AUDIO: Listen to entire Lennon tribute album with Green Day videos.

The Amnesty International Campaign to Save DarfurThe Amnesty International Campaign to Save DarfurThe Amnesty International Campaign to Save DarfurThe folks over at MTV are leaking all of the tracks on the upcoming John Lennon tribute album, which is due to officially hit store shelves on June 12th.  I know, this news is a little dated, but we have been away on vacation.  We are not the biggest fans of tribute albums, but this one seems a little special.  All proceeds are going to a wonderful cause, and that alone makes it worth the purchase price.  I guess I should mention that the selection of artists is great, and their takes on some Lennon gems are not too shabby. 

Previously, we had posted a link to the REM video for #9 Dream, and clips to Green Day’s take on Working Class Hero

Check out the disc’s official website if you haven’t already.  It is put together by the people at Amnesty International, and in addition to information about the CD, it gives you all the 411 on everything you need to know about the cause you are supporting with your purchase. 

  • Listen to a stream of the entire Lennon tribute album here.  It hits shelves officially on June 12th, but you can hear it all here first.

If all of this is not enough, here is a video of Green Day performing their interpretation of the Lennon classic Working Class Hero live on American Idol.  We hate to admit it, but it’s actually good.  John would be proud.

Here’s what we’ve read.

Beyond his well-documented contributions to the musical canon, in life and death, John Lennon remains a symbol of peace. It is apt then that a selection of some of his greatest songs are the basis for Instant Karma: The Campaign to Save Darfur, a compilation being released June 12 to support Amnesty International’s campaign to focus attention and mobilize activism around the crisis in the Sudan: genocide at the hands of the Janjaweed militias — bands of fighters backed by the Sudanese government — a campaign of violence that began in February 2003.

The album was led by Green Day’s interpretation of Lennon’s “Working Class Hero,” the Samuel Bayer-directed video for which premiered exclusively on MTV.

“We wanted to do ‘Working Class Hero’ because its themes of alienation, class, and social status really resonated with us,” says Green Day singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong on Amnesty International’s instantkarma.org site. “It’s such a raw, aggressive song… we felt we could really sink our teeth into it. I hope we’ve done him justice.

The set also includes U2’s cover of “Instant Karma,” Christina Aguilera’s spin on “Mother,” R.E.M.’s rendition of “#9 Dream,” Snow Patrol doing “Isolation” and “Power to the People” performed by the Black Eyed Peas.

Rounding out Instant Karma: The Campaign to Save Darfur are Lennon covers by the likes of Aerosmith (with The Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars), Lenny Kravitz, Los Lonely Boys, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jakob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Avril Lavigne, Big & Rich, Youssou N’Dour, Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Matisyahu, Postal Service, Jaguares, Flaming Lips, Jack’s Mannequin (featuring Mick Fleetwood) and Regina Spektor.

In addition to spreading awareness of the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, the project also encourages individuals to take a stand by putting their name to Amnesty International’s global petition, which declares, “as a citizen of the world, I demand and end to the killing and mass atrocities in Darfur, Sudan.”

Instant Karma: The Campaign to Save Darfur is available for purchase June 12, but can be heard here on “The Leak” on MTV.com for a full week prior to its release. While listening to some of the most profound music by one of the 20th Century’s most revered artists covered by a selection of superstars and up-and-coming artists, visit mtvU’s comprehensive Darfur Web site, darfurisdying.com to learn more about the crisis and what you can do.

Source: MTV’s The Leak

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3 Responses

  1. well,this is a very good cause,and Johnny i think is so proud ,above,in the sky!but,something makes me not so much happy about the way of singing these songs!i’m a Beatles fan,but i’m a John’s fan,too!so,i love his songs,and listening “working class hero”,like was playied and sung by Green day,sorry,but it is something which makes my ears bleeding!they playing and singing well,but their version didn’t catch the soul,the meaning of this song!they told that this song was very important,full of meaning etc.but practically,everything they told they didn’t put it into their version of this song!i heard it,and at the beginning it’s quite the same like John’s version,but in the midddle of their version the song changes,starting to drumming and becoming another song,completely!this song was playied by John like an acoustic song,playied by the only guitar and nothing else!they changed it,completely!i don’t really like it!

  2. and sorry,people but ,not for laughing, Youssou n’ Dour always sung in french!i listened some of his songs but in french,it’s rare that he sung in english!i couldn’t imagine how he sung “jealous guy”!”…….I’m seulement a jaloux guy”oh my Goooooooooooooooooooooodddddddddd! beautiful older times when Brian Ferry with his pop band Roxy music sang it,in a very special and perfect way!!!really beautiful times!!!!(sorry,people but those 2 words in that sentence taken up by “Jealous guy”are in French language)

  3. i’ve just finished to listen “mother”sung by Christina Aguilera:well,i’d just liketo say that she singing it very well,she has a beautiful voice,but i believe this time the original tone of the song is so higher than her!because her versionis quite the same as John’s ,but at the end i would like tohear her strong voice so high,becauseinthe original version John shouted like he was in pain,in a painful situation and his voice was very high!(you know,John had a really quiet,soft,low voice)so,Christina added to this song a female,sensual touch(and this isn’t bad!)but,she should remember that this song told about a very sad,strong,deep situation!difficult to understand,Christina!P.S.she added something personal like for example in a verse shesays:”mama don’t go tell daddy come home”,and who produced and recorded this version put the echo to make this version like John’s!this is pretty,but that John’s one is the best!

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