Beck: Song Reader - Various Artists on 180g 2LP + Download
The now legendary Song Reader - 20 Beck compositions previously released exclusively as stunningly illustrated sheet music in partnership with McSweeney’s - will receive a long awaited traditional release, when Warby Parker/Capitol Records issues the album, produced by Beck and Randall Poster, known for his music supervision work with directors Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes and many others.
The 20-track all-star collection features exclusively recorded versions of Song Reader charts by the likes of Jack White, Jeff Tweedy, David Johansen, Norah Jones, Jarvis Cocker, Jason Isbell, Laura Marling, Bob Forest, Fun., Eleanor Friedberger, Swamp Dogg, Loudon WainwrightII and several more including Beck himself.
The Warby Parker release of Beck: Song Reader marks the first officially recorded incarnation of the project, which has already inspired interpretations from hundreds of musicians the world over. The record includes the studio-quality debut of songs previously only played live either by Beck himself or at one of the handful of Song Reader concerts staged over the last two years.
The most recent of these was presented by the L.A. Philharmonic in partnership with McSweeney’s and Warby Parker at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on November 24, 2013. Described by The Los Angeles Times as an “expertly delivered and received night…another big step in Beck's long, fascinating evolution,” the show’s highlights included Jarvis Cocker’s interpretively danced “Why Did You Make Me Care?" and Jack Black’s borderline frightening “We All Wear Cloaks,” the latter of which makes its recorded debut on the Beck: Song Reader album.
Beck - Song Reader - Various Artists Track Listing:
1. Moses Sumney – Title of this Song
2. Fun – Please Leave A Light On When You Go
3. Tweedy – The Wolf is on the Hill
4. Norah Jones – Just Noise
5. Lord Huron – Last Night You Were A Dream
6. Bob Forrest – Saint Dude
7. Jack White – I’m Down
8. Beck – Heaven’s Ladder
9. Juanes – Don’t Act Like Your Heart Isn’t Hard
10. Laura Marling - Sorry
1. Jarvis Cocker - Eyes That Say “I Love You”
2. David Johansen – Rough On Rats
3. Jason Isbell – Now That Your Dollar Bills Have Sprouted Wings
4. The Last Polka – Marc Ribot
5. Eleanor Friedberger – Old Shanghai
6. Sparks – Why Did You Make Me Care?
7. Swamp Dogg – America, Here’s My Boy
8. Jack Black – We All Wear Cloaks
9. Loudon Wainwright III – Do We? We Do
10. Gabriel Kahane with Ymusic – Mutilation Rag