Beck’s Song Reader CD Tracklist Revealed: Jack White, Jarvis Cocker, Tweedy, Fun., & More

By James Rettig / July 8, 2014 - 9:20 pm

As previously speculated, Beck is finally releasing an official version of his 2012 sheet music album Song Reader at the end of the month. Beck will only be performing one song (“Heaven’s Ladder”) himself and the rest of the songs will be interpreted by other artists, including Jack White, Jarvis Cocker, Fun., father/son team Tweedy, Laura Marling, Eleanor Friedberger, and even Jack Black. Here’s what Beck has to say about the Randall Poster-produced compilation:

“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. 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.”

This announcement comes on Beck’s birthday so … happy birthday, Beck! Check out the whole tracklist below.

Song Reader tracklist:
01. Moses Sumney – “Title of This Song”
02. Fun. – “Please Leave A Light On When You Go”
03. Tweedy – “The Wolf Is On The Hill”
04. Norah Jones – “Just Noise”
05. Lord Huron – “Last Night You Were A Dream”
06. Bob Forrest – “Saint Dude”
07. Jack White – “I’m Down”
08. Beck – “Heaven’s Ladder”
09. 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 with Ymusic – “Mutilation Rag”

The album will be released on 7/29 by Capitol Records and, weirdly enough, glasses manufacturer Warby Parker, who previously released a pair of Beck frames. Warby Parker and artists’ proceeds from sales will go to 826 National.