Jarvis Cocker, Jack White and Beck himself will be among the contributors to a new album featuring recorded versions of the previously printed songs.
Out on 28 July, the 20-track collection features exclusively recorded versions of songs from the Song Reader release, with Beck and noted music supervisor Randall Poster producing the album.
"Like a kid getting a special package in the mail and opening it up with anticipation, these interpretations of songs from the Song Reader book have surpassed what I could have imagined when putting the book together," says Beck of the forthcoming release. "The book addressed the idea of a song in its most elemental form, letting others give it a voice. It amazes me to hear how these musicians have made the songs their own and in the process revealed that the interpretation is the living breathing soul of the piece. These interpretations have made the book something new - something better."
Besides Cocker and White, the 20 songs on Song Reader include versions by Laura Marling, Sparks, Loudon Wainwright III, Norah Jones, Fun. and actor Jack Black. There will also be a tune by Tweedy, the new band formed by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer.
In February, Beck released Morning Phase, his first studio album in six years. Several months earlier, Rolling Stone reported that he was actually planning to release two LPs in quick succession: a "small-bore, self-contained ... acoustic album", compared to 1994's One Foot in the Grave, and a "proper follow-up to [2008's] Modern Guilt". Oddly, either of these could have referred to Morning Phase.
Beck's Song Reader compilation will be released by Capitol Records in partnership with eyeglasses maker Warby Parker.
Track listing for Beck Song Reader is as follows:
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
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 & Ymusic - Mutilation Rag
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