VARIOUS ARTISTS - "HELP! A DAY IN THE LIFE" (2021 WAR CHILD REISSUE) //War Child Records/Virgin Music// (Released 25th March)

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£25.99 – 2xLP, Limited Edition Yellow Vinyl

£21.99 – 2xLP, Standard Edition

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the iconic Help album a new generation of artists came together to create, at the time, the fastest album ever.

They recorded help! a day in the life on thursday 8th september 2005 which the record available for download just 32 hours later. Bands delivered tracks from all around the world, Damon Albarn cancelled a flight to China so Gorillaz could record their track, hong kong. The Kaiser Chiefs recorded a cover version of I heard it through the grapevine whilst on tour in Berlin, Damien Rice delivered cross-eyed bear in a break recording his second album in Dublin and the Manic Street Preachers sent in their third contribution to a war child album, Leviathan, from South Wales.

In a late addition to the tracklisting Chris Martin recorded a new vocal and lyrics for how you see the world no. 2 from New York and Tuarweg musicians Tinawiren sent in Cler Achel from Paris. Elbow recorded a new song called snowball, which lead singer Guy Garvey described as dealing with his outrage at the UK involvement in the Iraq conflict. Its first line: “the biggest mistakes will be forgiven but the snowball of white lies will crush our hearts.” and a significant contribution came from Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier and refugee from Sudan who donated the track gua.

Tracklisting:

Coldplay – how you see the world no. 2
Razorlight – Kirby’s house
Radiohead – I want none of this
Keane and faultline – goodbye yellow brick road
Emmanuel Jal – gua
Gorillaz – hong kong
manic street preachers – leviathan
kaiser chiefs – I heard it through the grapevine
Damien rice – cross-eyed bear
the magic numbers – gone are the days
Tinariwen – Cler Achel
the Coral – it was nothing
Mylo – mars needs women
Maximo park – wasteland
Elbow – snowball
Bloc Party – the present
Hard-fi – help me please
The Go! team – phantom broadcast
Babyshambles – from Bollywood to Battersea

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