AUDIO: Lennon cover album news + REM’s take on #9 Dream

It looks like the first “single” from the new Lennon covers album for charity, Instant Karma: The Campaign to Save Darfur,  that we reported on last week has appeared online.  There is not much that is groundbreaking about this track, but it is deftly handled by the Georgia rock group.  Stipe’s vocal delivery is perfectly matched for this rarely covered Lennon original.  It’s a nice change of pace to hear this rarely tracked tune instead of the usual Lennon hits.  I like it.  It makes me want to pull out my CD’s and listen to the original.

So sorry that the audio is in a youtube video.  It’s not really a video at all, but more audio with words.  It’s the only audio for the track that we could find without purchasing it on itunes.  (We’re waiting for the entire album to come out.)

REM-#9 Dream

Here’s what we’ve read about the new cover album for charity.  For more information, go to InstantKarma.org

INSTANT KARMA: THE CAMPAIGN TO SAVE DARFUR – FEATURING MORE THAN 20 JOHN LENNON SONGS RECORDED BY GREEN DAY, R.E.M., CHRISTINA AGUILERA, JACK JOHNSON AND MORE – TO BE RELEASED JUNE 12TH ON WARNER BROS. RECORDS

YOKO ONO DONATES PUBLISHING ROYALTIES TO ENTIRE JOHN LENNON SONGBOOK TO CREATE CD AS PART OF AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL’S GLOBAL MUSIC ACTIVISM PROJECT “MAKE SOME NOISE” WITH PROCEEDS BENEFITING THE HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION’S URGENT WORK ON DARFUR

DEBUT TRACK – “# 9 DREAM” – RECORDED BY R.E.M. IMPACTS RADIO MARCH 12TH

March 12, 2007 – Burbank, CA – On June 12th, Warner Bros. Records in the United States, in conjunction with Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), will release Instant Karma: The Campaign To Save Darfur – a CD of more than 20 iconic songs by John Lennon recorded by an array of best-selling artists, including Green Day, R.E.M., Christina Aguilera, Jack Johnson, and Snow Patrol, as well as Corinne Bailey Rae, Regina Spektor, The Postal Service, and many more. Additional singles from various artists will be released in the weeks leading up to June 12th. Proceeds will support Amnesty International, the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization, and its campaign to focus attention and mobilize activism around the urgent catastrophe in Darfur, Sudan, and other human rights crises.

Supported by Yoko Ono, who has generously donated all music publishing
royalties, the CD – part of AI’s global music activism project “Make Some Noise” – aims to harness the power of Lennon’s solo songbook to inspire a new generation of activists to stand up for human rights.

“Music has a special power to incite social change, and the songs of John Lennon inspire people to fight for justice and strive for peace like no other artist,” says Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA (AIUSA). “With Yoko Ono’s extraordinary gift, Amnesty International hopes to move the world closer to John’s vision of global peace and justice. Almost 20 years ago, artists from around the world ignited awareness about human rights via Amnesty International’s Human Rights Now! tour. With Instant Karma: The Campaign to Save Darfur, Amnesty International hopes to unleash a second wave of awareness coupled with activism at a time when it is so desperately needed.”

“It’s wonderful that, through this campaign, music that is so familiar to many people of my era will now be embraced by a whole new generation,” says Yoko Ono. “John’s music set out to inspire change, and in standing up for human rights, we really can make the world a better place.”

The first single from the album will be a cover of “#9 Dream,” from Lennon’s 1974 album Walls and Bridges, recorded by R.E.M. As forefathers of the alternative-rock movement, the Athens, Georgia, Grammy-winners have a long history of combining music and activism, having been involved with a host of political and humanitarian causes, both local and global, over the years. The recording of “#9 Dream” was recorded last September after the four the original members of R.E.M. – vocalist Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. With Berry back on drums for this one recording, it marks the first time the four have been in the studio together since Berry retired from the band in 1997. The song will be delivered to radio on March 12th – the same day R.E.M. is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It will be made available for sale as a digital download the following day.

Immediately following the March 12th release of the album’s first single, Amnesty International USA will convene a series of events in its long-term advocacy on Darfur. More than 3,000 AIUSA groups will take part in AIUSA’s ninth annual National Week of Student Action March 23rd – 30th. Additionally, the organization will convene: rallies and protests on March 30th outside the Chinese embassy in Washington, DC, and at the consulates nationwide, in an effort to pressure the Chinese government to use its considerable influence with the Sudanese government to admit U.N. peacekeepers; a national call-in week to Congress April 2nd – 6th; and lobbying meetings in Congressional districts across the country conducted by AIUSA-organized delegations April 9th – 13th.

Instant Karma: The Campaign to Save Darfur, arrives nearly 20 years after AI’s hugely successful worldwide Human Rights Now! Tour that celebrated the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and introduced the idea of basic human rights protection to millions of people worldwide. The 1988 tour saw musicians including Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, and Youssou N’Dour join together in a series of live performances. Hundreds of thousands of people filled stadiums and crowded into fields for concerts from South America to Eastern Europe and from Africa to Asia.

Source: Instant Karma

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9 Responses

  1. Thanks for posting that. Michael Stipe did a GREAT job on a wonderful Lennon song. I had a pretty big crush on Stipe back in high school and will always have a big crush on Lennon, so having Stipe sing a Lennon song so well was cool to me. But yet…I remember when Michael Stipe called the Beatles “Elevator music.” And said how much he disliked them. Has he finally came around? Sara

    • The only thing Michael came around on is his sexuality. I knew him at UGA and it was an open secret that he was gay.

  2. Stipe is a big creep. REM is a big sell out. Make a comment and stay true to it.
    For REM to record a Lennon tune is a joke. As a Beatles fan I won;t even bother to listen to REM. When you claim that Beatles music is overrated or not relevant to rock
    or pop music today, and then cover one of their tunes you have no credibility.
    Bob

  3. I have a mixed reaction. It completely lacks the richness of John’s original and I miss that. But something about the sparseness keeps me listening. I think I’ll have to hear it a few times.

    A good effort, though. I don’t think that would be an easy song to pull off. And of course I support the effort.

  4. It’s a nice cover, and I hope that this upcoming cover album will be a more enjoyable experience than Working Class Hero from about ten years ago. I’d be hard-pressed to say now why it didn’t work for me as I’ve not listened to it in a very long time.

    I also like this sudden prominence for “#9 Dream,” an unjustly overlooked solo Lennon song. First, it leads off Starbucks’ Remember album, now it’s the lead single off the upcoming covers album. I’ve always liked this song, I’ve liked the dreamy quality of the song, and it’s in my top five solo Lennon tracks.

  5. While I am neither an REM nor a Michael Stipe fan, I must admit it’s nice to hear people finally taking interest in this song, which has always been one of my favorites.

  6. […] though, even the attrocious ones.  I know a while ago we posted the audio for the REM cover of #9 Dream, now we have the next “single” for the Lennon tribute album, with all proceeds going to […]

  7. […] we had posted a link to the REM video for #9 Dream, and clips to Green Day’s take on Working Class […]

  8. #9 Dream was not a Beatles song. It was a Lennon song.

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