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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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.
  12. Untitled - Spirit Of '73: Rock For Choice
  13. Have You Never Been Mellow - Pet
  14. Untitled - Spirit Of '73: Rock For Choice
  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
  21. Untitled - Spirit Of '73: Rock For Choice
  22. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - Sophie B. Hawkins
  23. Untitled - Spirit Of '73: Rock For Choice
  24. Untitled - Spirit Of '73: Rock For Choice


Product details

  • Audio CD (August 8, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002AYM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,641 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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