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Ben Folds Presents: University A Cappella

Song Name   As Performed By
Not the Same   The Spartones from Greensboro, NC
Jesusland   The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Loreleis
Brick   The Ohio University Leading Tones
You Don't Know Me   The University of Georgia's with Someone Else's Money
Still Fighting It   The Washington University in St. Louis Mosaic Whispers
Boxing   Ben Folds
Selfless, Cold and Composed   The Sacramento State Jazz Singers
Magic   The University of Chicago's Voices in Your Head
Landed   The University of Colorado Baffoons
Time   The Princeton Nassoons
Effington   Ben Folds
Evaporated   The Newtones from Newton, Ma
Fred Jones Part 2   The West Chester University of Pennsylvania Gracenotes
Army   The University of Rochester Midnight Ramblers
Fair   The University of Wisconsin - EAU Claire's Fifth Element
The Luckiest   The Washington University in St. Louis Amateurs

The talented and creative singer-songwriter Ben Folds became enamored of collegiate a cappella after hearing some of the groups on YouTube. On this release he recorded some of his favorite campus a cappella groups as they each perform one of his songs and the result is a delight. The Spartones open the disc with a stella arrangement of "Not the Same" with the Leading Tones of Ohio University giving a solid rendition of "Brick". Ben Folds himself sings a cappella (with multi tracking) on "Boxing" and the fun "Effington". Mosaic Whispers sings "Still Fighting It" with conviction while the more jazz arrangement of "Selfless, Cold and Composed" helps show why Ben Folds songs are so much fun to arrange and perform unaccompanied. The University of Chicago's Voices in Your Head perform a very interesting arrangement of "Magic" and the Newtones soothing treatment of "Evaporate" surprises. Fifth Element is remarkable performing "Fair" and the closing "The Luckiest" wraps up the recording perfectly. This release certainly shows how talented today's collegiate a cappella groups have become and although a few individual voices may not always be pitch perfect the arrangements are almost all top notch and impressive. Recommended.

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1778 00 1 CD $9.95   United States | A Cappella | Collegiate A Cappella