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Unicef launches 10 limited edition blue vinyl albums for new charity drive

Only 48 limited edition blue vinyl copies have been pressed for each of the 10 albums

By Nick Reilly

UNICEF blue vinyl

UNICEF has announced details of the limited-edition release of 10 acclaimed albums on blue vinyl to to raise money for its UK Children’s Emergency Fund which helps children affected by conflict and disaster.

Only 48 limited edition blue vinyl copies have been pressed for each of the 10 albums, to reflect how the charity is able to respond to a major emergency within 48 hours. Fans are now able to enter a prize draw for each artist on the Crowdfunder website to be in with a chance of winning one of the 40 available iconic albums.

Those involved include Bob Dylan with his 1963 album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Carole King and her classic record Tapestry, The Clash with Combat Rock (40th Anniversary Edition)Eurythmics with Sweet Dreams (are made of this) and Foo Fighters’ most recent album Medicine at Midnight.

Other records involved include Janis Joplin with a 50th anniversary edition of her album Pearl, Jimi Hendrix with Live at Monterey, Leon Bridges and his 2015 album Coming Home, Little Mix with Confetti and a 20th anniversary edition of Prince’s The Rainbow Children.

Each of the Blue Vinyl albums have been pressed in UNICEF’s signature cyan blue, individually numbered from 1 to 48 and adorned with a numbered holographic UNICEF edition sticker on the front. Fans can enter the draw for each artist an unlimited amount of times to increase their chance of winning.

Carole King, said: “I believe passionately and wholeheartedly in the rights of children and young people and have used my voice throughout my career to stand up and speak out on issues I feel are important. I’m proud that 50 years on from the release of Tapestry, this album is still able to have a positive impact.

“How wonderful to know that the money raised through the Blue Vinyl prize draw will be donated in its entirety to UNICEF UK, to help children around the world who are experiencing the most difficult circumstances – providing children with fair and equal access to education, vaccines to the hardest to reach areas, and safe spaces for children faced by the displacement and terror of conflict and war.”