Gimme Shelter was recorded by unknown artists in a virtual worldwide street studio all around the world. It all starts with the base percussion, which is recorded first and sets the rhythm to it all, played by Greg Ellis in Hollywood. Then, the track flies all over the world, where other artists use it to play their own parts of the song.
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That was really cool! What a great way to start the day! Thanks, Jonco!!
I noticed they left out a few of the lyrics, such as the line that goes, “Rape, murder…they’re just a kiss away.” Guess that might have changed the meaning of this video though.
As neat as that was – and it was neat! – this recording is missing the one element that makes this song great, and that’s Merry Clayton. Even on the original, if she wasn’t on it, it’d just be a cool album track.
I find it so interesting, having artists in different locations around the world, making this type of music. Youtube is full of “virtual” bands, and some of them are incredible!
But, thanks for sharing this one, Jonco.
PFC also release CDs and they have a tour band (which I saw in Vancouver, great show). The proceeds go towards building music schools in the developing world:
Wait a second…Why isn’t Maffu on the video?
A few years ago you posted another video by Playing For Change, Jonco. It was done to “Stand By Me”, and it still brings goosebumps when I hear it. I thought it was way superior to this one.
I came here to post just that. Nice.
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