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When Young People Sing Old Music

Posted by Geoff Edgers  May 18, 2007 12:41 AM

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Jonathan Perry's story about the Brookline Music School girls doing "Sgt. Pepper" reminded me of one of my favorite discs of recent years.

Have you heard of the Langley School's "Innocence & Despair" project? These two-track recordings were made during the 1976/77 school year in a gym with a bunch of kids in Western Canada. They cover the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Herman's Hermits and others. It's a crazy idea, having these pre-teens take on "Good Vibrations," for example, but also exhilarating. I love most of these songs. And even those I can do without become compelling. The little girl singing "Desperado"... you just have to listen.

You can read about the recording here, and pick it up on Amazon.com.

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