Steal This Record: A Collection of Songs of Protest

Steal This Record: A Collection of Songs of Protest

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Overview

There is a fascinating album to be compiled from the dozens of politically and socially oriented songs (both sincere and contrived) that made the charts and otherwise gained public currency during the 1960s and 70s. Steal This Record: A Collection of Songs of Protest, however, isn't quite that album. Featuring 13 familiar tunes, Steal This Record unfortunately doesn't present all of them in their definitive recordings, so instead of Laura Nyro or the Fifth Dimension's versions of "Save the Country," we get one from Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll; Dion's classic take of "Abraham, Martin and John" is replaced by a showy cover from Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, and Bob Marley's epochal "Get Up, Stand Up" is represented by a very different arrangement from Toots & the Maytals. Even when we get the appropriate recordings, the collection doesn't seem to offer an especially clear focus, either; rather than focusing on songs about war, civil rights, racism, or a specific political or social ill, this set offers a grab bag, which might be appropriate for the period covered but doesn't make for as coherent a listening experience. The album also would have been stronger if it had thrown in a few less radio-friendly tunes of the era, and while this isn't exactly a popular opinion, it really is hard to know exactly what it was Bob Dylan was "protesting" on "Maggie's Farm," beyond the presence of a bunch of folks he didn't like. Steal This Record isn't too bad as background listening, but it's hardly the fitting soundtrack for your next revolution.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/19/2004
Label: Koch Records
UPC: 0099923965824
catalogNumber: 9658

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Richie Havens   Composer
P.F. Sloan   Composer
Bob Marley   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Laura Nyro   Composer
John Weider   Composer
Barrett Strong   Composer
Billy Edd Wheeler   Composer
Danny McCulloch   Composer
Eric Burdon   Composer
Renaldo Benson   Composer
Vic Briggs   Composer
Cleveland   Composer
Barry Jenkins   Composer
Peter Tosh   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
Norman Whitfield   Composer
Lou Gossett   Composer
Alan Grunblatt   Executive Producer
Jeff Chenault   Art Direction
Bob Frank   Executive Producer

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