Various Artists

Greenpeace: Rainbow Warriors [#1]

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In 1989 31 bands donated songs to a fundraiser compilation for international activists Greenpeace. Originally available on vinyl, the CD set includes four bonus tracks. The music is a diverse sample of 1980s rock originally released in the U.S.S.R. as Breakthrough, where it sold 500,000 copies on the day of its release. Eventually U.S.S.R. sales exceeded three million. This adventurous fundraiser was later released worldwide, including North America, Ireland, Italy, Scandinavia, New Zealand, India, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Yugoslavia, and Japan. According to Greenpeace, worldwide sales had raised more than eight million dollars for Greenpeace initiatives. Highlights of the set include a live version of "Pride (In the Name of Love)" by U2, and hits by the Pretenders, World Party, R.E.M., Sting, the Grateful Dead, Thompson Twins, Peter Gabriel, and Dire Straits. This CD is a good document of rock & roll in 1989 and benefits a good cause.

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