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War Child: Heroes [CD]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 Feb 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Parlophone Records
  • ASIN: B001O5ZNYS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,960 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box HatBeck 3:02Album Only
Listen  2. Do The StrandScissor Sisters 4:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Straight To HellLily Allen Featuring Mick Jones 5:21Album Only
Listen  4. Live And Let DieDuffy 2:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Running To Stand StillElbow 5:16Album Only
Listen  6. HeroesTV On The Radio 5:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. TransmissionHot Chip 4:57Album Only
Listen  8. VictoriaThe Kooks 3:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Superstition (War Child Album Version)Estelle 3:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Wonderful/Song For ChildrenRufus Wainwright 4:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Search And DestroyPeaches 3:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Atlantic CityThe Hold Steady 4:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. You Belong To MeThe Like 2:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Sheena Is A Punk RockerYeah Yeah Yeahs 2:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Call MeFranz Ferdinand 3:260.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

BBC Review

Yet another charity cover versions album, War Child: Heroes adds novelty by asking the original artists to choose who should revive their songs. The results are predictably mixed: Mick Jones' choice of Lily Allen to add sugar and cream to The Clash's Straight To Hell proves surprisingly inspired, while Paul McCartney once again picks the wrong woman, with Duffy suffocating Live And Let Die with coy mannerisms.

As with all covers, the best songs here revere the original (is there anything more dispiriting than an ironic cover?) but add a new dimension or perspective, As well as Allen's chimingly lovely version of Straight To Hell, her sweet vocal making the lyrics bite even harder, Peaches brilliantly re-invents The Stooges' Search And Destroy as sleek, dark electropop and Scissor Sisters streamline and discofy Roxy Music's Do The Strand.

Of the bolder cover attempts, only Duffy's Live And Let Die truly falls flat on its face. Presumably, slowing down this former Bond theme was an attempt to add Shirley Bassey grandeur, but losing its abrupt, playful shifts in tempo robs it of all its former charm. Rufus Wainwright fares much better with his medley from Brian Wilson's Smile, pushing his florid, elegant vocals to the forefront.

There are more straightforward revisitings, too. Beck's version of Leopard-Skin Pill Box Hat is strikingly similar to Bob Dylan's own honky tonk version, with a little added swagger, while Elbow approach Running To Stand Still with the same stately grace as U2. Sadly, TV On The Radio's version of David Bowie's Heroes is a mess, with its hard electro beats adding nothing to the futuristic perfection of the original.

War Child: Heroes is admirably more ambitious than many previous covers records, and the fact it succeeds so often is to its credit. But given the breadth of talent assembled here, you do wonder whether letting them turn in their own homework might have been even more satisfying. --Jaime Gill

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titolo-war child. heroes vol.1etichett-avirginn. dischi1data-13 febbraio 2009supporto-cd audiogenerepop e rock internazionalecompilation----brani1. beck (bob dylan: leopard-skin pill-box hat)2. scissor sisters (roxy music: do the strand)3. lily allen ft. mick jones (the clash: straight to hell)4. duffy (paul mccartney: live and let die)5. elbow (u2: running to stand still)6. tv on the radio (david bowie: heroes)7. hot chip (joy division: transmission)8. the kooks (the kinks: victoria)9. estelle (stevie wonder:superstition)10. rufus wainwright (brian wilson:wonderful/ song for children)11. peaches (iggy pop: search and destroy)12. the hold steady (bruce springsteen: atlantic city)13. the like (elvis costello: you belong to me)14. yeah yeah yeahs (the ramones: sheena is a punk rocker)15. franz ferdinand (blondie: call me)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what compilation albums should be 12 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
This album's had amazing reviews on a lot of websites and it's right up front on myspacemusic. Have a listen and judge for yourself. The Elbow track is an astonishing cover of U2's classic Running to Stand Still and Franz Ferdinand do a rousing rendition of Blondie's Call Me. Beck, TV on the Radio, the Kooks, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Peaches all do great covers from the Ramones through to Bowie. There are few albums where you'll have more than half a dozen favourites like this. In fact the whole deal stands up to repeated listening. It wont disappoint.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You MUST buy this album 12 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
This isn't just a fantastic line up. This is music at it's best. The radio play this album's got has only scratched the surface. I've just listened to it on myspace and there isn't a single track I don't love. I don't normally write reviews like this. But this is great music to meet the needs of a great cause.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aural treat! Buy this album!!! 18 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
Do yourself a favour - buy this album! Not only is War Child a fantastic charity but the album is truly amazing. Beck's cover of Dylan is stomping. Lily Allen duets with Mick Jones to give a whole new flavour to The Clash's 'Straight to Hell.' But the best is yet to come. Band de jour, TV on the Radio, remain faithful to Bowie's Heroes while also bringing something distinctly new to it. Hot Chip re-imagine Joy Division's 'Transmission' rather than trying to just copy the iconic original and succeed in giving a new electro, post punk-ish tinge to the track, one of the album stand outs. Peaches brings Berlin grit and dirty bass to The Stooge's 'Search and Destroy' which is another of the highlights. And The Like bring a 50s do-wop to Elvis Costello's 'You Belong To Me'.

Cannot recommend this highly enough!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good album - great cause 13 Mar 2009
By Misty
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There are some excellant covers of well-loved classics on this cd, some tracks I didn't know but I liked the covers anyway and some crimes against music! However it's a great cause and it's well worth buying this as an interesting experiment...it has introduced me to some new artists I'll buy more of and some old tracks I'd like to hear the originals of.

The best covers without a doubt are Elbow's Running To Stand Still & Franz Ferdinand doing Call Me - both of which are at least as good as the originals which is some achievement.

Other tracks i didn't know, but enjoyed were Becks cover of Bob Dylan and Lilly Allen on the Clash. I love love love the Hot Chip version of Transmission although i have no idea how the original sounds!

And the crimes against music - Scissor Sisters massacring The Strand - they should cut their tongues out it's horrendous. Duffy on Live and Let die is pretty lacklustre too - the old GnR cover is a much better attempt.

The Estelle version of Superstition is so-so - i was expecting to be blown away but it's a hard original to live up to.

I've only listened to it a couple of times so maybe some of the other tracks may turn out to be growers or fillers...not sure yet!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry but this is NOT a great album 9 April 2009
By Barmee
Format:Audio CD
I dare say that many folks will not want to agree with me becuase this is a great list of musicians and the cause is an excellent one. However those things alone do not a great album make.

However while there are some wonderful covers here (see The Hold Steady and Peaches) many frankly stink. It is a shame as in many cases the artists in question are ones that I am a fan of, however some songs are plain dull (Duffy, Lilly Allen) while others are just terrible (Estelle, Rufus Wainwright).

Buy the album to support the cause by all means, but don't expect something that will knock your socks off song after song.

In summary it is great at the start, falls over in the middle and then picks it self up again (red faced) at the end.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Memo to the BBC Reviewer 3 Mar 2012
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
After reading the utterly stupid review by the rock critics at the Beeb the whole point is these War Child comps are first and foremost for charity and not for dissecting.
Maybe some of the covers are poor but so what? Covers are today the lifeblood of the music industry though I would tend to doubt the blurb on the sleeve of "the ultimate..."
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3.0 out of 5 stars CD compilation. 20 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
The charity is admirable - some of the recordings less so. Some are great - and some frankly forgettable. It's your choice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars War Child Heroes 20 Mar 2009
By Brendan
Format:Audio CD
I adore this cd. I ordered it through a seller associated with Amazon, it arrived even faster than expected. Cannot fault this cd whatsoever:)
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