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Front cover of The Earthquake Album
Rock Aid Armenia was a joint humanitarian effort by an elite group of contemporary hard rock and heavy metal musicians who gathered at the historic Metropolis Studios in Chiswickmarker, Londonmarker on July 8, 1989 for a project to raise money to help those affected by the Leninakan Earthquakemarker of 1988 that struck Armeniamarker.

The project was created and coordinated by international charity campaigner Jon Dee. The recording consisted of donated tracks by Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Gary Moore, Black Sabbath, Asia, Mike & the Mechanics, Rush, Deep Purple, Bon Jovi, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Foreigner, Pink Floyd, Queen, Yes, Whitesnake and others. Rock Aid Armenia: The Earthquake Album was released in 1990, Rock Aid Armenia: The Earthquake Video was a video compilation released in the same year.

Smoke on the Water Single

The project is most remembered for a re-recording of one of Deep Purple’s famous hit songs, "Smoke on the Water", with different vocalists singing each verse. The single made it to the British Top 40[330214].The rock musicians involved in the recording of the song included Bryan Adams, Geoff Beauchamp, Ritchie Blackmore, Bruce Dickinson, Geoff Downes, Keith Emerson, Ian Gillan, David Gilmour, Tony Iommi, Alex Lifeson, Brian May, Paul Rodgers, Chris Squire and Roger Taylor. John Paul Jones and Jon Lord were credited as "helping" on the track. 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 Water, along with interviews and a video clip for the single.

The Earthquake Album tracklist

The Earthquake Video tracklist (Japanese release)

  • 1. Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Fanfare for the Common Man
  • 2. Bon Jovi - Livin' on a Prayer
  • 3. Gary Moore - After the War
  • 4. Iron Maiden - Run to the Hills
  • 5. Black Sabbath - Headless Cross
  • 6. Led Zeppelin - Dazed 'N' Confused
  • 7. Asia - Heat of the Moment
  • 8. Foreigner - Hearts Turn to Stone
  • 9. Mike And The Mechanics - Silent Running
  • 10. The Firm - Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • 11. Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers
  • 12. Genesis - Mama
  • 13. Pink Floyd - One Slip
  • 14. Rush - The Spirit of Radio
  • 15. Yes - I've Seen All Good People
  • 16. Rock Aid Armenia - Smoke on the Water '90


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