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Rock Aid Armeniaalso known in earlier stages as Live Aid Armeniawas a humanitarian effort by the British music industry to raise money to Running Free - Iron Maiden - Smoke on the Water! those affected by the Armenian earthquake.
Initiated by the international charity campaigner Jon Dee, the project comprised a number of singles, compilations and a documentary. Dee started the project after overseeing the satellite transmission of footage from the Armenian earthquake zone which he distributed to TV newsrooms worldwide. This was released as a single on Island Records. The project is most remembered for a re-recording of Deep Purple 's famous hit song, " Smoke on the Water ", with different vocalists singing each verse.
The track was recorded by an elite group of contemporary progressive rockhard rock and heavy metal musicians who gathered at the historic Metropolis Studios in ChiswickLondon. Recording began on July 8, and was completed over 5 different sessions. John Paul Jones and Jon Lord were credited as "helping" behind the scenes with Running Free - Iron Maiden - Smoke on the Water!
track. The track's producers were Gary Langan and Geoff Downes. Talent co-ordination for the record was overseen by Jon Dee, with David Gilmour being the first to join up after a call from Dee. Ian Gillan's manager Phil Sayonee - Junoon - Azadi also helped out with talent Doing All Right - Queen - Queen. Inthe song was released again with an alternate mix, one example of which was released by Dino Music, which unlike the rest, had " Black Night " also by Deep Purple as a B-side and had Tony Iommi's name incorrectly spelt on the front of it as "Tommy Iommi.
The recording sessions for the re-recording of "Smoke on the Water" were filmed and released in the same year on video as Rock Aid Armenia: The Making of Smoke on the Wateralong with interviews and a video clip for the single. The organization has since been made available for viewing via YouTube. The other successful parts of the project were The Earthquake Album which was the first Gretchee - Fats Waller - Golden Era Of Swing (8-Track Cartridge) charity album to go gold and the accompanying The Earthquake Video.
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