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Stop the War Coalition Benefit Concert Featuring Brian Eno

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Outside of the politics, a benefit concert held at The Astoria in London on November 27, 2005 for StWC or "Stop The War Coalition" (a group based in Great Britain which formed in September of 2001), the music here is simply amazing, beautifully filmed by the very reliable people at Secret Films and more than what you've come to expect these days from the plethora of "benefit" gigs that are thrust upon the record industry and the public. Stop the War Coalition Benefit Concert Featuring Brian Eno is a gorgeous buffet of highly spirited music and exotic rhythms fusing with a basic rock & roll core. Rachid Taha, the Algerian worldbeat artist, teams up with Eno and though it is not Roxy Music, it is still trancey and very inviting. British singer/songwriter Imogen Heap as well as Brit producer/songwriter Nitin Sawhney (also performing with Brian Eno here) add to the fun, though these are hardly the household names you expect at these kind of events. But perhaps that's what makes this such an exciting document: Eno and friends along with five songs from the Clash's Mick Jones create something out of the mainstream that is still accessible to the mainstream. And there's an intriguing rendition of "Rock El Casbah" that appears here, reminding you that this isn't the Clash, it's a concert with different sounds that weave together to form a very artistic and highly entertaining event. An introductory speech by Brian Eno and Chris Nineham is included in this little treasure that is a rarity; it's a full-length concert of music you might not be familiar with, but it's still captivating and flows with a special energy that will hold your attention.

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