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Download Hard Times (single)

by Westbam
  • Release type: Single
  • Year: 1997
  • Tracks: 3
  • Duration: 17:44
  • Size, Mb: 27.47
  • Bitrate: MP3 224
  • Genre: Electronic

Review

Harp: A Time to Sing features two discs of music commemorating a September 1984 performance by folk artists Holly Near, Arlo Guthrie, Ronnie Gilbert, and Pete Seeger. In particular, the one-time performance was intended to incite awareness about all the social problems plaguing the Reagan era: AIDS, starvation, Reaganomics, the arms race, gay rights, and anything else associated with conservative '80s Republican ideology. It was a politically charged and idealistic time for pop music in 1984, with this performance being just one of many, the most remembered being the "We Are the World" extravaganza. Yet where those other benefits like Farm Aid, for example, emphasized over-the-top star-power, Harp: A Time to Sing is surprisingly modest and low key despite its political motives -- characteristics very much associated with the folk music scene. There's plenty of soapboxing here, so be prepared. More than anything, A Time to Sing captures a moment in time when musicians sought to change the world through song. And of that time, this performance tends to be one of the more sincere and effective, even if it didn't grab the headlines that "We Are the World" did.

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