Preview: The Bridge School Benefit Concerts: 25th Anniversary Edition - Various Artists (2-CD or 3-DVD Sets)

Artist: Various Artists
Title: The Bridge School Benefit Concerts: 25th Anniversary Edition
Release Date: October 24, 2011
Label: Reprise
Format(s): 2-CDs, 3-DVDs, DD

On October 24th, Reprise Records will release two very special and highly anticipated packages: a three-DVD set and a two-CD collection that feature unique live performances from many of the phenomenal artists who've performed at the beloved Annual Bridge School Benefit Concerts over the past 25 years. Some of the biggest names in music are included on The Bridge School Benefit Concerts - 25th Anniversary Edition, performing rare, acoustic versions of songs, never heard anywhere else, to benefit The Bridge School, a non-profit, innovative organization educating children with severe speech and physical impairments through the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems and assistive technology. This once-in-a-lifetime collection is sure to become a treasured artifact for generations to come. View the trailer here.

Artists featured on the three-DVD set include Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Pearl Jam, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, The Who, Tom Petty, Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and much more. Neil Young organizes the event each year with his wife Pegi Young. A documentary DVD includes The Bridge School Story, which gives a special look into this wonderful school and the truly phenomenal services they provide children with advanced physical and communication challenges. Another documentary on the DVD, Backstage At The Bridge School Benefit Concert, offers a bird's-eye view of the event itself, along with special features that include heartfelt interviews with the students and the artists themselves. The two- CD set features exclusive performances from Sheryl Crow, Thom Yorke, Norah Jones, No Doubt, Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, Sonic Youth, and more.

The cover art has been designed by renowned artist Shepard Fairey.

Bridge School co-founder Pegi Young and Executive Director Dr. Vicki Casella explain: "The success of The Bridge School has been ensured over these many years through the extraordinary generosity of performers, artists and musicians. The funds raised by this benefit have allowed us to have a positive impact on children, families and professionals throughout the world."

The DVD and CD packages will be released just after this year's Bridge School Benefit Concerts, which will held at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, on October 22nd and 23rd. The Bridge School Benefit is an annual concert that directs all proceeds to The Bridge School. The first concert was held in October 1986, and, with the exception of 1987, the concert has been held every year since. As a practice, the performers use acoustic instruments. Young also personally performs every year.

This pair of must-own packages memorializes the artists' passion and commitment to a worthy cause that links us all together. The Bridge School Benefit Concerts - 25th Anniversary Edition will entertain, enlighten, and inform you on how to become a member of The Bridge School family.


Track List:

DVD Edition

Disc 1
  • Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen
  • People Have the Power - Patti Smith
  • Better Man - Pearl Jam
  • Heroes - David Bowie
  • The Will Be a Light - Ben Harper
  • Girl From the North Country - Bob Dylan
  • Country Feedback - R.E.M.
  • Love Hurts - Emmylou Harris & Buddy Miller
  • Blue Ridge Mountains - Fleet Foxes
  • At the Hop - Devendra Banhart
  • The Road is My Middle Name - Bonnie Raitt
  • Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
Disc 2
  • Surfin' U.S.A. - Brian Wilson
  • The Way It Will Be - Gillian Welch
  • Sense of Purpose - Pretenders
  • Fire and Rain - James Taylor
  • America - Simon & Garfunkel
  • Shadow of a Doubt - Tom Petty
  • Too Much - Dave Matthews
  • Crime in the City - Neil Young
  • 16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought Six - Tom Waits
  • A Dream Come True - Elton John & Leon Russell
  • Get Back - Paul McCartney
  • Disposable Heroes - Metallica
  • Won't Get Fooled Again - Who
Disc 3 (Bridge School Documentaries)
  • Backstage at the Bridge School Benefit Concerts
  • The Bridge School Story
  • Student/Artist Interviews


CD Edition

Disc 1
  • Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen
  • Too Much - Dave Matthews
  • Magic's in the Makeup - No Doubt
  • Gone - Jack Johnson
  • Blue Ridge Mountains - Fleet Foxes
  • Love and Only Love - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
  • Rain on Tin - Sonic Youth
  • Better Man - Pearl Jam
  • The Way It Will Be - Gillian Welch
  • Country Feedback - R.E.M. and Neil Young
  • The Great Divide - Willie Nelson
  • Cry Just a Little - Nils Lofgren
Disc 2
  • Elsewhere - Sarah McLachlan
  • Get Back - Paul McCartney
  • A Dream Come True - Elton John & Leon Russell
  • Marry Song - Band of Horses
  • Disposable Heroes - Metallica
  • After the Gold Rush - Thom Yorke
  • The Difficult Kind - Sheryl Crow
  • Maybe This Time - Tony Bennett
  • Deja Vu - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • Jesus, Etc. - Norah Jones
  • I Was Dancing In the Lesbian Bar - Jonathan Richman
  • Surfin' U.S.A. - Brian Wilson
  • Won't Get Fooled Again - Who

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