The celebrated multi-artist charity album "Help" will become available for download for the first time on Monday (Aug. 9). It has been digitized to mark the launch of the charity Web site warchildmusi
The celebrated multi-artist charity album "Help" will become available for download for the first time on Monday (Aug. 9).
Originally recorded in one day on Sept. 4, 1995, and released by Go! Discs the same week, the set features exclusive contributions from the cream of British talent, including Radiohead, Oasis, Blur, the Stone Roses and Chemical Brothers.
Opening-day sales topped 70,000 units, propelling the album to a No. 1 debut in the United Kingdom. Organizers say the long-since deleted album raised about £1.25 million ($2.28 million) for the victims of the war in the former Yugoslavia.
The recording was the brainchild of the Bosnian War Child charity. It has been digitized to mark the launch of the charity Web site warchildmusic.com. All 20 tracks, plus artwork, will be available for download exclusively from the service for £3.50 ($6.38). Individual tracks will cost £0.99 ($1.80) each, and will be compatible with Apple or Windows Media products.
The service is spearheaded by warchildmusic.com managing director James Topham and editorial director Ben Knowles, the former editor of British weekly music publication NME.
"Every track -- and we're after everything from covers to acoustic versions, live recordings, alternative mixes, remixes or simply unreleased tunes -- will be exclusive to Warchild Music," says Topham. "This is an ongoing project which we're sure will quickly become essential for artists and fans alike."
The music download service will have an expanded launch in September, offering individual tracks for £0.99 ($1.80) and monthly unlimited subscriptions for £3.50 ($6.38). All profits will benefit children in the world's most troubled regions. Organizers anticipate that at least 60% of the proceeds will go directly to War Child's international charity work.
The download service was designed and built by London-based online portal Video-c. The payment mechanism will be handled by British digital distributor 7 Digital Media. British Internet-solutions firm Netui Limited will host the site.