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  • Audio CD (December 14, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Import
  • Label: Universal Int'l
  • ASIN: B0006I0S6C
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,799 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. Do They Know It's Christmas? (Performed At Live Aid, 1985) - Band Aid

Editorial Reviews

Twenty years after the release of one of the biggest singles of all time, leading artists are set to re-record the Bob Geldof-inspired charity hit 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'. Geldof and Ultravox singer Midge Ure created Band Aid, a supergroup of 40 artists, in 1984 and with the hit single raised over 10 million pounds for famine relief in Ethiopia. Geldof, who traveled to Ethiopia earlier this month as part of the British-sponsored Commission for Africa, became the public face of Band Aid and the subsequent Live Aid concert which raised over 100 million dollars. Three tracks, 'Do They Know It's Christmas', 'Do They Know It's Christmas' (Original 1984 version), & 'Do They Know It's Christmas' (At Live Aid, Wembley, July 1985). Universal. 2004.

Customer Reviews

Well, you know what they say about sequels, don't you?
The Curmudgeon
Fortunately, the original 1984 version is included on the cd so the "young'ens" could see the differece between an original master-piece and this master piece of cr*p.
John Liosatos
Buy this record regardless, it has something for everyone.
M. Baird

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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Bookd on March 16, 2005
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This new version is garbage compared to the old version with Phil Collins, Bono & many others. it would have been cool if they'd reunited the original group instead!!! I bought this CD soley for the old version!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Pĺl Amundsen on January 6, 2005
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...I skip the new version of that beautiful song. Was Paul MacCartney too old to sing on the remake??? Well, in that case I totally agree with the complaints one of the reviewers has written down below. But Paul is not the only one missing! Could they not have gathered up the original artists who performed the song in 85, artists still "young" in sence of their contribution to music today - artists like Sting, Phil Collins, Duran Duran, George Michael (and why not Elton John too?) - they are the ones who "made" this song, and that really does sound when you compare the two versions. 3 stars because of the original that also appeares on the single (A 5 stars-song of course) - the release is pulled down because of the "Idol"-version. What is rap doing in the song, it does not fit in! And the chorus is so pale compared to how it originally goes.

This review is based, of course, on a musical standard. I am glad that the song is still saving lives.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By The Curmudgeon on December 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Well, you know what they say about sequels, don't you? And that rings true here - whilst I'm sure they were aiming for a Terminator 2 kind of sequel (glossier, more expensive, self-aware but ultimately lacking the class and originality of the first part) they instead created a Matrix: Reloaded sequel - bloated, over-produced and downright awful.

Fun fact - do you know they had Paul McCartney in here and didn't want him to sing, because he was too old? True story - they wanted to appeal to the young audience out there, so they just had him play guitar and mug to the camera for the video. Perhaps the idiots that decided NOT to have one of the biggest influences in music EVER sing forgot about the "Perfect Day" charity single from a few years back (that years biggest selling single, no less), which had the likes of Tom Jones, David Bowie, Suzanne Vega, Elton John, Tammy Waynette and other older artists (as well as new talent) perform on there, and "the kids" didn't seem to mind then. They sure as hell wouldn't care if Paul McCartney (who they would've least have HEARD of) sang.

But I digress. Let them get the likes of McCartney, Tom Yorke and Damon Albarn in and NOT sing. Who needs them, when you've got the likes of, nnnnnng, Will Young, Dido, Joss Stone and Justin Hawkins singing? It's like some music executive somewhere compiled a Super-Suck list and managed to get them all to sing. The likes of Bono and Robbie Williams aside, I doubt that, in twenty years time, we'll still be talking about Busted, Sugababes and Rachel Stevens.

And special mention MUST go to the rap (because, hey, rap music is what ALL young people like and listen to, so let's have a completely out of place, un-neccasary and laughable rap in the middle).
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Liosatos on December 25, 2004
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This song starts out well enough, but as usual nobody leaves well enough alone. About two-thirds of the way in, it breaks into guitar work reminiscent of Boston (YUCK), then gets into a bit of rap (DOUBLE YUCK), and finally concludes with a horrible grunge-style guitar jam that would make the dead man proud (TRIPLE YUCK)! It's as if they are trying to include three styles of music into one song. It fails miserably. Fortunately, the original 1984 version is included on the cd so the "young'ens" could see the differece between an original master-piece and this master piece of cr*p.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Roger G. Hunt on December 20, 2005
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The updated version totaly sucks. The orginal is still the best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roberto L. Cabrera on July 17, 2008
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Honestly, the original version sounded much better than the new update of the same song because it was very New Wave-y and apt for its time. Though the new version comprised of today's rising artists, it is beyond comparison to which is which. But... should Bob Geldoff decides to re-issue the original track... adding the remixed, "Feed The World" and instrumental version", I wouldn't let that pass. I'm a new wave music fanatic so I can well understand where everyone here is coming from. Still, it may be worth to those who aren't exactly too partial.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susanne Cardwell on January 25, 2007
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"Its knowledge is beyond intellect

And its actions are driven by compassion

Hope is wisdom"

(Excerpt from author Kirby Thibeault's poem Hope in his book titled Wealth)

Do They Know It's Christmas is an act of love and hope directed toward the betterment of all of humanity. The song was motivated by a compassion, a love for humanity, and a generosity of spirit that resonates and inspires like no other form of communication. This is the meaning of existence, and of human integrity in an active condition.

There exists on this planet individuals who have achieved what Maslow terms a state of self-actualization. These individuals exist in every nationality, in every faith, and in every walk of life.

Like a silent calling, a greater social conscience is directing itself toward the goal of the betterment of all of humanity. In essence, the seeking of higher states of spiritual awareness helps to nurture the flowering of love, hope, sincerity of thought, and understanding that otherwise would be amiss. It is a social universal conscience, a letting go of self -- a letting go of the illusion of ego in favor of a greater love... a global love... a self love... an integral identification with the feelings, hopes, and concerns of others.

We all feel it. We all know the feeling that arises when we perform acts of love, sincerity, kindness, and integrity. We all know the feeling that arises when we inspire another, when we encourage another's positive self-development, when we affirm another's self-worth and -value. Such actions contribute to the betterment of all of humanity.
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