Tibetan Freedom Concert (album)

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Tibetan Freedom Concert
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Live album by
Various Artists
ReleasedNovember 4, 1997
RecordedJune 8 and 9 1997
Genre various
Label Capitol
Producer Pat McCarthy, Sylvia Massy
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Tibetan Freedom Concert was a series of rock concerts between 1996 and 2001 to support the cause of Tibetan independence. This album covers the 1997 concert held in New York City. The album was recorded and produced by Pat McCarthy and Sylvia Massy, and mixed in New York City at Greene Street Studios.


Track listing

Disc 1

  1. Opening prayers – Tibetan monks
  2. "Ground On Down" – Ben Harper
  3. "Blues Explosion Man" – The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
  4. "Om Mani Padme Hung" – Yungchen Lhamo
  5. "About a Boy" – Patti Smith
  6. "Fake Plastic Trees" – Radiohead
  7. "Oh My God" – A Tribe Called Quest
  8. "One" – U2
  9. "Cast No Shadow" – Noel Gallagher
  10. "Wildflower" – Sonic Youth
  11. "Meija" – Porno for Pyros
  12. "The Celebration" – Nawang Khechog
  13. "This Is a Call" – Foo Fighters
  14. "The Bridge Is Over/Black Cop/South Bronx Medley" – KRS-One
  15. "Star Spangled Banner/Nobody Beats the Biz" – Biz Markie
  16. Closing prayers – Tibetan monks

Disc 2

  1. Opening prayers – Tibetan monks
  2. "Yellow Ledbetter" – Eddie Vedder & Mike McCready
  3. "Noise Brigade" – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
  4. "Type Slowly" – Pavement
  5. "Gyi Ma Gyi" – Dadon
  6. "Heads of Government" – Lee "Scratch" Perry
  7. "She Caught the Katy" – Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band
  8. "Beetlebum" – Blur
  9. "Electrolite" – Mike Mills and Michael Stipe
  10. "Ajo Sotop" – Chaksam-pa
  11. "Wake Up" – Alanis Morissette
  12. "Hyper-Ballad" – Björk
  13. "The Harder They Come" – Rancid
  14. "Root Down" – Beastie Boys
  15. "Closing prayers" – Tibetan monks

Disc 3

  1. "Birthday Cake" – Cibo Matto
  2. "Asshole" – Beck
  3. "Me, Myself & I" – De La Soul
  4. "Fu-Gee-La" – The Fugees
  5. "Bulls on Parade" – Rage Against the Machine

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