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Do They Know It's Christmas? [Single]

Band Aid 20 Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (29 Nov 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Mercury Records
  • ASIN: B0006I0S6C
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,326 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. Do They Know It's Christmas? ((Performed at Live Aid, Wembley Stadium 1985))Band Aid 4:300.99  Buy MP3 

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The new recording of "Do They Know It's Christmas?", written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984, will have all proceeds contributed to The Band Aid Trust. Performed this time by Band Aid 20, so named because it is 20 years since the release of the original recording, the release also features the original recording from 1984. Recorded at Air Studios in London, the revamped version is produced by Nigel Godrich, best known for his work with Radiohead. Midge Ure is the executive producer. Controversial British contemporary artist Damien Hirst has committed to support the project and has design the sleeve artwork.

The stellar line-up of artists that appear on the record are Robbie Williams, Dido, Chris Martin (Coldplay), Sir Paul McCartney (bass guitar), Bob Geldof, Midge Ure, Radiohead, Bono, Daniel Bedingfield, Natasha Bedingfield, Turin Brakes, The Thrills, Will Young, Katie Melua, Busted, Joss Stone, Lemar, Jamelia, Keane, Beverley Knight, The Darkness, Dizzee Rascal, Ms Dynamite, Snow Patrol, Sugababes, Travis, Danny Goffey (Supergrass, drums), Rachel Stevens, Estelle, Feeder, The Divine Comedy, Moloko, Shaznay Lewis, Morcheeba, Ash, and Damon Albarn (serving tea).

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BAND AID Do They Know Its Christmas (Deleted 2004 issue UK 3-track CD single featuring a superstar line up including Robbie Williams Dido Will Young Chris Martin Fran Healy Justin Hawkins and more... - including the original version from 1984 plus the live performance from Live Aid 1985 complete with picture sleeve)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to surpass the original 16 Nov 2004
By M. Hall
Format:Audio CD
I've just heard this on Radio 1 and what can I say? Well, it's different. The song opens up with the sombre sound of a piano, and the strumming of guitars. Is this the same song? Chris Martin confirms it is with those classic opening lines. Dido next, yawning '...and in a world full of plenty...'. Thank God for Robbie, putting some much needed power into the song, doing his bit with '...but say a prayer, pray for the other ones...'. Sugartarts, I mean babes, up next with their totally un-emotional offering. Travis' Fran Healy next doing a good job with '...where the only water flowing...'. Will Young and Jamelia team up next doing quite a good job continuing with '...is the bitter sting of tears...'
Now the bit we've all been waiting for; music's biggest star Bono with his unforgettable line '...but tonight thank God it's them, instead of you...'
I won't go into the rest of the song for risk of spoiling it for people who haven't heard it yet, but I do have to comment on the inclusion of a rap by Dizze Rascal half way through the song: I nearly choked on my corn flakes this morning when I heard this and it just does not go with the song whatsoever. I would say the artists that stand out on this have to be Tom 'Keane' Chaplin, Fran Healy and Bono. People will argue about this song for many months, if not years, to come, but at the end of the day all these artists (and Ms. Dynamite) gave up their hard earned time to record this song for one of the most deprived regions in our world today, so good on them. Don't forget, ALL proceeds from this single will go to help starving children and to help rebuild broken lives. So, 2 stars for content, 5 stars for the cause.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly as bad as most believe 19 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
This was never going to be able to fairly compete with the excitement and event of 1984/85. However, as far as good intentions go, this is fine and a festive reminder to do the Right Thing. Chris Coldplay Martin and Ben Keane Chaplin play their emotionful parts as one is accustomed especially with the Feed The World chorus. Robbie Williams belts his lines with characterful gusto. Justin Darkness Hawkins eschews his querky histrionics for simple great singing and wrapped around his lines is the infamous Dizzee Rascal moment.
I really think this little section is essential for Band Aid 20. The rap is succinct, to the point and really works, moreover it is current and is an era defining moment for this record.
The gentle meloncholic beginning is swept away in the second half with rousing guitar breaks from Dan Hawkins and Jonny Greenwood building to the ensemble finale.
Unfortunately the great female soul voices of Bev Knight and Joss Stone don't quite get the space they perhaps deserve especially after the hugely popular, but distinctly mediocre Dido has a major opening role. You cannot help comparing Bono '84 to Bono '04, which, despite his explanations, feels far too limp and weak.
I'm sure everyone will buy this regardless (the original '84 version is included too) - If you don't like it then then buy it to show your children and grandchildren how charity records will have progressed / declined in another 20 years and to show the absurdity of how popular certain people were in the middle of this decade!
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about more than music. 29 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
It's simple.
If you like the new version, buy this.
If you prefer the original, buy this. It has the original on.
If you want to hear the Live Aid version, buy this AND buy the Live Aid DVD.
If you don't like the song at all, buy it anyway or go to the website
and cut out the middle man.
It's time to make poverty history. This is a small step in that direction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for them and good for us. 16 Dec 2004
Format:Audio CD
I really do not care what anyone thinks of this song whether it is good or bad all of which is relative anyway BUT I do think that it is a good idea and a good thing for the rest of us when these so called pampered pop stars get off their backsides, record a song and donate the proceeds to a good cause.
It may not be the best song in the world but you can always sing along when you are full of the Xmas spirits, or hum the tune or sing along when you are driving to visit your family. If it encourages you to give to this or any other charity then good for you and good for them.
It is a good thing to think of others less fortunate than ourselves at this time of the year and the people in Africa are getting hit harder than most.
I would implore people to order this item from Amazon right now, send one to everyone they know and tell the world. Ask them if they know it's Xmas and encourage them to do the same.
We are the world, you and I. As the Beatles sang, the love you take is equal to the love you make.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This recording, which I formerly had on vinyl is impossible to find in the U.S. Bob Geldof called on the greatest artists in the U.K. to do a British version of "We are the World", which had recently been recorded in the U.S. Both recordings proceeds were donated to feed starving Africans. A true gem!
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK! 25 Dec 2004
Format:Audio CD
No it's not as good as the original, but it's not that bad either! The original packed more power and, of course, it was completely original. However, the new version has some things going for it. First off, it actually has women singing some of the main lines rather than relegated to the chorus alone. Next, the transition from the first part to the "Feed he world" chorus is actually handled better on this version; I really like the plaintive female voice used here.
Overall, buy it , cos you'll get both versions anyway. Of course you could just send the money to charity, but that won't keep the "buzz" going, and get more people thinking and acting like having this CD the biggest seller of he last 5 years or whatever will.
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Dido, Robbie, Chris, Ms Dynamite, Beverly, Sugababes, Pop Idol stars and the list, is like Santa's good list. Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2008 by Lil' Josh
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth because the original is the b-side
Redoing a classic song is always doing to make people complain (even if the song isn't bad) about the how the original was so much better. Read more
Published on 6 May 2008 by Shorty11857
5.0 out of 5 stars Save the world - buy this single!
I think it was a good idea to redo this song and target the younger generation. This is such a feel-good song, and it gives you a sense of well being listening to it and knowing... Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2006
1.0 out of 5 stars Buffed up but unpolished
This really is a terrible version of what has actually become something of a latter day hymn (together with The Pogues and Kirsty McColl). Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it and play your part in Band Aid.
OK, I will admit, this is not a great song. It's sad and the lyrics and tune are depressing. However as Bob Geldof told all the stars, by not taking part, you are contributing to... Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2004 by H A Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, Hate it, Please Buy it!
The original is great, I like the new version as well, with such a range of different voices, from Justin Hawkins to Joss Stone, Tom Chaplin to Beverly Knight, Bono with his famous... Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2004 by "madasamadhatter"
5.0 out of 5 stars Give them a break! This is a good single and for charity!
I felt I had to comment and give this single 5 stars to counteract the extremely negative previous reviews. Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2004 by dastardlydan
3.0 out of 5 stars What's wrong with it?
Everyone is slating this single, but personally I think that re-making it was a good idea. Children now who won't have heard of the song before and won't have understood what it... Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Do they know it's dreadful??
As someone who was 13 in 1984, I can remember those images that were thrust upon us. Now, here we are in 2004, and those images are just as bad, if not worse. Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2004 by Robert James
5.0 out of 5 stars legendary
20 years ago a bunch of musicians got together and did what they thought they could to introduce the plight of the suffering in Africa to our material christmas. Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2004 by "jj_furballs"
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