Melissa W. Rawlins
February 11, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

Organized by Greenpeace, Alternative NRG (Hollywood) is the first recording from a completely solar-powered mobile studio. But you forget the PC gimmick only 30 seconds into the live performances by the likes of ex-Eurythmic Annie Lennox and Soundgarden. R.E.M.’s opening track, ”Drive,” is electric and vital. U2’s ”Until the End of the World,” has an immediacy missing from its earlier acoustic recording. Throughout, the clarity of sound — could it be a result of the solar power? — is more thrilling than being at a show. A

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