Unity: The Official Athens 2004 Olympic Games Album

Unity: The Official Athens 2004 Olympic Games Album

CD

Overview

This is one of three compilations assembled to commemorate the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, the others being a classical collection (Harmony) and an all-Greek one (Phos). The idea for this pop album seems to have been to combine musicians from different countries and different musical styles, although in practice world pop music has become so homogeneous that much of this disc simply sounds like business as usual for the performers. For example, Sting has incorporated so many elements of the music of other cultures into his sound, dating back to the Police, that having him collaborate with Mariza just makes for another of his typical hybrids. And there have been so many recordings in recent years in which pop artists combined with rappers and toasters that the ones here often sound positively conventional. That said, there are some entertaining performances that could certainly be hits, given the appropriate promotion, among them the amusing "Issues" by Mr. G, Joss Stone, and Crissey Blur; "We Want Peace" by Lenny Kravitz and Kadim Al Sahir; and the danceable "Oh Yeah" by Macy Gray and Keziah Jones. Often, the artists have responded to the Olympics theme by writing political or otherwise inspirational lyrics, and some work better than others. Wayne Wonder and Neneh Cherry's "Eyes on the Prize," for example, is a more considered effort than Alice Cooper and Xzibit's "Stand," with its clichéd chorus, "If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything."

Product Details

Release Date: 07/27/2004
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724347308321
catalogNumber: 73083

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Katia   Background Vocals
Tarkan   Vocals
Christie Beu   Vocals
Joss Stone   Vocals
Yiannis Kotsiras   Vocals

Technical Credits

Alice Cooper   Composer,Producer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Steve Hillage   Composer,Producer
Lenny Kravitz   Composer
Sting   Composer
Bill Laswell   Producer
Moby   Composer
Beres Hammond   Composer
Bridget Benenate   Composer
Rick Boston   Composer
Neneh Cherry   Composer
Lol Creme   Composer
Sly Dunbar   Composer
Brian Eno   Composer,Producer
Trevor Horn   Composer,Producer
Steve Lindsey   Producer
Robbie Shakespeare   Composer
Steven "Lenky" Marsden   Producer,Remixing
Raphael Saadiq   Composer,Producer
Rachid Taha   Composer
Xzibit   Composer
Timbaland   Producer
Mike Elizondo   Composer,Producer
Kelvin Wooten   Composer
Tom Nichols   Composer
Stargate   Producer
Daniel Lenz   Producer
Alex Silva   Arranger,Producer
C. Nelson   Composer
Beyoncé Knowles   Producer
will.i.am   Producer
Macy Gray   Composer
Soul Diggas   Producer
Rikki Stein   Executive Producer
V. Charles   Composer
Kazem Al Saher   Adaptation
Tiziano Ferro   Composer
Avril Lavigne   Producer
Chad Simpson   Composer
Christie Beu   Composer
Kiley Dean   Composer
Herbert Grönemeyer   Composer,Producer
Joss Stone   Composer
Jully Black   Composer
Troyton Rami   Composer,Producer
Corte Ellis   Composer
Blackshadow   Remixing
Emmanuel DeBuretel   Executive Producer
Tommy Evans   Composer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer
Tor Erik Hermansen   Composer

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