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Help: A Charity Project for the Children of Bosnia

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Conceived as a charity for orphans of the Bosnian war, every song on Help was recorded on one day and released a week later. The rapid turnaround was inspired by John Lennon's belief that "records should be like newspapers," a theory he brought to life with "Instant Karma," a single recorded on a Monday and released the following Saturday. Eighteen artists were recruited to record their contribution on Sunday, September 3, 1995, with each song running no longer than three minutes and 45 seconds. The day commenced with Noel Gallagher recording a slow, reflective version of "Fade Away" with Johnny Depp on guitar. It ended with Gallagher joining Paul Weller and ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Conceived as a charity for orphans of the Bosnian war, every song on Help was recorded on one day and released a week later. The rapid turnaround was inspired by John Lennon's belief that "records should be like newspapers," a theory he brought to life with "Instant Karma," a single recorded on a Monday and released the following Saturday. Eighteen artists were recruited to record their contribution on Sunday, September 3, 1995, with each song running no longer than three minutes and 45 seconds. The day commenced with Noel Gallagher recording a slow, reflective version of "Fade Away" with Johnny Depp on guitar. It ended with Gallagher joining Paul Weller and Paul McCartney for a take on the Beatles' "Come Together," bringing together three generations of British pop royalty. In between those two contributions came 18 other songs -- two more than expected, since Sinead O'Connor and the K Foundation formerly the KLF turned in tracks unannounced at the last minute. Given the rapid nature of the project, it isn't surprising that some songs on Help are slightly below par. What is surprising is how many songs are very good, even bordering on excellent. Radiohead's "Lucky" equals the best on their fine 1995 album, The Bends it would later be a highlight on OK Computer, The Boo Radleys turn in a first-rate track and Suede's cover of Elvis Costello's "Shipbuilding" is moving. Blur, appearing under their original name Seymour, contribute a kitschy instrumentals, which will probably baffle anyone but dedicated fans. "Come Together" doesn't quite live up to expectations, yet it's charming, much like Help itself. It may have its faults, but it is one of the best, most consistent charity albums ever recorded.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/1995
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 042282868220
  • Catalog Number: 828682

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fade Away - Johnny Depp
  2. 2 Oh Brother
  3. 3 Love Spreads
  4. 4 Lucky - Radiohead
  5. 5 Adnan - Orbital
  6. 6 Mourning Air - Portishead
  7. 7 Fake The Aroma
  8. 8 Shipbuilding - The London Suede
  9. 9 Time For Livin'
  10. 10 Sweetest Truth
  11. 11 Ode to Billie Joe
  12. 12 Search Lights - The Levellers
  13. 13 Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
  14. 14 Tom Petty Loves Veruca Salt - Terrorvision
  15. 15 The Magnificent - One World Orchestra
  16. 16 Message To Crommie - Planet 4 Folk Quartet
  17. 17 Dream a Little Dream - Terry Hall & Salad
  18. 18 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  19. 19 Eine Kleine Lift Musik - Seymour AKA Blur
  20. 20 Come Together - Paul Weller
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Performance Credits
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Manic Street Preachers Track Performer
Massive Attack Track Performer
Stereo MC's Track Performer
The Boo Radleys Track Performer
Orbital Track Performer
Sinéad O'Connor Track Performer
Johnny Depp Track Performer
Technical Credits
Elvis Costello Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Clive Langer Composer
Fabian André Composer
Bobbie Gentry Composer
Krist Novoselic Liner Notes
Wilbur Schwandt Composer
Adrian Utley Composer
Noel Gallagher Composer
Andy MacDonald Liner Notes
Colin Greenwood Composer
Jonny Greenwood Composer
Ed O'Brien Composer
Phil Selway Composer
Geoff Barrow Composer
Beth Gibbons Composer
John Squire Illustrations
Thom Yorke Composer
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