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Help! A Day In The Life

Gorillaz, Coldplay, Bloc Party, Elbow, Keane, Babyshambles and more record and release Help! A Day In The Life in just one day to mark the 10th anniversary of HELP.

Marking ten years of the iconic HELP album.  

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the iconic HELP album a new generation of artists came together to create, at the time, the fastest album ever made. They recorded Help! A Day In The Life on Thursday 8th September 2005 with the album being available for download just 24 hours later. 
Bands delivered tracks from all around the world; Damon Albarn cancelled a flight to China so Gorillaz could record their track, Hong Kong. The Kaiser Chiefs recorded a cover version of I Heard It Through the Grapevine whilst on tour in Berlin, Damien Rice delivered Cross-Eyed Bear in a break recording his second album in Dublin and the Manic Street Preachers sent in their third 
contribution to a War Child album, Leviathan, from South Wales. In a late addition to the tracklisting Chris Martin recorded a new vocal and lyrics for How You See The World No. 2 from New York and Tuarweg musicians Tinawiren sent in Cler Achel from Paris. 
Elbow recorded a new song called Snowball, which lead singer Guy Garvey described as dealing with his outrage at the UK involvement in the Iraq conflict. Its first line: "The biggest mistakes will be forgiven but the snowball of white lies will crush our hearts.” And a significant contribution came from Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier and refugee from Sudan who donated the track Gua. 
Alongside The Manic Street Preachers and Radiohead, John Squire also returned from the original HELP album to design the cover of Help! A Day In The Life, which also features illustrations from Paul Smith and Duncan Lloyd of Maximo Park. Get your copy of Help! A Day In The Life in classic black or red vinyl exclusive to War Child Records store.

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Listen to the record

Check out the record and full track listing below or listen to the record on your favourite streaming service.

Full track listing: 

Side A 
Coldplay – How You See The World No. 2 
Razorlight – Kirby’s House 
Radiohead – I Want None Of This 
Keane and Faultline – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 
Emmanuel Jal – Gua 
Side B 
Gorillaz – Hong Kong 
Manic Street Preachers – Leviathan 
Kaiser Chiefs – I Heard It Through The Grapevine 
Damien Rice – Cross-Eyed Bear 
Side C 
The Magic Numbers – Gone Are The Days 
Tinariwen – Cler Achel 
The Coral – It Was Nothing 
Mylo – Mars Needs Women 
Maximo Park – Wasteland 
Side D 
Elbow – Snowball 
Bloc Party – The Present 
Hard Fi – Help Me Please 
The Go! Team – Phantom Broadcast 
Babyshambles – From Bollywood To Battersea 

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