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Beck Is Finally Releasing A ‘Song Reader’ Album

Written by Greg Moskovitch on July 9, 2014

Beck is set to release a compilation of recordings based on music written for his 2012 project, Song Reader, featuring renditions by Jack White and Jarvis Cocker. The Song Reader project was an album composed entirely of sheet music, with fans encouraged to perform the songs for themselves.

Following the release of the unique project, YouTube was inundated with renditions of Song Reader tracks, including versions performed on guitar, recorder, violin, and a raft of other instruments. Beck himself staged three different concerts where he performed the material live with special guests.

As Consequence of Sound reports, Beck will now offer fans recorded versions of the Song Reader tracks, featuring renditions by Beck himself, as well as several by some of the songwriter’s big-name pals, like Jeff Tweedy, Laura Marling, Eleanor Friedberger, and Jack Black of Tenacious D.

Readers can check out the full tracklist for the highly anticipated Song Reader compilation album below. The record is set for an official US release date of Tuesday, 29th July via Capitol Records. Song Reader is currently available to pre-order via Amazon – get on it right over here.

Watch: Beck – Sorry at the Rio Theater Theatre, Santa Cruz 05/19/13

Song Reader Tracklist

01. Moses Sumney – Title of this Song
02. Fun – Please Leave A Light On When You Go
03. Tweedy – The Wolf is on the Hill
04. Norah Jones – Just Noise
05. Lord Huron – Last Night You Were A Dream
06. Bob Forrest – Saint Dude
07. Jack White – I’m Down
08. Beck – Heaven’s Ladder
09. Juanes – Don’t Act Like Your Heart Isn’t Hard
10. Laura Marling – Sorry
11. Jarvis Cocker – Eyes That Say “I Love You”
12. David Johansen – Rough On Rats
13. Jason Isbell – Now That Your Dollar Bills Have Sprouted Wings
14. The Last Polka – Marc Ribot
15. Eleanor Friedberger – Old Shanghai
16. Sparks – Why Did You Make Me Care?
17. Swamp Dogg – America, Here’s My Boy
18. Jack Black – We All Wear Cloaks
19. Loudon Wainwright III – Do We? We Do
20. Gabriel Kahane with Ymusic – Mutilation Rag

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