War Child Presents Heroes, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
War Child Presents Heroes isn't a typical benefit album. Compilations filled with covers are nothing new, of course, but in this case, marquee artists were asked to handpick younger artists to cover them, in addition to choosing the songs to be covered. Some of the match-ups -- the Hold Steady on Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City," the Kooks on the Kinks' "Victoria" -- are too natural to produce anything but easily predictable and faithful results. In several other cases, the contributors could have just as easily made the cover choices on their own -- Franz Ferdinand doing Blondie's "Call Me" is no stretch; ditto Peaches' taking on Iggy & the Stooges' "Search and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
War Child Presents Heroes isn't a typical benefit album. Compilations filled with covers are nothing new, of course, but in this case, marquee artists were asked to handpick younger artists to cover them, in addition to choosing the songs to be covered. Some of the match-ups -- the Hold Steady on Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City," the Kooks on the Kinks' "Victoria" -- are too natural to produce anything but easily predictable and faithful results. In several other cases, the contributors could have just as easily made the cover choices on their own -- Franz Ferdinand doing Blondie's "Call Me" is no stretch; ditto Peaches' taking on Iggy & the Stooges' "Search and Destroy" -- so it's not as if there are any truly off-the-wall pairings. The highlights tend to come from those who sound as if they're truly having fun, most evident on Beck's "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat" (Bob Dylan), which packs an irresistible, fuzzy punch.
Rolling Stone - Barry Walters
Sixteen legendary musicians — including Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen — pick acts to cover their classics, to benefit war-affected children.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2009
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • EAN: 5099969429927
  • Catalog Number: 94299

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat - Beck (3:47)
  2. 2 Victoria - The Kooks (4:04)
  3. 3 Atlantic City - The Hold Steady (3:43)
  4. 4 Transmission - Hot Chip (3:45)
  5. 5 Straight to Hell - Lily Allen (3:32)
  6. 6 Sheena Is a Punk Rocker - Yeah Yeah Yeahs (3:38)
  7. 7 Call Me - Franz Ferdinand (3:06)
  8. 8 Live and Let Die - Duffy (4:21)
  9. 9 Superstition - Estelle (2:26)
  10. 10 Smile - Rufus Wainwright (3:26)
  11. 11 Do the Strand - Scissor Sisters (3:16)
  12. 12 Search and Destroy - Peaches (3:11)
  13. 13 Take This Waltz - Adam Cohen (4:48)
  14. 14 Running to Stand Still - Elbow (3:06)
  15. 15 You Belong to Me - The Like (4:51)
  16. 16 Heroes - TV on the Radio (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bernard Butler Electric Guitar
Crispin Cioe Saxophone
Barry Danielian Trumpet
Louise Fuller Violin
Sally Herbert Violin
Greg Kurstin Keyboards
Sonia Slany Violin
Rufus Wainwright Vocals
David McAlmont Background Vocals
Brad Albetta Bass
Craig Finn Guitar, Vocals
Warren Zielinski Violin
Ian Burdge Cello
Franz Nicolay Keyboards, Background Vocals
Thomas Bartlett Piano, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Brian Chase Drums
David Andrew Sitek Synthesizer, Guitar
Tunde Adebimpe Vocals
Kyp Malone Vocals
Nate Jones Bass
Maxim Moston Violin, Background Vocals
Jaleel Bunton Guitar, fender rhodes
Brian Lebarton Bass, Harmonica, Piano, Drums
Peter Hess Tenor Saxophone
Galen Polivka Bass Guitar
Rob Moose Guitar, Violin, Background Vocals
Charlotte Froom Bass
Tennessee Thomas Drums
Z. Berg Guitar, Vocals
Luke Pritchard Guitar, Vocals
Tim Smart Trombone
Lily Allen Vocals
Fimber Bravo Steel Drums
James Arben Saxophone
Dan Logan Bass, Background Vocals
Nick Zinner Guitar
Technical Credits
Blondie Composer
The Clash Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Bruce Springsteen Composer
Joe Strummer Composer
U2 Composer
Billy Field Engineer
Ray Davies Composer
John Agnello Producer, Engineer
Bernard Butler Producer
Crispin Cioe Arranger
Sally Herbert String Arrangements
Peter Hook Composer
Greg Kurstin Programming, Producer
Nick Launay Producer, Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
B.J. Ben Mason Producer, Engineer
Paul Simonon Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Stephen Morris Composer
Paul & Linda McCartney Composer
Geoff Pesche Mastering
Seb Lewsley Engineer
Neil Tucker Engineer
Mike Parker Engineer
Craig Potter Producer
Matty Green Engineer
David Andrew Sitek Producer, drum programming
Maxim Moston Producer
Tim Smart Brass Arrangment
Shawn Everett Producer, Engineer
Noah Goldstein Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Be a Hero and Buy This CD

    This was a compilation I kind of stumbled upon, but it quickly went into regular rotation because of its eclectic sound and diverse artists. Plus, I love the concept of the original artist picking another act to cover the song. So you've got a rollicking version of Beck doing Dylan's "Leopard Skin Pill-Box Hat," The Hold Steady sounding just as gritty and authentic as The Boss on Springsteen's "Atlantic City" and Franz Ferdinand tearing it up live on Blondie's "Call Me." Other highlights include Hot Chip's inventive take on Joy Division's "Transmission" complete with steel drums and Elbow's version of "Running to Stand Still" by U2. The disc closes with TV on the Radio's incredible cover of David Bowie's "Heroes."

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