Pearl Jam, Korn, Wallflowers Rush To Aid Kosovo Refugees Via LP

Oasis, Tori Amos, Neil Young offer rare, unreleased tracks to No Boundaries.

Just two weeks after he conceived the idea of No Boundaries --

the upcoming album benefiting refugees from the crisis in Kosovo --

producer David Massey said he had gotten commitments from Pearl Jam,

Oasis, the Wallflowers and Korn to participate in the effort.

"This is an idea I came up with a little over two weeks ago, and the

speed with which we've been able to assemble it has been just astounding,"

said Massey, the album's executive producer.

The quick response from such superstar acts has allowed him to expedite

the album's release. Massey, who also serves as executive vice president

of A&R (artists and repertoire) at Epic Records, said he and his team

have been toiling nearly nonstop for the past two weeks to make the

album's June 15 street date.

The 16-song album will feature previously unreleased material from

pop-rock artists Ben Folds Five, the Wallflowers and Tori Amos, as well

as live tracks from singer/songwriters Neil Young, Alanis Morissette,

Sarah McLachlan and the Indigo Girls. Heavy-metal icons Black Sabbath,

rockers Oasis and Bush, neo-soul group Jamiroquai and singer/songwriter

Peter Gabriel will contribute B-sides and remixes.

"There's been so much going on in the press and on TV about these refugees

that I started to feel like we were reliving the Holocaust," Massey said.

"I thought, as an industry, we could ... help, and I reacted quickly so

that we could do something that is both timely and could benefit the

refugees tremendously."

The album will benefit three humanitarian groups -- Doctors Without

Borders, OXFAM (formerly known as Oxford Famine Relief) and CARE

(Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere). The three agencies

will receive an initial donation of $1 million from Epic Records,

according to Massey, with future revenues from the album to be split

among the organizations.

Massey credited Seattle rockers Pearl Jam with getting the ball rolling

on the project. Once the band agreed to let its cover of J. Frank Wilson

and the Cavaliers' 1964 hit, "Last Kiss"

(RealAudio excerpt), be the first single from the album, getting the

rest of the artists to participate was easier than expected, Massey said.

The Pearl Jam track was issued as a 7-inch single to the band's fan-club

members in December and was officially released to radio May 3. It will

be available in stores by June 8, according to representatives for the

band. The single's B-side, which also will be featured on No Boundaries,

is a cover of a 1962 Arthur Alexander B-side, "Soldier of Love."

"Pearl Jam is proud to offer this small contribution to help improve the

appalling conditions of the refugees suffering from this human rights

tragedy in Kosovo," Pearl Jam manager Kelly Curtis said in a prepared

statement.

An intensive bombing campaign was initiated two months ago by NATO to

try to stem what is believed to be a program of ethnic cleansing against

Albanians by Serbian forces under the direction of Yugoslav President

Slobodan Milosevic. NATO and U.S. leaders have expressed fear that

unrest in the former Yugoslavia could lead to a political crisis that

would affect such neighboring countries as Greece, Albania and Macedonia.

It has been reported that thousands of Albanians have been killed by

Serbian forces. A flood of refugees has been streaming out of Kosovo

since the beginning of the air campaign, creating a massive humanitarian

crisis and a virtual nation of displaced people.

The speed with which Massey was able to collect the tracks was dubbed

"pretty stunning" by JoAnne Klabin, managing director of Sweet Relief

Musicians Fund, a nonprofit that gives money to musicians in need. The

Fund, which was founded by musician Victoria Williams, has released two

star-studded albums of songs written by Williams and fellow singer/songwriter

Vic Chesnutt, as performed by such artists as Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Garbage,

Soul Asylum and Cracker.

"Two weeks? I mean, does this guy [Massey] sleep?" Klabin said. "I'm

really impressed. It took almost a year for us to do the Vic Chesnutt

album. We did fresh material, but still, by the time all the publishing

and recording rights were all figured out, it was a long time. I assume

the artists just told their attorneys to find a way to make it work."

The pace of compiling the album has been so frantic, Massey said, that

while he was mastering it Tuesday, two of the tracks arrived by rush

delivery to just barely make it in.

"I've never seen anything done like this before," Massey said. "I was

just so moved by the crisis because, in our generation, I don't think

we've ever witnessed anything on this scale.

"It's not a political cause," he continued. "It has nothing to do with

that. It's about the refugees getting food, water and health care. It

just goes to show you that when you really want something to happen and

people take obstacles out of your way, miracles do happen."

The full track listing for No Boundaries is: Pearl Jam, "Last

Kiss" (1998 fan-club Christmas single); Alanis Morissette, "Baba" (1999

live track); Rage Against the Machine, "Ghost of Tom Joad" (CD single of

Bruce Springsteen composition); Neil Young, "War of Man" (live); Korn,

"Freak on a Leash" (Butch Vig remix); Black Sabbath, "Psychoman" (Danny

Saber remix); Bush, "Come Down" (acoustic); Ben Folds Five, "Leather

Jacket" (previously unreleased song); Oasis, "Take Me Away" (British

B-side); Sarah McLachlan, "Mary" (1998 live track); Indigo Girls, "Go"

(1998 live track); the Wallflowers, "Used to Be Lucky" (previously

unreleased song); Jamiroquai, "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" (British B-side);

Tori Amos, "Merman" (previously unreleased song); Peter Gabriel,

"Fourteen Black Paintings" (track from Us); and Pearl Jam,

"Soldier of Love" (1998 fan-club Christmas single).