Kanye West is the only performer not to appear on the '12-12-12' album and it's not quite clear why. Billboard posed the question "Why Isn't Kanye West on the '12-12-12' Concert Album?" and as of now, there is no official answer from West, his label or the concert organizers.
There is however, a good deal of speculation as to why Mr. West was not on the album.
A) Kanye is a perfectionist and was not completely satisified with the finished product
B) A 13-song medley does not make sense to include on any compilation album
C) A 13-song medley requires a great deal of sample clearances and ultimately it was too big a task given the tight timeline
D) None of the above
Any other ideas Prefix readers? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. 12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief is estimated to sell between 125,000 - 150,000 records in its first week. View the track list that does not include West below.
12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief Track List:
1. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band- "Land of Hope and Dreams"
2. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - "Wrecking Ball"
3. Roger Waters - "Another Brick In The Atlantic Wall Part I, II & III"
4. Roger Waters - "Us and Them"
5. Roger Waters feat. Eddie Vedder- "Comfortably Numb"
6. Adam Sandler and Paul Shaffer - "Hallelujah (Sandy Relief Version)"
7. Bon Jovi - "It's My Life"
8. Bon Jovi - "Wanted Dead Or Alive"
9. Eric Clapton - "Got To Be Better In A Little While"
10. Eric Clapton - "Crossroads"
11. The Rolling Stones - "You Got Me Rocking"
12. The Rolling Stones - "Jumpin Jack Flash"
13. Alicia Keys - "No One"
14. The Who - "Who Are You"
15. The Who - "Baba O'Reilly"
16. The Who - "Love Reign O'er Me"
17. Billy Joel - "Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)"
18. Billy Joel - "Moving Out (Anthony's Song)"
19. Billy Joel - "You May Be Right"
20. Chris Martin - "Viva La Vida
21. Chris Martin feat. Michael Stipe - "Losing My Religion"
22. Chris Martin - "Us Against The World"
23. Paul McCartney - "Helter Skelter"
24. Alicia Keys - "Empire State Of Mind"