Concerts for the People of Kampuchea (album)

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Concerts for the People of Kampuchea
Live album by Various Artists
Released 30 March 1981 (1981-03-30)
Recorded 26–29 December 1979, Hammersmith Odeon, London
Genre Rock
Length 77:54
Label Atlantic
Producer Chris Thomas
Wings chronology
Back to the Egg
(1979)
Concerts for the People of Kampuchea
(1981)
Wingspan: Hits and History
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]

Concerts for the People of Kampuchea is a double album from Wings, The Who, Queen, Elvis Costello, The Pretenders, The Clash, The Specials, and many more artists of the highlights from the Concerts for the People of Kampuchea held at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, UK to raise money for the victims of war-torn in Cambodia. It has yet to be released on CD.

History[edit]

The album starts with four songs from The Who (culled from a 3-hour set list) and finishes with three songs from Wings and three from the all-star line-up called Rockestra. The best of the concerts was also released as a film.

Rockestra was a Paul McCartney-led supergroup of at least thirty English rockers. The credited list appears at the bottom of the back cover of the LP. The name was first given to an assemblage of famous rock stars that were brought together by McCartney for the final Wings album, 1979's Back to the Egg. The supergroup – which consisted of Wings, John Paul Jones and John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, David Gilmour from Pink Floyd, Ronnie Lane of the Faces, Kenney Jones and Pete Townshend of The Who, and Hank Marvin of The Shadows – recorded two McCartney compositions, the instrumental "Rockestra Theme" and "So Glad to See You Here".

Then, McCartney and Kurt Waldheim re-assembled Rockestra for a series of benefit concerts for the people of Cambodia (also known as Kampuchea), suffering from the reign of Pol Pot. This time, Rockestra consisted of, among others, Wings, John Paul Jones, Bonham, Robert Plant, Rockpile, James Honeyman-Scott and Townshend. Hank Marvin was not available and Gilmour for tax reasons had to decline, as he was with the rest of Pink Floyd in Los Angeles, California, where they had just finished recording The Wall and were in the midst of rehearsing for an upcoming concert tour.

Album track listing[edit]

  1. "Baba O'Riley" (Pete Townshend) – 5:12
  2. "Sister Disco" (Townshend) – 5:16
  3. "Behind Blue Eyes" (Townshend) – 3:46
  4. "See Me, Feel Me" (Townshend) – 5:49
    • Tracks 1–4 performed by The Who
  5. "The Wait" (Hynde, Farndon) – 3:28
  6. "Precious" (Hynde) – 3:23
  7. "Tattooed Love Boys" (Hynde) – 3:18
  8. "The Imposter" (Elvis Costello) – 2:10
  9. "Crawling from the Wreckage" (Parker) – 3:02
  10. "Little Sister" (Pomus, Sherman) – 3:33
  11. "Now I'm Here" (Brian May) – 6:49
  12. "Armagideon Time" (Bennett) – 4:15
  13. "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" (Dury, Jankel) – 4:30
    • Performed by Ian Dury & The Blockheads
  14. "Monkey Man" (Hibbert) – 2:26
  15. "Got to Get You into My Life" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 2:57
  16. "Every Night" (McCartney) – 4:17
  17. "Coming Up" (McCartney) – 4:08
    • Tracks 15–17 performed by Wings
  18. "Lucille" (Collins, Penniman) – 3:03
  19. "Let It Be" (Lennon, McCartney) – 4:12
  20. "Rockestra Theme" (McCartney) – 2:30
    • Tracks 18–20 performed by the Rockestra

Rockestra's personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album

Chart (1981) Position
US Billboard 200[3] 36

Album track

Year Title Chart Position
1981 Little Sister US Billboard Top Tracks 8

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Concerts for the People of Kampuchea (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Album: Concerts for the People of Kampuchea". 
  3. ^ McGee, Garry (2003). Band on the Run: A History of Paul McCartney and Wings. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 233. ISBN 9780878333042.