Merch: Dark Was The Night by Various Artists (3x vinyl LP)


Dark Was The Night was released on February 17th, 2009. Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National produced the album. A total of 32 exclusive tracks were recorded — two hours of the best 21st century rock music including exclusive tracks by Arcade Fire, Beirut, Andrew Bird, Bon Iver, Cat Power, The Decemberists, Feist, Ben Gibbard, Grizzly Bear, Spoon, Sufjan Steven and of course The National. The title came from a classic Blind Willie Johnson song covered by The Kronos Quartet.

The album went on to be successful around the world, raising over a million and a half dollars for AIDS relief, including money dedicated to the people of Haiti through Partners in Health immediately after the Earthquake in 2010. There was also a live event celebrating the album at Radio City Music Hall, featuring performances and collaboration from many of the artists including Feist, Bon Iver, The National, David Byrne and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.


Side one:

  1. "Knotty Pine" – Dirty Projectors and David Byrne
  2. "Cello Song" – The Books and José González
  3. "Train Song" – Feist and Ben Gibbard
  4. "Brackett, WI" – Bon Iver
  5. "Deep Blue Sea" – Grizzly Bear

Side two:

  1. "So Far Around the Bend" – The National
  2. "Tightrope" – Yeasayer
  3. "Feeling Good" – My Brightest Diamond
  4. "Dark Was the Night" – Kronos Quartet
  5. "I Was Young When I Left Home" – Antony + Bryce Dessner
  6. "Big Red Machine" – Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner

Side three:

  1. "Well-Alright" – Spoon
  2. "Lenin" – Arcade Fire
  3. "Mimizan" – Beirut
  4. "El Caporal" – My Morning Jacket
  5. "Inspiration Information" – Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
  6. "With a Girl Like You" – Dave Sitek

Side four:

  1. "You Are the Blood" – Sufjan Stevens
  2. "Blood Pt. 2" – Buck 65 Remix (featuring Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti)
  3. "Hey, Snow White" – The New Pornographers
  4. "Gentle Hour" – Yo La Tengo
  5. "Die" – Iron and Wine

Side five:

  1. "Service Bell" – Grizzly Bear and Feist
  2. "Sleepless" – The Decemberists
  3. "Happiness" – Riceboy Sleeps
  4. "Amazing Grace" – Cat Power and Dirt Delta Blues

Side six:

  1. "Another Saturday" – Stuart Murdoch
  2. "The Giant of Illinois" – Andrew Bird
  3. "Lua" – Conor Oberst and Gillian Welch
  4. "When the Road Runs Out" – Blonde Redhead and Devastations
  5. "Love vs. Porn" – Kevin Drew


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