Star-Studded Help Album Completed

ATN UK correspondent Stuart Green reports: All the tracks are in, the masters
have been cut and are on their way to
Blackburn for pressing. The Help project, the charity album to aid the
Bosnia War Child fund, is on schedule. But NATO warplanes continue to bomb
Serb positions on the outskirts of Sarajevo. The album will hit the shops as
planned on Sunday. No one has any idea when the Serbs will withdraw.


The KLF have come out of retirement in the guise of the K Foundation and
pieced together a musical collage composed from the theme tune to the
Magnificent Seven, a jungle beat and sampled eastern European voices. Paul
Weller has recorded a soulful version of the Beatles classic, “Come
Together,” with Noel Gallagher and surprise guest Paul McCartney. The Manic
Street Preachers entered the studio for the first time as a three piece and
an unlikely version of Burt Bacharach’s “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head”
is the result. Neneh Cherry has worked over Janis Joplin’s “Ball and
Chain,” while Suede have had a go at the Elvis Costello tune,
“Shipbuilding.” The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess, fresh from celebrating their
number one album, has joined the Chemical Brothers for a version of “Time
For Living.” Producer and patron Brian Eno is in promising collaboration
with the most popular band in Sarajevo, Massive Attack. Portishead
contribute the appropriately titled “Mourning Air.” The Boo Radley’s have
written and recorded a song in one day, as have Radiohead – the title of
the Boos’ track is “Oh Brother.” Ex-Special and Fun Boy 3 member Terry Hall,
duets
with Salad’s Marina on “Dream A Little Dream Of Me.” Terrorvision maintain
their sense of humour with the track, “Tom Petty Loves Veruca Salt.” Blur’s
offering, “I Love You,” was written five years ago by Damon Alabarn.
“Sweetest Truth” by The Stereo MCs is another new song written especially
for the album. The Levellers were the last to finish their track, “Search
Lights.” The Stone roses have recorded a tune, unsurprisingly details are
not yet forthcoming. From what we’ve heard on the radio, it all sounds very
good.


What is promising to be the biggest charity
record since Band Aid will receive a U. S. release on October 17th via London
Records. War Child have just registered as a charity in the U.S. Their first
fund-raiser will be an art exhibition to be held in New York in January
curated by Laurie Anderson.

There will definitely be no Band Aid-style concert to go with the Help
album
as War Child want to keep pressing the message home with a series of
singles that can be released over time. However, Brian Eno will sing in
public for the first time in twenty years when he joins Bono, The Edge and
Pavarotti at the “Pavarotti and Friends” concert to be held in Modena,
Italy, on September 12. They will sing “Miss Sarajevo” a song written by
Eno, Bono and The Edge during their recent stint in the studio. Proceeds
from the concert, held annually, will go to War Child. Pavarotti joins Eno
as the charity’s patron and Lady Di has said she’ll come to the gig.


There are already signs that Help is a success. The money given as an
advance by the British label, Go Discs!, has been distributed in Sarajevo
and the bakeries are currently working at full capacity. Funds have also
been committed to a Mother/child health care programme to take care of
refugees in Travnick.