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War Child UK charity album 'Help' reissued to celebrate record's 25th anniversary

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The 1995 U.K. charity album Help has been reissued to celebrate the record’s 25th anniversary.

The compilation, which features contributions from Radiohead, Oasis, Blur, Portishead and Sinéad O’Connor, is now available for digital download and streaming for the first time.

Help was recorded over the course of one day, and was released to support the organization War Child UK and its efforts in helping children affected by war, particularly in what was then Yugoslavia. It included a number of previously unreleased songs, such as Radiohead’s “Lucky,” which would eventually be featured on their landmark 1997 album OK Computer.

“It was an honor to be a part of this,” says guitarist Ed O’Brien. “We recorded ‘Lucky’ in a day as that was the remit…all the bands had to record their song at the same time in different studios on this specific day. That version is the one on OK Computer.”

Help also included a cover of The Beatles‘ “Come Together” by a one-off supergroup called The Smokin’ Mojo Filters, which featured Paul McCartney, Oasis’ Noel Gallagher and The Jam‘s Paul Weller, among others.

By Josh Johnson
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