Editors’ Notes The Red Hot Organization has been raising money and awareness for AIDS/HIV relief since 1989 with compilations like 1990's Red Hot and Blue and 1993's No Alternative; Dark Was the Night marks its 20th release. Following an alchemic collaboration by Dirty Projectors and David Byrne, the Books and Jose Gonzales unveil a gorgeous version of Nick Drake's "Cello Song" that blends big wooden cello tones with soft, sequenced beats. Feist's angelic voice raises the bar high as she and Ben Gibbard give Vashti Bunyan's "Train Song" some otherworldly harmonies. Kronos Quartet's antiquated-sounding title track utilizes old-timey production in an earnest homage to Blind Willie Johnson. Likewise, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings don't stray too far from Shuggie Otis' original recipe on the soulfully mellow "Inspiration Information." Even Cat Power gets rootsy with Dirty Delta Blues on a southern steeped take of "Amazing Grace." But not all that glitters is old. Conor Oberst and Gillian Welch bequeath a beautiful rendition of Bright Eyes' "Lua" from 2004's I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning.

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Knotty Pine
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2:22
 
Cello Song (feat. Jose Gonzalez)
2
3:53
 
Train Song
3
3:02
 
Brackett, WI
4
4:02
 
Deep Blue Sea
5
3:46
 
So Far Around the Bend
6
3:42
 
Tightrope
7
3:18
 
Feeling Good
8
3:53
 
Dark Was the Night
9
3:51
 
I Was Young When I Left Home
10
4:55
 
Big Red Machine
11
4:38
 
Sleepless
12
7:53
 
Die
13
1:06
 
Service Bell
14
2:23
 
You Are the Blood
15
10:14
 
Well-Alright
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2:45
 
Lenin
2
4:06
 
Mimizan
3
2:42
 
El Caporal
4
3:33
 
Inspiration Information
5
4:05
 
With a Girl Like You
6
3:26
 
Blood, Pt. 2 (feat. Sufjan Stevens & Serengeti)
7
3:35
 
Hey, Snow White
8
4:25
 
Gentle Hour
9
5:31
 
Another Saturday
10
2:55
 
Happiness
11
8:37
 
Amazing Grace
12
3:34
 
The Giant of Illinois
13
4:44
 
Lua
14
5:53
 
Play the Game
15
4:18
 
When the Road Runs Out
16
3:28
 
Love vs. Porn
17
3:56