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WAR CHILD ‘HEROES’: New Vs. Old, Part 1: Duffy

Published: Mon February 09, 2009  News Feed

‘War Child: Heroes’ is the ultimate covers album: an unprecedented coming together of music’s greatest ever legends and today’s best artists in support of a great cause.


The album concept sees the biggest heroes in music history select a personal favourite track from their own back catalogue, and nominate an act from the next generation to create a modern reworking of that classic song.

Legends supporting the album include: Sir Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, The Clash and U2. Modern artists recording include: Duffy, Scissor Sisters, Elbow, Beck, Rufus Wainwright and Lily Allen.

The album will be released in February 16 2009 on Parlophone. All profits will aid the real heroes: children affected by the brutalities of war.
Preorder now: www.warchild.org.uk/heroes/buy  

All this week we'll compare the original classic tracks and the modern reworkings put together by today’s acts. Plus we talk to the acts involved about the album.

Today: Duffy covers "Live And Let Die"

The Welsh singer Duffy, who picked up the trophy for Best Pop Vocal Album for Rockferry at the Grammy Awards last night, did a low-key version for one of Macca's most epic-sounding songs from his solo career.

Original Version: Originally recorded in 1973 as the theme to Roger Moore’s first Bond film, the song reunited McCartney with The Beatles’ legendary producer George Martin - who both produced the track and arranged the unforgettable orchestral break.  

New Version: A stripped-down, torch-song version of the original. Duffy – the biggest selling artist of 2008 – has stamped her trademark sound over the track with the help of her producer and iconic ex-Suede guitarist Bernard Butler.

Sir Paul McCartney’s verdict:
“I think Duffy's version of 'Live And Let Die' is great - I was really impressed. The breadth of talent on this ‘Heroes’ project is amazing; it's great that so many people gave their time, energy and support to this initiative. I urge everyone to support War Child and ‘Heroes’.”

Classic clip:
Paul and Linda, his wife and fellow Wings band member, introduce ‘Live And Let Die’ eating popcorn in a cinema. The clip is taken from The James Paul McCartney Show, filmed in 1973, a variety show fronted by Paul and his band.

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