Duffy Covers Paul McCartney On New War Child AlbumDuffy, Hot Chip, Rufus Wainwright and Beck are amongst the artists donating tracks to the new War Child album.
Titled 'Heroes', the charity album features a unique collaboration between music legends and contemporary acts.
Artists including Sir Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson and Bob Dylan have been asked to select a classic track from their back-catalogue and then personally choose a favourite contemporary artist or band to cover the song.
Confirmed to appear on the record so far are Duffy covering Paul McCartney's 'Live and Let Die', Hot Chip taking on Joy Division's 'Transmission', The Kooks doing The Kinks' 'Victoria' and Beck re-working Bob Dylan's 'Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat'.
Brian Wilson has also nominated Rufus Wainwright who will be performing a medley of tracks from his legendary album 'Smile'.
Sir Paul McCartney said of the project: I think Duffy's version of 'Live And Let Die' is great - I was really impressed. The breadth of talent on this project is amazing; it's great that so many people gave their time, energy and support to this initiative. I urge everyone to support War Child."
'Heroes' will be released on November 24 through Parlophone Records. All proceeds will go directly to War Child.
The below article appeared on Contact Music today:
DUFFY - MCCARTNEY LOVES DUFFY COVER
Singer DUFFY has recorded a version of SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY's classic song LIVE AND LET DIE for charity - and the BEATLES legend is astonished with the result.
The Welsh songstress tackled the hit Bond theme for her contribution to the upcoming War Child charity album Heroes.
And MCCartney is bowled over with the new version of his Oscar-nominated Wings song.
The track is among a host of classic cover versions slated for inclusion on the new album, which is due for release in November (08).
As part of the project, a legion of musical legends including Bob Dylan, David Bowie, and Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson have chosen a song from their back catalogue for a young artist of their choice to cover.
MCCartney says, "I think Duffy's version of Live And Let Die is great - I was really impressed. The breadth of talent on this project is amazing; it's great that so many people gave their time, energy and support to this initiative. I urge everyone to support War Child."
Among other tracks featured on the release are Beck's version of Dylan's Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat, The Kooks' cover of Victoria by The Kinks, and a recording of Joy Division's Transmission by Hot Chip.
Singer Rufus Wainwright will record a medley of two songs from Wilson's Smile album.
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War Child announce an incredible new album!
| 22nd September 2008
“Heroes”, released by EMI’s Parlophone label on November 24, features a unique and unprecedented collaboration between the biggest names in music history and today’s hottest artists, working with a concept that mirrors one of the intrinsic aims of War Child’s worldwide efforts in war zones across the world – to place faith in the next generation..
The concept of “Heroes” is that the biggest legends in music, including Sir Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Brian Wilson and The Clash, select one of the classic tracks from their own songwriting canon, and nominate an artist from the next generation to create a modern reworking of that classic song.
You'll have to sit tight and wait for a full track listing, but here's a little taster of what is already shaping up to be a musical tour-de-force with some of the following tracks:
DUFFY covering SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY’S “LIVE AND LET DIE”
HOT CHIP covering JOY DIVISION’S “TRANSMISSION”
BECK covering BOB DYLAN’S “LEOPARD-SKIN PILL-BOX HAT”
BRIAN WILSON nominating RUFUS WAINWRIGHT , who performs a medley of two tracks from "Smile"
THE KOOKS covering THE KINKS’ “VICTORIA”.
The album cover has been created for War Child by John Squire, who did the artwork for the legendary “Help” album, the first to be released to benefit the charity.
Featuring on the "Help" album in 1995, and on board in 2008 for "Heroes", Sir Paul McCartney spoke of his excitement for the forthecoming album saying:
"I have been supporting War Child since 1995. Their work with children in war zones saves lives and their work with those who take decisions that help them to do something about it saves even more lives. I think Duffy's version of 'Live And Let Die' is great - I was really impressed. The breadth of talent on this project is amazing; it's great that so many people gave their time, energy and support to this initiative. I urge everyone to support War Child."
Miles Leonard, MD of Parlophone said:
“Heroes (Vol 1) is the most innovative and exciting War Child album to date and therefore it was essential for me that Parlophone be involved. It is very rewarding to see so many artists giving so generously of their time for such a worthwhile cause. I’ve admired the War Child organisation for many years now so I am delighted that Parlophone has been able to lend its support”
The "Heroes" album will go towards helping War Child's work in protecting the most hard to reach children who have been hit by a combination of war, poverty and marginalisation. The importance of such a record was expressed by War Child's CEO, Mark Waddington:
“The prosecution of war on children outrages us. And War Child shares this outrage with many, many people. The generosity of the legendary and talented artists who have made this album happen is helping us to harness this outrage and do something really positive for children marginalised by war, the real heroes.”
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