Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Various Artists - Red Hot + Blue (1990)


Note: the CD I listened to was not the 2006 reissue.

An uneven Cole Porter tribute CD to benefit The Red Hot Organization which is dedicated to fighting AIDS.  It sold over a million copies worldwide and was heralded as one of the first major AIDS benefits in the music business.  A great achievement for sure.  As a musical endeavor? Not so great.  Released in 1990, this is certainly of its time.  The sound of the time is unmistakeable.  Still most of the tracks are just average at best. The better Red Hot releases were yet to come.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #38

Tracks: Of the 20 tracks here, my top picks are Erasure performing Too Darn Hot, Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop goofing on Well Did You Evah, The Thompsons Twins abrasive take on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Jimmy Sommerville singing From This Moment On which sounds a lot like Donna Summer's I Feel Love. I recommend skipping Sinead O'Connor singing You Do Something To Me, Salif Keita singing Begin The Beguine, and Tom Waits singing(?) It's All Right With Me.  The track that really makes me scratch my head is U2's take on the standard Night And Day.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None

Previously revisited for the blog:
Red Hot + Rio (1996)
Red Hot + Dance (1992)

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