Duffy to cover Live And Let Die for War Child album

Duffy: She's got a job to do, but will she do it well?
Duffy: She's got a job to do, but will she do it well?

Preliminary details of the new War Child album have been announced, and it looks like this charity compilation is going to throw up some eyebrow-raising cover versions.

Called Heroes, the concept of the record is that legendary artists pick a younger performer or band to rework a song (or two) from their back catalogue.

Thus, we can look forward to Duffy's version of Paul McCartney and Wings' Live and Let Die, Hot Chip's take on Joy Division's Transmission, a Beck cover of Bob Dylan's Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat and The Kooks performing The Kinks' Victoria. There will also be a two-track medley of songs from Brian Wilson's Smile by Rufus Wainwright.

Sir Paul McCartney has already said that he's "really impressed" by Duffy's interpretation of Live And Let Die, and is pleased to be supporting War Child once again (he appeared on the Help album in 1995).

The charity works to improve the lives of children affected by war all around the world.

The Heroes album will be released on November 24 - a full tracklisting will be published in due course.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

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