War Child releases four of its all-star albums on vinyl
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By Chris Cooke | Posted on Friday April 8th, 2022
Charity War Child has announced the release of limited-edition vinyl versions of four albums it put together in the 2000s, which among them include music from Muse, Stereophonics, Oasis, George Michael, Avril Lavigne, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Coldplay, Radiohead, Gorillaz, Manic Street Preachers, Beck, Keane, Lily Allen, Elbow and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
War Child, of course, has had a long partnership with the music community in his fundraising efforts, beginning with the release of “The Help Album” in 1995. He has released a number of other records. since then, each featuring music courtesy of an eclectic mix of artists.
The albums released today on vinyl are ‘1 Love’, originally released in 2002 in partnership with the NME; ‘Hope’, the result of a merger with the Daily Mirror in 2003; ‘To help! A Day In The Life’, recorded one day and released the next in 2005, to mark the tenth anniversary of ‘The Help Album’; and 2009’s “Heroes,” in which music legends were asked to nominate a new act to cover one of their songs.
Proceeds from the sale of the vinyl version of these records will fund War Child projects around the world, including in Ukraine. The official statement accompanying the new releases outlines the charity’s work in and around this country since the Russian invasion.
“When conflict broke out in Ukraine, War Child was quick to react,” he explains. “Their teams are already on the ground understanding the impact on children and supporting local volunteers and non-governmental organizations operating in border regions with Ukraine to provide children with life-saving aid and psychological care – quickly.” .
“Millions of children and families are seeking refuge here,” he continues, “arriving with little more than clothes on their backs, and little access to food, water and shelter. By purchasing these classic albums, fans are supporting War Child to reach children in Ukraine and in conflict zones around the world and give them the protection, education and psychosocial support they need”.
Commenting on the reissue of the four albums, Rich Clarke, who runs the charity’s own label, said: “We are delighted to be making this fantastic collection of music available to a new generation of fans and audiences. get these amazing songs, donated through the generosity of the artist community, again raising vital funds for War Child’s lifesaving work.”
“There are some amazing tracks that haven’t been heard in decades, like George Michael’s cover of Don McLean’s ‘The Grave’ or Lily Allen covering ‘Straight To Hell’ with Mick Jones on guitar and backing vocals “, he adds. “We are incredibly proud to release these important albums on vinyl for the first time with limited black, yellow and red releases.”
“The need for War Child’s work has never been greater,” he continues. “10.7 million children in Ukraine are living in a terrifying crisis, and millions more around the world still need essential support due to the conflict. By purchasing one of these limited edition vinyls, you can help make a difference”.
You can buy the vinyl versions of these albums from the War Child Records store here.