Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, The Clash and David Bowie are amongst the artists who have helped come up with a new covers album to benefit the War Child Charity.
Each artist has chosen a track from their back catalogue and nominated a contemporary musician or band to record a cover version for the new compilation to be released on November 24.
Hence we see McCartney choosing Duffy to cover Wings track “Live And Let Die”, Wilson selecting Rufus Wainwright to perform two tracks from ‘Smile’ and Bob Dylan picking Beck to take on “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat.”
The compilation entitled ‘Heroes (Vol 1)’ will have artwork designed by former Stone Roses guitarist John Squire, who previously designed the cover for War Child’s 1995 charity album ‘Help.’
McCartney commenting on his involvement has said: “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.”
The full tracklisting will be revealed soon, but so far also includes The Kooks covering The Kinks‘s “Victoria” and Hot Chip performing Joy Division‘s “Transmission.”
More information about the forthcoming compilation and about War Child is available here, www.warchild.org.uk/music.
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