War Child ‘Heroes’ album delayed until February 2009

More artists beg to join Paul McCartney, Duffy and Beck and co

The release of War Child‘s ‘Heroes’ compilation album has been delayed until February 2009.

The charity record, which features the likes of Paul McCartney, Duffy, Brian Wilson and Hot Chip, had initially been scheduled for release on November 22.

However War Child have now decided to wait, as more artists have asked to take part in the record since its initial announcement.

“We have been overwhelmed and amazed by the response to the project,” explained the charity. “The wealth of talent who have contacted us wishing to support the charity and contribute to the album is humbling and we are delighted to have been able to change our deadlines to accommodate some of them. It was impossible to say no.”

‘Heroes’ sees music legends choose a song from their back catalogue to be covered by a modern-day artist – also chosen by them.

Other artists appearing on the album include The Kooks (covering The Kinks‘Victoria’) and Beck, who was asked by Bob Dylan to cover ‘Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat’.

The artwork for ‘Heroes’ has been created by former Stone Roses guitarist John Squire, who also provided the cover for War Child‘s 1995 album ‘Help’.

Speaking about the album previously Paul McCartney said: “I have been supporting War Child since 1995. Their work with children in war zones saves lives and their work with those who take decisions that help them to do something about it saves even more lives.

“I think Duffy‘s version of ‘Live And Let Die’ is great – I was really impressed. The breadth of talent on this 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.”