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War Child presents Heroes

War Child Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box HatBeck 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. VictoriaThe Kooks 3:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Atlantic CityThe Hold Steady 4:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. TransmissionHot Chip 4:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Straight To HellLily Allen Featuring Mick Jones 5:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Sheena Is A Punk RockerYeah Yeah Yeahs 2:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Call MeFranz Ferdinand 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Live And Let DieDuffy 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Superstition (War Child Album Version)Estelle 3:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Wonderful/Song For ChildrenRufus Wainwright 4:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Do The StrandScissor Sisters 4:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Search And DestroyPeaches 3:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Take This Waltz (Toma Este Waltz)Adam Cohen 4:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Running To Stand StillElbow 5:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. You Belong To MeThe Like 1:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. HeroesTV On The Radio 5:39$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 24, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,615 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2009 War Child charity compilation. War Child is a unique charity. It is the only child protection agency operating in south Iraq, the only agency to have separated children from adults in Afghanistan prisons and the only international organization working with ex-child soldiers in northern Democratic Republic of Congo. War Child is only able to work in these locations through a unique combination of security management and private funding. War Child - Heroes Volume One is a product of War Child working with the ultimate living legends of modern music and asking them to select their personal favorite track from all those they have recorded and then nominate the current recording artist they would most trust to record a new version of that track. Features cuts from Beck, Scissor Sisters, Duffy, Hot Chip, The Kooks, Lily Allen with Mick Jones, Franz Ferdinand, The Hold Steady and others. EMI.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I am generally not much for these type of compilation/charity albums, but only a week after the excellent "Dark Was the Night" indie-rock charity compilation now comes yet another great one. This album is I think the 4th or even 5th in this series, benefitting children that are the victims of war. The previous one, 2005's "Help: A Day in the Life" made my "best of" for that year.

"War Child presents Heroes" (16 tracks; 64 min.) starts with a brilliant concept: legends in the music industry pick a newer artist, who then in turn chooses a song to cover from that legend! The album starts off with a blazing "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat"", chosen and covered by Beck (chosen by Dylan). And off we go! The set brings one highlight after another, there are barely any weak tracks on here, and plenty of surprises. Such as: Elvis Costello picking The Like (where in the world have they been the last 3 years?), who then bring a blazing "You Belong To Me" (from "This Year's Model"), wow. Or U2 picking Elbow, who bring a mesmorizing "Running to Stand Still" (from "The Joshua Fire"). Or Paul McCartney picking Duffy, who brings a completely reinvented "Live and Let Die", just great. Or David Bowie picking TV on the Radio, who then bring a great "Heroes" (the closing track of the album). But the absolute highlight of the album belongs to Roxy Music picking Scissor Sisters, who then bring a delightful "Do The Strand", better than anything they've done since their debut album.

The album is a delight from start to finish. And did I mention it supports a great cause? So do yourself a favor, and buy this album, you'll thank me later. It seems this particular series of charity album comes out with a new one every 4 or 5 years or so, and I'm already looking forward to the next one. Meanwhile "War Child presents Heroes" is sure to make my "best of" albums for this year again. Highly recommended!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All for a noble cause!! March 25, 2009
Format:Audio CD
"War Child presents Heroes" is the third in the series of compilations to raise money for children affected by war around the world. Prior to this release, the only other one I'd owned was 2005's "Help - a day in the life" featuring acts such as Radiohead, Keane, Coldplay and Bloc Party to mention a few.

This new collection comes with a twist. Where "Help.." comprised mostly new recordings from the artistes involved, here we get covers of songs selected by the original performers. This is the only minus, as one gets to compare the covers with the originals (where you are familiar with them). For example, Franz Ferdinand's live cover of Blondie's "Call me" is practically identical to the original, right down to the deadpan vocals of Debbie Harry. Well, the song is great so that is really no loss.

Estelle sounds a wee bit like Lauryn Hill as she blasts through Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" but with those funky horns replaced with scatting and ad libs. Duffy does a stripped, Bluey-y cover of Paul McCartney's "Live and let die", the Hold Steady transform Bruce Springsteen's acoustic ballad "Atlantic City" into an upbeat Rocker, yet still manage to sound just like the Boss himself.

Rufus Wainwright does what he does well, a theatrical almost Cabaret delivery of "Wonderful/Song For Children", a Medley from Brian Wilson's Smile, one of my favourites. Elbow turn in a Coldplay-style delivery of U2's "Running to stand still", initially calm and building to a stadium-sized climax. David Bowie's "Heroes" is given an upbeat, stomping treatment by TV on the radio with lead singer Tunde Adebimpe turning in an echoing Bowie vocal impression.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pretty Cool Album that benefits charity! :) March 1, 2009
Format:MP3 Music
I bought this album and I enjoy it. It's a cover album with a lot of cool recent and critically acclaimed artists. What's cool abut this album is that the original artists picked the new artists they wanted to cover their songs. The songs all sound really good and you can tell the people covering them all put their own touch on them. My favorite song here is "Straight to Hell" by Lily Allen. Lily takes this amazing song originally by The Clash and puts her own touch on it. I love it!

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a cool album full of great songs, download this album. Also money from the albums sold will go to War Child, a charity that provides humanitarian assistance to children in devastated regions. So download the album, enjoy the music, and feel good that you helped a child somewhere out there. :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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War Child Presents Heroes gives us some pretty special music from many of today's big name artists doing covers of songs by legendary musicians and groups. The quality of the sound is excellent and the artwork is very well done. The selection of songs impresses me and the range of musical styles on this album is quite broad. Moreover, it's wonderful that the proceeds from this CD can help children affected by the ravages of war. Children are innocent victims of war and it's great to support them when you buy this CD.

The album begins with Beck doing a terrific job on "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat" from Bob Dylan's 1966 album Blonde on Blonde. Beck never skips a beat and the guitar work is some of the best I've ever heard--honest! Beck performs this number without a flaw and his excellent diction enhances his performance all the more. Bob Dylan must have been very pleased with this; and it's a very strong way to kick off the entertainment. "Atlantic City" by Bruce Springsteen is covered by The Hold Steady; they play and sing this to perfection--and beyond! It has a much more laid-back flavor to it than "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat" but make no mistake about it--"Atlantic City" is an incredible number. Similarly, "Straight To Hell" features the wonderful voice of the most talented Lily Allen; and that percussion works so well for this ballad! Lily Allen and Mick Jones do this one up right; and that's great.
"Call Me" showcases Franz Ferdinand doing an excellent cover of one of Blondie's signature tune; and they never drop the ball once. I really like "Call Me" and it's easily a major highlight of this album. There's also "Live And Let Die" performed by Duffy; Duffy sings this and the backup chorus really makes the number even stronger.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Recording
Love the idea behind this album, if you're interested I'd recommend also looking at the warchild website. Read more
Published on June 11, 2009 by killing fashion since 1983
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
Besides the Springsteen cover by the Hold Steady and the song by Beck, I found the rest of this CD totally forgettable.
Published on May 9, 2009 by L. Low
5.0 out of 5 stars Heroes... Alright!
Just looking at the artists - both original and cover - I knew I would love this album. I do. I absolutely love it. Read more
Published on April 12, 2009 by Jennifer L. Godfrey
3.0 out of 5 stars mediocre effort
other than a handful of songs, this is not worth buying. select the good songs and just get those.
Published on March 26, 2009 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not all the songs are wins
There are a few good covers on this. Beck doing Dylan, the kooks, the hold steady, the yeah yeah yeahs, duffy, peaches, the like, and my personal favorite elbow. Read more
Published on March 22, 2009 by B. Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the few great cd's like this out there.
While this album could have been another throwaway concept, done with little regard for either the original artists or with little creativity by the bands covering them. Read more
Published on March 10, 2009 by Mark McLaughlin
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the originals
The strength of this album is that even though these are covers each artist redoes the song as though it was their own. Read more
Published on February 27, 2009 by W. Dietrich
5.0 out of 5 stars The song Lily Allen was born to record!
OK...first off, the 5 stars are for Lily Allen's cover of STRAIGHT TO HELL. And so you know where I am coming from. I am not a huge fan of Ms. Allen. Read more
Published on February 26, 2009 by Gorman Bechard
5.0 out of 5 stars War Child "Heroes"
This new compilation of covers is a bit different than similar collections, in that the original artist selected the song and "nominated" a contemporary artist to perform the song. Read more
Published on February 25, 2009 by MARK D
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