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Classic Album Review: Various Artists | Concerts For a Landmine Free World

Thankfully, this all-star acoustic fundraiser emphasizes music over manifesto.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


It’s for a good cause. It’s got great tunes. And best of all, you don’t have to be a political wonk to appreciate this fundraising effort featuring a host of singer-songwriters — including Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Steve Earle, to name a few — performing acoustic versions of some of their classics.

Oh sure, Bruce Cockburn gets all heavy-handed with his Mines of Mozambique. But hey, whaddaya expect from Mr. If I Had a Rocket Launcher? Thankfully the rest of these tunes, from Prine’s Big Ol’ Goofy World and Emmylou’s Pearl to Earle’s Christmas in Washington, emphasize music over manifesto — although their messages still hit home if you’re paying attention.