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- Release date:
- Sep 09, 1995
This album has been recorded during the following studio sessions
Sep 04, 1995
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Fake The Aroma
Time For Livin'
Sweetest Truth (Show No Fear)
Ode to Billie Joe
Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
Tom Petty Loves Veruca Salt
Message to Crommie
Dream a Little Dream of Me
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Eine Kleine Lift Musik
The Help Album is a 1995 charity album devoted to the War Child charity’s aid efforts in war-stricken areas, such as Bosnia and Herzegovina. It features many then-popular British and Irish artists, and spawned the follow-up albums 1 Love (2002), Hope (2003), Help!: A Day in the Life (2005) and War Child Presents Heroes (2009).
The album’s recording was inspired by the concept behind John Lennon’s “Instant Karma!” – records, like newspapers, should be released as soon as they are recorded. Help was recorded on Monday, 4 September 1995, mixed on Tuesday the fifth, and was in shops on Saturday the ninth. Notable tracks include:
- A version of The Beatles’ song “Come Together”, by new supergroup the Smokin’ Mojo Filters: Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher, Steve Cradock, Steve White, and Carleen Anderson.
- A cover of “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”, which marked the Manic Street Preachers’ return to recording after the disappearance of Richey Edwards.
- The first appearance of the Radiohead song “Lucky”, which was later to appear on the album OK Computer.
- Suede’s cover of Elvis Costello’s “Shipbuilding”.
- The first new recording from Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty (better known as The KLF, but performing here as “One World Orchestra”) in over 2 years, “The Magnificent”: a drum and bass version of the theme tune from the film The Magnificent Seven, with vocal samples from DJ Fleka of Serbian radio station B92.
- A version of Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billy Joe” by Sinéad O’Connor. As the makers of the album were putting the final touches to the album, a courier arrived with a tape of O’Connor’s contribution. In theory the song had arrived too late for inclusion in the album, but the producers were so impressed with her haunting rendition that they felt they had to include the song.
- An early appearance by Kate Moss with her then boyfriend Johnny Depp on the Oasis contribution, “Fade Away”.
- A re-recording of “Love Spreads” by The Stone Roses; this is the only studio recording by the band that features drummer Robbie Maddix.
The album’s sleeve notes included a contribution from former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, as well as artwork by John Squire and Massive Attack’s 3-D. It reached number one on the UK albums compilation charts, and would have reached number one on the UK albums chart had Gallup, who compiled the charts at the time, not refused to accept it as a single artist album (Go! Discs had attempted to get around the chart restriction on various artists albums by declaring that all contributors were members of a one-off supergroup called War Child). In his book A Year with Swollen Appendices, Brian Eno writes bitterly about this decision, claiming that it cost the charity thousands of pounds in lost sales. Nevertheless, the album raised more than £1.25 million for War Child.
An abbreviated Help EP was released in conjunction with the Help album, reaching number 51 on the UK charts.
The Smokin’ Mojo Filters’ version of “Come Together” was released as a single, reaching number 19 on the UK Singles Chart. Like the Help EP, it featured a variety of artists.
Last updated on April 19, 2016