Occupy This Album Review: Disk 1

I have watched with pride and admiration the evolution of the Occupy This Album projectI got on-board early as a  supporter of Jason Samel’s, Music For Occupy vision. I have written on this blog about the need for a musical outlet for Occupy. Occupy This Album is finally here and you owe it to yourself to plug into the sounds, spirit and activism of the Occupy movement. The avarice and greed of the 1% is imperiling the 99%.

 Which Side Are You On?

Occupy This Album is four discs with 99 tracks by 99 artists for the benefit of the 99%!

I am breaking this monumental recording into four separate reviews to do justice to the musicians united in common cause. My wife and I attended the Occupy This Album launch party at the City Winery in NYC on May 8th. We got to see many of the artists who have contributed to this album. I’ll point them out as this review unfolds over the next four days.

Occupy This Album, Disc 1

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1. Something’s Got to Give, Matt Pless

Matt Pless opened the record launch party on May 8th and his energy was infectious. It is also his art that illustrates the Occupy This Album cover. He is a modern-day Bob Dylan if you want my opinion. Great first song to kick it all off.

2. Come On, Come On, Come On, Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne has long been an advocate of human rights causes. He contributes an unreleased track with an infectious chorus.

3. Occupation Freedom, George Martinez & The Global Block Collective

We loved seeing George Martinez and the Global Block Collective perform “Occupation Freedom” on stage May 8th. They have a vivacious move your body, engage your mind track going on.

4. People Have The Power (Live In Marseille), Patti Smith

I feel very strongly that Patti Smith’s song of protest, “People Have The Power” should be the theme song for the Occupy movement. This live rendition has an electricity and passion that ignites your sentiment, as you pump your fist in the air at the 1% who are controlling everything.

5. Love Anthem (Only Love), My Pet Dragon

My Pet Dragon performed at the record launch party. They had a legion of fans in attendance and we got caught up in their excitement.

6. The Panic is On, Loudon Wainwright III

The true folkie makes a classic contribution to the Occupy cause.

7. Occulture, Cosmonaut

8. Save Us, Paper Cranes (feat. Rain Phoenix)

9. Smile (Get Up and Sing), Jay Samel

The musician behind Music For Occupy lends his voice to the fray, I am favorably impressed with Jay Samel’s vocal and guitar playing abilities.

10. This Is What America Looks Like, Tenderflex (DJ Logic & David Maurice) feat. Dynasty Electric, Ayler Young and Jay Rodriguez

Spin it and flip it for Occupy.

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11. Big Little Wolfs, Aeroplane Pageant

12. Agent 99, Alex Emanuel

13. Safety In Numbers, Deborah Harry

A unique track for Deborah Harry that is lilting and poignant.

14. Hey, can I Sleep On Your Futon?, Richard Barone

He performed this track for us at the record release party. He is a very capable and forthright artist.

15. Occupy Wall Street “Here Here Here”, Black Dragon

16. White Gold, Ladytron

17. Greed, Gabriel Aldort

18. Against The Machine, Taj Weekes & Adowa

I loved the reggae sound of Taj Weekes & Adowa. They made a strong contribution to the evening and the album.

19. The Young Idealists, Lloyd Cole

20. A Peaceful Solution, Willie Nelson

It wouldn’t be complete without Willie Nelson adding his voice to the cause.

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