Review: ’12-12-12′ for Sandy relief

Review: ’12-12-12′ for Sandy relief: Aidin Vaziri | “This has to be the largest collection of old English musicians ever assembled in Madison Square Garden,” Mick Jagger, above, guffawed in front of a worldwide audience of approximately 2 billion, as the Rolling Stones took the stage for the star-studded New York benefit concert in December for the victims of Superstorm Sandy. Now we have the document to prove it. Actually, this double-disc set feels more like a highlights reel. Yes, the big – primarily British – names are all accounted for: Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, the Who and Paul McCartney. But many of the moments that actually defined the concert are missing. There’s no evidence of Jon Bon Jovi chumming it up with Bruce Springsteen on “Born to Run”; McCartney’s vaunted jam with the surviving members of Nirvana has gone missing, as has Kanye West’s brief performance (not to mention what he said when he was working the phone bank alongside Martha Stewart). The tracks that do make the final cut present listeners with a problem, as it’s almost impossible to navigate from Pink Floyd’s epic “Comfortably Numb” into Adam Sandler’s doofus version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”; to go from a pair of ripping Stones tracks to Billy Joel’s piano-bar ditties; to justify three songs from Coldplay’s Chris Martin butting up against just one from McCartney. The work doesn’t stop. It might be easier simply to send a donation straight to the charity.


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