Various Artists

Kumbaya 1995

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The Canadian compilation Kumbaya 1995 raises funds for the Kumbaya Foundation, which distributes proceeds to AIDS support groups across the country. The recording follows a standard pattern: commendable, earnest, all-star lineup in benefit concert setting, a mix of tracks already available on studio albums plus new cast-offs and the occasional rough gem. The lineup includes Jane Siberry, the Watchmen, Ashley McIssac, Moxy Fruvous, Barenaked Ladies, the Waltons, 54-40, Tom Cochrane, Big Sugar, Kim Mitchell and Jann Arden. A cast of dozens crowds the stage for a finale jam on "All Along the Watchtower." There is absolutely nothing to connect this collection of diverse performances other than the fact that everyone happened to be at the same concert.