War Child Presents Heroes, Vol. 1

War Child Presents Heroes, Vol. 1


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2009
Label: Parlophone (Wea)
UPC: 0603497912629
catalogNumber: 791262
Rank: 152728

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

Leonard Cohen   Composer
Blondie   Composer
David Bowie   Composer
Clash   Composer
Elvis Costello   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Iggy Pop   Composer
Ramones   Composer
Bruce Springsteen   Composer
Joe Strummer   Composer
U2   Composer
Brian Wilson   Composer
Billy Field   Engineer
Ray Davies   Composer
John Agnello   Producer,Engineer
Bernard Butler   Producer
Crispin Cioe   Arranger
Joy Division   Composer
Sally Herbert   String Arrangements
Peter Hook   Composer
Greg Kurstin   Programming,Producer
Nick Launay   Producer,Engineer
B.J. Ben Mason   Producer,Engineer
Linda McCartney   Composer
Roxy Music   Composer
Paul Simonon   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Stephen Morris   Composer
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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War Child Presents Heroes, Vol. 1 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BekahSC More than 1 year ago
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."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago