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Beck's latest 'Song Reader' reels in professionals

Beck's latest 'Song Reader' reels in professionals

"Song Reader" was originally released in 2013 without a sound. Rather, until this new selection of cover versions, the music arrived only in notated form, a beautifully packaged stack of 20 individual songbooks. The goal, Beck said at the time, was for musicians to learn and share the songs themselves.

It was a cool idea, one that merged antiquated technology with a modern twist: Other than a few Beck-sanctioned concerts, most of the "Song Reader" interpretations live on YouTube, brought to life by eager amateurs.

Now comes Phase 2: renditions of "Song Reader" by prominent artists combined with an expertly produced collection of...