Friday, May 01, 2009

One of the Greatest Collab's by No One Anybody's Ever Heard

You're a cold hearted mf'er if this video doesn't move you one bit...

Spotted at Gizmodo:
This cover of Stand By Me was recorded by completely unknown artists in a street virtual studio all around the world. It all started with a base track—vocals and guitar—recorded on the streets of Santa Monica, California, by a street musician called Roger Ridley. The base track was then taken to New Orleans, Louisiana, where Grandpa Elliott—a blind singer from the French Quarter—added vocals and harmonica while listening to Ridley's base track on headphones. In the same city, Washboard Chaz's added some metal percussion to it... The producers took the resulting mix all through Europe, Africa, and South America, adding new tracks with multiple instruments and vocals that were assembled in the final version you are seeing in this video. All done with a simple laptop and some microphones.
Probably the most moving cover of the Ben E. King classic I've ever heard - in a movie, on the radio, on the internet, on the street, anywhere.  The depth of experience in listening to this is exactly what every musician strives to provide for their people... music can really be its own miracle sometimes

Bonus video of the Sam Cooke classic "A Change Gonna Come" (one of my favorite songs EVER) below from Concord Music Group who put this amazing collaborative concept together:
This performance demonstrates what happens when some of the musicians from Stand By Me meet and perform for the first time. This song was recorded and filmed live in New Orleans, and features Grandpa Elliot and Clarence Bekker on vocals. Thousands of people witness first hand the soul and conviction of two men who make us all believe a change is going to come.

"A Change Is Gonna Come" appears on the CD/DVD Playing For Change "Songs Around The World" now available at!

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