Columbia Records will on Oct. 16 release "God Bless America," a collection of spiritual, political, and patriotic songs to benefit the relief efforts in New York. The compilation will include Celine D
Columbia Records will on Oct. 16 release "God Bless America," a collection of spiritual, political, and patriotic songs to benefit the relief efforts in New York. The compilation will include Celine Dion's rendition of the title track, recorded specially for the release, as well as an unreleased John Mellencamp track and 13 other songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, Bill Withers, Simon & Garfunkel, and Mahalia Jackson.
Live versions recorded in New York of Mellencamp's "Peaceful World" and Bruce Springsteen's "Land of Hope and Dreams" are both included. Modern pop is represented on the disc by the likes of Mariah Carey's "Hero" and Billy Gilman's "There's a Hero," but the collection also features songs from an early age of American music, such as Frank Sinatra's take on "America the Beautiful," which was originally released in 1945.
The label says "a substantial portion" of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the Twin Towers Fund, which was established to provide assistance to the families of New York City's uniformed services who were victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S.
Here is the track list for "God Bless America":
"God Bless America," Celine Dion
"Land of Hope and Dreams" (live at Madison Square Garden), Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
"Hero," Mariah Carey
"Amazing Grace," Tramaine Hawkins
"Blowin' in the Wind," Bob Dylan
"Bridge Over Troubled Water," Simon & Garfunkel
"Peaceful World" (unreleased live acoustic version), John Mellencamp
"There's A Hero," Billy Gilman
"America the Beautiful," Frank Sinatra
"God Bless the U.S.A.," Lee Greenwood
"This Land Is Your Land," Pete Seeger
"Coming Out of the Dark," Gloria Estefan
"We Shall Overcome," Mahalia Jackson
"The Star Spangled Banner," the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
"Lean on Me," Bill Withers