Various Artists Help

14th October 2023

Format Info

2LP - Red and Black Smoke Vinyl

To mark the 30 th anniversary of War Child and celebrate National Album Day’s theme of the 90’s, War Child Records are reissuing the iconic 1995 charity album HELP on red and black smoke vinyl limited to 2,000 copies exclusively for National Album Day.

Originally mastered by Brian Eno with artwork by John Squire and featuring images from the original recording sessions shot by Lawrence Watson at Abbey Road Studios. The album is the perfect snapshot of a golden time for British music in the 90’s with indie and underground acts taking over the mainstream. The 1995 album features tracks from Oasis and Friends, The Boo Radleys, The Stone Roses, Radiohead, Orbital, Portishead, Massive Attack, Suede, The Charlatans vs. The Chemical Brothers, Stereo MCs, Sinéad O’Connor, The Levellers, Manic Street Preachers, Terrorvision, The One World Orchestra (Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty), Planet 4 Folk Quartet (Andrew Weatherall and David Harrow), Terry Hall and Salad, Neneh Cherry and Trout, Blur and The Smokin’ Mojo Filters (Paul McCartney, Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher).

The HELP album was recorded in a single day and released less than a week later, in a time before WeTransfer,
iPhone and email. It raised over £1.25 million enabling War Child to bring emergency support to thousands of
children in the Bosnian conflict. No charity album before or since has managed to achieve what HELP achieved and
attract such a credible and stellar line-up to create such a relevant, respected and cool album – described by Q
magazine as “the best charity album ever made.”

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