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Ben Folds: University A Cappella

Song NameAs Performed By
Not the SameThe Spartones from Greensboro, NC
JesuslandThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Loreleis
BrickThe Ohio University Leading Tones
You Don't Know MeThe University of Georgia's with Someone Else's Money
Still Fighting ItThe Washington University in St. Louis Mosaic Whispers
BoxingBen Folds
Selfless, Cold and ComposedThe Sacramento State Jazz Singers
MagicThe University of Chicago's Voices in Your Head
LandedThe University of Colorado Baffoons
TimeThe Princeton Nassoons
EffingtonBen Folds
EvaporatedThe Newtones from Newton, Ma
Fred Jones Part 2The West Chester University of Pennsylvania Gracenotes
ArmyThe University of Rochester Midnight Ramblers
FairThe University of Wisconsin - EAU Claire's Fifth Element
The LuckiestThe 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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1778C | 1 CD | $9.95 |add item to cart| A Cappella | Collegiate | United States
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