November 14, 2018
Iconic albums by King Crimson and The Jimi Hendrix Experience join recent works by Novelist and David Bowie.
Unicef have announced the limited edition re-release of sixteen sought-after LPs in their signature ‘Unicef blue’. Each of the cyan pressings will be individually-numbered and every album will be limited to 50 copies.
Topping the alphabetical list of releases is David Bowie’s penultimate studio effort The Next Day. King Crimson’s In the Court of the Crimson King — the progressive rock masterpiece sampled by Kanye West and considered to be the second greatest LP of its genre by Rolling Stone — is also included, with Novelist’s Mercury Prize-nominated debut Novelist Guy and Amy Winehouse’s contemporary classic Back To Black amongst the 21st century inclusions.
Unicef’s release of The Next Day is the latest in a series of posthumous David Bowie releases this year, following the packaging of his mid-eighties studio LPs in the box set, David Bowie: Loving The Alien and his 2000 Glastonbury headline set, which is to be released on vinyl for the first time at the end of November.
Each album from the Unicef collection is listed on Givergy, where bids can be placed and tickets bought until 10th December 2018. Prize draws and auctions will determine the eventual owners, with all sixteen #1 editions being auctioned individually and a bundle of sixteen #2 editions being auctioned in a single lot – bids starting at £250 and £2,500 respectively.
You can enter the prize draw for any specific album by purchasing a £5 ticket and entry is unlimited. With every ten tickets bought, a free eleventh is issued.
The full list of limited edition albums can be found below. All proceeds from the project will benefit the Children’s Emergency Fund, which helps Unicef to deliver life-saving food, clean water, health care and education for children, as well as protection from violence and abuse. Unicef have a history of releasing charity records: their first, a collection of songs and dances from five countries assisted by Unicef work, in 1960 and since that time, several releases of material by Swedish pop powerhouse Abba.
David Bowie – The Next Day
Bring Me The Horizon – That’s The Spirit
Kate Bush – The Sensual World
King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
Coldplay – A Head Full Of Dreams
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis: Bold As Love
Kasabian – For Crying Out Loud
Alicia Keys – Songs In A Minor
Bob Marley And The Wailers – Catch A Fire
Novelist – Novelist Guy
Ozzy Osbourne – Diary Of A Madman
Spice Girls – Spice
Paul Weller – A Kind Revolution
Robbie Williams – Take The Crown
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black