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bank of the Queen Mother Reservoir beside the motorway near Datchet, Berks. Unaware that police permission had been obtained, a police spokesman condemned it as a distraction to drivers.
"Linda drops her bloomers," chortled the Daily Mirror, who eventually told their readers that full permission had been given beforehand. But the McCartneys rarely make a fuss, so Linda quickly agreed that all 20,000 hyacinths and primulas be dug up and sold in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital in London, which will also receive part of the proceeds from the exhibition.
The Hospital for Sick Children in Great Ormond Street was founded in 1852, a year before the Royal Photographic Society, and has a worldwide reputation. Seriously ill young children and babies are referred there from Britain and all over the world: 9,000 in-patients and 70,000 out-patients are treated there each year. The hospital benefits considerably from the researchers of the adjacent Institute for Child Health, its postgraduate medical school. Such advanced treatment costs money and the hospital is indebted to the many supporters who share its motto, "The child first and always."
The show closed on 20th April and signed prints of some of the photographs were auctioned at Christie's in London on April 22nd to raise money for the Council for the Protection of Rural England.
PRINCE’S TRUST LIVE ALBUM
As exclusively revealed in our last issue, a live album of last year's memorable tenth birthday concert for the Prince's Trust is indeed coming out. And it will be no ordinary audio souvenir of that Friday in June, when Paul closed the show with the incredible line-up of the Prince's All Stars powering away behind him.
Andrew Sheehan, a consultant to the Trust, reveals why: "This was the first recording done by the Trust themselves, using Sony digital audio tape donated by Ad-vision Studios, so the digital process was used throughout. Four double tape set-ups gave us 48 tracks four times over, which few people could afford to do as it's so expensive. The Trust can afford it as everything's donated."
Many compact discs are prepared from traditional analogue tape, so the use of the digital process throughout has ensured CD reproduction of exceptional quality in the case of Charlie's All Stars.
"The artists produced their own tracks, which I think is a first. Paul sent a digital master of his performance to Phil Ramone in New York for his opinion, but the mix was left alone-he could have changed it if he'd wanted. This is typical of the vast interest shown by everybody: Paul's support in particular has been enormous."
Although The Prince's Trust Collection scored heavily a couple of years ago, this is the Trust's inaugural release on their own label (via A&M Records) and strikes quite a blow for good old vinyl. 'Get Back' closes the album, just as it closed the show; then, shrink-wrapped to the cover, comes a 7" 45 containing 'Long Tall Sally' and 'I Saw Her Standing There', complete with pic sleeve showing McCartney in rootin' tootin' live action during the show. 'Sally' will also be on the tape and CD, but to get 'I Saw Her Standing There' you have to buy the record, since the single will not be sold separately. Prince's Trust Tenth Anniversary Birthday Party LP No. AMA 3906. Attached single No. FREE 21. Tape No. AMC 3906. CD No. 3906. Release date is 10th April in the UK and 30th April elsewhere.
The Prince's Trust is staging two more concerts at Wembley Arena this year, on 5th and 6th June. Phil Collins is definitely involved and people like Boy George and Eric Clapton have been asked. "Paul wanted to do it," says Andrew, "but unfortunately there was a clash of dates." Paul and all of us at Club Sandwich wish the Trust every possible success.
And did you know Paul had been conspiring? Well, it was pretty hot sometimes last year.
Actually, the conspiracy was of a serious nature, being one of hope. On 14th November last, Phonogram released Con-spiracy of Hope, a historic compilation to mark the 25th anniversary of Amnesty International. The McCartney contribution was, appropriately enough, 'Pipes of Peace' and it's interesting to note how many of the Prince's All Stars were involved in this venture too: like Paul, Elton John, Howard Jones, Dire Straits and Bryan Adams contributed to both causes. The album was conceived and compiled by Paul Gambaccini, with all royalties to Amnesty.
Amnesty International was launched in 1961 through a newspaper article citing the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights and suggesting that "an international, non-sectarian movement" could embarrass governments into reducing persecution. It works to free 'prisoners of . conscience' - people "imprisoned for their beliefs, colour, ethnic origin or religion, provided they have never used or advocated violence."
The least political of us could not object to this aim and, since Amnesty relies entirely on voluntary contributions, readers may well want to contribute. Subscriptions are £10 (individual), £5 (student/claimant/OAP) or £15 (family) and one-off donations are welcomed. Amnesty International's British section is at 5 Roberts Place, Bowling Green Lane, London EC1R0EJ.