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Portland Cello Project records complete 'Song Reader' by Beck
Portland Cello Project records complete 'Song Reader' by Beck

As Times pop music critic Randall Roberts wrote earlier this week, much of the fun of Beck's new "Song Reader" project -- 20 songs released not as recordings, but as old-fashioned sheet music -- is beholding the variety of interpretations it's inspired. Hundreds of renditions of tunes from the set have been collected at songreader.net, where you can download the music for Beck's "Old Shanghai" for the price of your email address; countless more are available across SoundCloud and YouTube. Yet for listeners disinclined toward the hunt-and-gather thing, the Portland Cello Project has recorded a complete version of "Song Reader" with help from...

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