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  • Audio CD (12 Oct. 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Go Discs
  • ASIN: B000001FJ7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,417 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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VARIOUS Help (1995 UK 20-track War Child charity compilation CD album including exclusive tracks by Radiohead Stone Roses Manic Street Preachers Sinead OConnor Blur Oasis Massive Attack & more picture sleeve)

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Oasis & Freinds, Radiohead, Portisjhead, Sinead O'connor, Blur, Come Togerther By Smokin' Mojo Filters (Paul Weller, Paul McCartney & Noel Gallagher)

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By A Customer on 25 Nov. 2000
Format: Audio CD
There was much excitement surrounding this release, a benefit for war victims in Bosnia, as the best of Britain and elsewhere were asked to contribute a new recording, cut on the same day in recording studios throughout Europe.
Aside from the lazy Stone Roses, whose "Love Spreads" is barely more than a tape-recorded jam that does the song a disservice, the artists came up trumps. Highlights include Portishead, Blur, Radiohead and a wonderful return to form for Stereo MCs.
However, top of the pile, and worth the purchase price alone, is Sinead O Connor's version of Bobby Gentry's "Ode to Billy Joe". It is majestic.
Other notable cover versions are Suede's haunting "Shipbuilding", and Manic Street Preachers' "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head". They do it, and they do it with style.
Unsurprisingly voted Best Compilation by most music magazines in its year of release, this album is a must for fans of Brit Pop (the album also features Oasis, Boo Radleys and the dub-laden Massive Attack) and Beatles completists (Paul McCartney plays bass on Paul Weller's version of "Come Together").
Incidentally, the first-week British release of the recording was made all the more exciting as due to the hurried nature of the project, track listings could not be printed in time, so early purchasers had to guess who was playing what. Ah, those were the days.....
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I bought this on CD when it first came out around 20 years ago and have been listening to it ever since. Original copies arrived without any track listings as it was pressed very quickly, but the sleeve notes (from Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic) are interesting in themselves, giving an insight into the events in Yugoslavia at the time.

One notable act is 'the One World Orchestra' which is yet another pseudonym for The KLF, who had come out of retirement for this one song, yet again using their trademark heavy sampling techniques, but there are plenty of great Britpop and classic artists like The Stone Roses, Paul Weller, Manic Street Preachers and others to make this album a fantastic snapshot of 90s talent.

The turn around time and nature of the recordings may leave it feeling unpolished, but that's all part of the charm. The music feels raw and not like any typical studio album of the time, no over processed sound here. For me, the artists really manage to bring out their true nature with this type of recording and while some who are raised on high production values may moan, for me it gives the CD far more power to know that it was all recorded in a single day by artists who cared enough to contribute something.

This started the ball rolling for future Help albums, all of which are worth picking up for rare and different takes from established artists, though this original is still, for me, the best.
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Bought this again recently & hasn't lost its allure. Variety - e.g. Portishead, Suede cover of Elvis costello, Chartalans & stereo MCs. Maybe warchild itself could restock it?
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I wanted this as I only had a cassette tape. Loved it when it came out. Though now some of the songs feel a bit introspective and sad, it evokes memories for me
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I bought this especially for Sinead O'Connor singing Ode to Billie Joe. It's one of the most haunting versions of the song I have ever heard. That said it's not the only great track on the album. It was actually cheaper to buy the album 'used' than to download 2 tracks so that's what I did.
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Fantastic brit pop era album, great artists and great cause.
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The aim behind the charity War Child's 1995 release was pretty much beyond reproach; bringing together recording artists from Britain (and Ireland) to produce musical material, with the aim of raising money and focusing attention on the children caught up in the civil war which was raging in Yugoslavia at that time. But the artistic quality of the product is sullied somewhat by the hurried nature of the production. Help's 75 minutes of music was recorded in studios across Europe on Monday 4th September 1995. That was then mixed on Tuesday 5th September, with the final product in reatil stores - sans track listing - on Saturday 9th of the same month.

Different acts responded to the constrained set of circumstances in different ways. There is a hurried quality to the inessential retreads of previously released material by Oasis and The Stone Roses, which provides an inauspicious beginning to proceedings. Other Britpop acts fare slightly better; Radiohead's premiere of 'Lucky', and Blur's instrumental 'Eine Kleine Lift Musik' are thoughtful offerings.

It is noticeable that many of the acts responded to the exigencies of time by making cover versions. The consequences of that choice proved to be variable. Sinead O'Connor essays a haunting version of country act Billie Gentry's 'Ode To Billie Joe': it is one of the standout tracks here. But unimaginative renderings of 'Shipbuilding' and 'Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head', by Suede and Manic Street Preachers only succeeded in having me scuttling back to my record collection to hear the originals.

It is also noteworthy that many artists decided to collaborate. Again this proved to be a mixed blessing.
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