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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A collector's item!, 25 Nov. 2000
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This review is from: Help (Bosnia War Child) (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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Initial post: 18 Jul 2010 11:38:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Jul 2010 11:43:33 BDT
Buzzard says:
I have to protest about the Stone Roses comment, the War Child version of Love Spreads is both exciting and fresh. Reni comes to the fore, and from somewhere, a mystery pianist enters the mix... at least as good as the version on Second Coming!

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Feb 2012 22:35:45 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Feb 2012 22:37:51 GMT
Davey P. says:
Reni didn't play on this version. Robbie Maddix did. Reni had quit by this stage. The pianist was Nigel Ippinson, the Roses touring keyboardist in 1995.

Posted on 10 May 2015 19:58:51 BDT
nodz says:
this Love Spreads version is a very cocky one and brings extra gravitas to the actual content - as was the intention. definitive version for me.
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