War Child is proud to announce the release of their biggest and most ambitious album to date: HEROES
“Heroes”, is to be released by EMI’s Parlophone label on November 24, featuring a unique and unprecedented collaboration between the biggest names in music history and today’s hottest artists, working with a concept that mirrors one of the intrinsic aims of War Child’s worldwide efforts in war zones across the world – to place faith in the next generation.
The concept of “Heroes” is that the biggest legends in music, including Sir Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Brian Wilson and The Clash, select one of the classic tracks from their own songwriting canon, and nominate an artist from the next generation to create a modern reworking of that classic song.
You'll have to sit tight and wait for the full track listing, due to be released in due course, but for now here's a little taster of how the album is shaping up with the following cover versions.
DUFFY covering SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY’S “LIVE AND LET DIE”
HOT CHIP covering JOY DIVISION’S “TRANSMISSION”
BECK covering BOB DYLAN’S “LEOPARD-SKIN PILL-BOX HAT”
BRIAN WILSON nominating RUFUS WAINWRIGHT , who performs a medley of two tracks from "Smile"
THE KOOKS covering THE KINKS’ “VICTORIA”.
Sir Paul McCartney, who featured on the original "Help" album in 1995 and also on board for "Heroes" showed his support for War Child and the "Heroes" album:
- "I have been supporting War Child since 1995. Their work with children in war zones saves lives and their work with those who take decisions that help them to do something about it saves even more lives. I think Duffy's version of 'Live And Let Die' is great - I was really impressed. The breadth of talent on this project is amazing; it's great that so many people gave their time, energy and support to this initiative. I urge everyone to support War Child."
Miles Leonard, MD of Parlophone spoke of his delight at Parlaphone's involvment in the latest chapter of War Child's amazing history with music:
- “Heroes (Vol 1) is the most innovative and exciting War Child album to date and therefore it was essential for me that Parlophone be involved. It is very rewarding to see so many artists giving so generously of their time for such a worthwhile cause. I’ve admired the War Child organisation for many years now so I am delighted that Parlophone has been able to lend its support”
Already shaping up to be a musical tour-de-force, "Heroes" will go towards War Child's work in protecting the most hard to reach children hit by a combination of war, poverty and marginalisation.
Mark Waddinton, CEO of War Child UK expressed the invaluable contribution "Heroes" will make to our work:
- “The prosecution of war on children outrages us. And War Child shares this outrage with many, many people. The generosity of the legendary and talented artists who have made this album happen is helping us to harness this outrage and do something really positive for children marginalised by war, the real heroes.”.