Sunday, April 14, 2024

12-12-12 All Star Hurricane Sandy Album: No Kanye West, Almost No Paul McCartney


That was fast. The tracks from the “12-12-12” concert are up on iTunes and there’s a list of songs that will be available soon on a physical CD. (No word on a DVD yet, but that involves editing of film, etc.) Strangely, the online album has no tracks or evidence of a performance by Kanye West, who was only one of two black artists featured on the show. (The other was Alicia Keys.) Kanye has been excised entirely, evenĀ  though he executed 11 of his, uh, songs including “GoldDigga,” his biggest hit. It’s unclear what happened, whether Kanye was snubbed or didn’t want to be on there by his own choice.

Also missing from the offering is most of Paul McCartney’s set. Only his opening number, “Helter Skelter” is on the iTunes album. The rest of his extremely lively performance–remarkable especially for the late hour is MIA including “Live and Let Die,” “Blackbird,” “I Got a Feeling,” and his collaboration with Nirvana on “Cut Me Some Slack.” All the other artists are represented by two or three tracks each including the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, The Who, Alicia Keys. Eric Clapton, and Roger Waters. But missing are the two Springsteen-Bon Jovi duets.

Technically, the entire show could be on iTunes since there’s no space or time limit. The CD’s, of course, would have to be shorter. The album is available through Columbia Records.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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