Twenty years after the release of one of the biggest singles of all time, leading artists are set to re-record the Bob Geldof-inspired charity hit 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'. Geldof and Ultravox singer Midge Ure created Band Aid, a supergroup of 40 artists, in 1984 and with the hit single raised over 10 million pounds for famine relief in Ethiopia. Geldof, who traveled to Ethiopia earlier this month as part of the British-sponsored Commission for Africa, became the public face of Band Aid and the subsequent Live Aid concert which raised over 100 million dollars. Three tracks, 'Do They Know It's Christmas', 'Do They Know It's Christmas' (Original 1984 version), & 'Do They Know It's Christmas' (At Live Aid, Wembley, July 1985). Universal. 2004.
Band Aid 20
BAND AID 20 DO THEY KNOW IT S CHRISTMAS
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...I skip the new version of that beautiful song. Was Paul MacCartney too old to sing on the remake??? Well, in that case I totally agree with the complaints one of the reviewers has written down below. But Paul is not the only one missing! Could they not have gathered up the original artists who performed the song in 85, artists still "young" in sence of their contribution to music today - artists like Sting, Phil Collins, Duran Duran, George Michael (and why not Elton John too?) - they are the ones who "made" this song, and that really does sound when you compare the two versions. 3 stars because of the original that also appeares on the single (A 5 stars-song of course) - the release is pulled down because of the "Idol"-version. What is rap doing in the song, it does not fit in! And the chorus is so pale compared to how it originally goes.
This review is based, of course, on a musical standard. I am glad that the song is still saving lives.
This new version is garbage compared to the old version with Phil Collins, Bono & many others. it would have been cool if they'd reunited the original group instead!!! I bought this CD soley for the old version!
Well, you know what they say about sequels, don't you? And that rings true here - whilst I'm sure they were aiming for a Terminator 2 kind of sequel (glossier, more expensive, self-aware but ultimately lacking the class and originality of the first part) they instead created a Matrix: Reloaded sequel - bloated, over-produced and downright awful.
Fun fact - do you know they had Paul McCartney in here and didn't want him to sing, because he was too old? True story - they wanted to appeal to the young audience out there, so they just had him play guitar and mug to the camera for the video. Perhaps the idiots that decided NOT to have one of the biggest influences in music EVER sing forgot about the "Perfect Day" charity single from a few years back (that years biggest selling single, no less), which had the likes of Tom Jones, David Bowie, Suzanne Vega, Elton John, Tammy Waynette and other older artists (as well as new talent) perform on there, and "the kids" didn't seem to...
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