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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 22, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Uni/Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001FCX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,095 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. We Are The World - U.S.A. For Africa
2. If Only For The Moment, Girl - Steve Perry
3. Just A Little Closer - Pointer Sisters
4. Trapped - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
5. Tears Are Not Enough - Northern Lights
6. 4 The Tears In Your Eyes - Prince & The Revolution
7. Good For Nothing - Chicago
8. Total Control - Tina Turner
9. A Little More Love - Kenny Rogers
10. Trouble In Paradise - Huey Lewis & The News

Editorial Reviews

USA For Africa We Are The World US CD album

Customer Reviews

This album was long awaited.
Howard L. Hauser
This album gives us excellent music from great artists recorded back in the day; and the quality of the sound is excellent.
Matthew G. Sherwin
I was the biggest fan in america of the USA for Africa group.
Rich King's Breakfast Nook

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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Danny M. Dean on March 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
First of all: DON'T buy this CD just for the title song (Unless you need it for a special project) AND, don't buy it to help starving people in Africa. That boat sailed a long time back. For some reason, this CD has been Out Of Print for ages, so the proceeds will go to the reseller who has to charge a MINT for it because of its scarcity. So, WHY BUY IT? Bruce Springsteen, Steve Perry, Chicago, Tina Turner, Huey Lewis, Kenny Rogers, The Pointer Sisters and Prince. If you're a fan of any of those artists: the extra songs unique to the collection are among the best they've done. They're all superstars trying to one up each other. So, they're great. Each song could have been (and should have been) a hit single. Bruce Springsteen's first official (non seasonal) live release with the E Street Band "Trapped" is a great take on a Jimmy Cliff song. I can't get the tune out of my head. Steve Perry's contribution blows away his solo hit as well as most Journey tunes. Tina Turner, Kenny Rogers, Huey Lewis & The News and The Pointer Sisters were all hot at the time too, and their tracks show it, too. We Are The World is a triumph of Quincy Jones and and an apparently still on top of his game, Michael Jackson, trying to squeeze the kitchen sink into one song. They did it, and it has worn out its welcome for most listeners, but all in all, this is a great collection anyway because We Are The Hits you haven't heard.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Anbinder on September 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Sure, this CD represents an important milestone in popular musicians' social activism - and the title track is a very significant (if not artistically very interesting) song in that it was a very early example of that kind of superstar grouping, coming fast on the heels of the British Band-Aid group.
But beyond all that, I highly recommend this CD to any Springsteen fans - his intense live cover of Jimmy Cliff's "Trapped" is well worth the entire CD's purchase price. And how can you go wrong when some of the proceeds go to charity?
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Patrick J.S. Nellies on September 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
OK, we all know the title track. It was a great project, what a wonderful collaberation, rock event of the 80's, blah, blah, blah. LISTEN TO THE REST OF IT!!!!! The producers of this album were idiots not to release every other song on here as singles. Would have made enough money to stamp out hunger on three continents. Steve Perry's "If Only For the Moment Girl" could have (and should have) been Side 1 Track 1 on Journey's Raised on Radio or on one of his own solo projects. How that song never found its way on the radio is beyond me. Oh, and by the way Boss fans, "Trapped" rocks, but then you probably knew that. I almost got Canuck season tix and bought stock in Molson when I heard "Tears are not Enough" by Hoseheads against Hunger (or Northern Lights or Canada for Africa or whatever their name is). Just listen to the rest of it. And if your friends will think you're a geek for getting this CD now, don't worry about it. You are. But hey, you're feeding a kid somewhere, right? Just get the CD. I won't tell anyone.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Boy are there some terrific artists in here! I haven't heard the whole CD yet, but some of the names are...oh, something! Wonderful Tina Turner, the indomitable Pointer Sisters & the lovely, talented Steve Perry are just a few great voices here. My fave is the "We Are the World" song. I heard that song on Y2K eve & that song is soooo touching! Even though Micheal Jackson, Lionel Richie, & Tina Turner headed up this swell project, it was great hearing other voices. I loved shy, sensitive Steve Perry's input "...we're savin' our own lives..." How true! We really need to stamp out world hunger! It's awful that so many people are still going hungry today, even in the United States! It's heartwarming that these artist cared enough to try to do something about it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
It's a total shame that this CD entitled We Are The World: U.S.A For Africa is out of print; I hope they'll bring it back soon. Unfortunately, the importance of helping poor people in Africa who may also be HIV positive is still timely. This album gives us excellent music from great artists recorded back in the day; and the quality of the sound is excellent. The artwork is very nicely done as well.

Of course, the title track, "We Are The World," is the main attraction on this album although that's not to say the other songs are poorly done. "We Are The World" starts with a great musical flourish and individual artists including Cyndi Lauper, Michael Jackson and others sing a few bars individually; then they all come in on the chorus. That's the point where this song takes off like a jet! The lyrics are both catchy and upbeat and you won't forget this number if you've never heard it before. "If Only For The Moment, Girl" is performed by Steve Perry; the guitar and the keyboards work great for this tune and how's about the arrangement for that horn? Steve sings perfectly about how he wants to be alone with the woman he loves. In addition, The Pointer Sisters perform "Just A Little Closer." "Just A Little Closer" has great musical effects and The Pointer Sisters harmonize well. The percussion helps to mark the beat and this number is quite good for dancing even these days!

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band turn in a solid performance when they do "Trapped." This live track features some great horn and percussion; and Bruce never sounded better. The band rocks as Bruce sings of how he wants to be out of a bad relationship with his woman--just as he wishes the underprivileged in Africa could be free of their serious troubles.
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