refusal to play venues that support Apartheid beliefs. Apartheid was notorious for the white-minority government, which was established in 1948. A myriad of talented artists including Little Steven, Ruben Blades, Bruce Springstein, Ringo Starr, Pete Townshend and many others poke their finger in the Apartheid eye with this in your face, militant anti-war and pro-humanitarian rights cry. This is a very serious, intense song that will make you want to dance as well! It will certainly arouse your social conscience!
The three versions of this wonderful song all stay true to the core melody. There are variations in the lyrics and one version alternates with verses of "we are the world," which I don't feel is as good as the other versions of this intensely stellar song.
Be sure to check out "No More Apartheid." Peter Gabriel's strong vocals ring out deep and pure and the message could not be made plainer. "Revolutionary Situation," is a musical montage replete with news clips; excerpts from songs and other revolutionary anthems.Read more ›
There are three versions of the title song, of which the opening track is the original. "Rockers and rappers united and strong" take turns singing the verses a la We Are The World, condemning Reagan's "quiet diplomacy" and phony homelands like Bophuthatswana. Pete Townshend's guitar, Ringo Starr's drums, Clarence Clemons' saxophone, and Miles Davis's trumpet contribute to the backing instrumentation.
The droning guitar and Peter Gabriel's wailing vocals form "No More Apartheid." That is followed by "Revolutionary Situation," a collage of music, bits of audio from press statements, and other revolutionary anthems compiled and edited by Keith LeBlanc and the News Dissector. Sounds of barking police dogs, protesters calling for both peace and violence, audio bits from Nelson Mandela, Piet Botha, and Ronald Reagan are put together.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A truly excellent album that is inexcusably out of print. This is every thing "We Are The World" is not. There is not a smug or self-congratulating note on this record. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
In 1971 George Harrison got the ball rolling with the Concert for Bangladesh and, over time other artists lent their talent for causes as well. Read morePublished on November 4, 2005 by BeatleBangs1964
I LIKE THIS SONG AND THE MUSIC VIDEO IS NICE ALSO. THE VIDEO HAS EDDIE KENDRICKS, DAVID RUFFIN, NONA HENDRIX, AND MANY MORE ARTISTS I LIKE THIS SONG IT IS JUST A JAMMING SONG I... Read morePublished on September 19, 2004 by A. R SCOTT
Sun City is a testament to what people can do. Not only is it a GREAT song, it was for a GREAT cause.Published on August 7, 2000 by Ben
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