Bucking the prevailing orthodoxy that all charity albums have to be shite, [B]'Streetwise'[/B] - a mammoth triple-CD package sold to benefit the National Children's Homes' [B]House Our Youth 2000 Camp

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Ring Of Saturn

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Ring Of Saturn

BUCKING THE PREVAILING ORTHODOXY THAT all charity albums have to be shite, ‘Streetwise’ – a mammoth triple-CD package sold to benefit the National Children’s Homes’ House Our Youth 2000 Campaign – proves that making dosh for a deserving cause doesn’t always have to be as much fun as self-crucifixion.

Featuring a plethora of the great, the good and the nearly men and women of the dance world, the record succeeds for two simple reasons. Firstly, while not everything here has been specially recorded, those artists who have supplied new material have made sure it’s thematically relevant to the cause. Secondly, the compilers have gone, mostly, for quality material when the temptation might have been to sling together as many big names as possible; so feisty newcomers share space with established stars. The result is a consistent, balanced album that manages to illustrate the plight of the homeless without browbeating you.

[a]Boy George[/a] and Mica Paris‘ opening duet, ‘I Could Be Someone’, captivates and ensures you focus on the (big) issue from the outset. Terra Firma‘s ‘Homeless’ uses an interview with a 28-year-old homeless man to make its point and is suitably chilling. Elsewhere the likes of Kapta and Golden Girls offer tracks that stand up just fine among the more exalted company of Fatboy Slim, Coldcut, Moby, ADF, Howie B and more.