Penny Loafers: Side A (00 1 CD)

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Penny Loafers: Side A

Boulecard Of Broken Dreams
Don't Leave Home
Take Me Away
Take Me Out
Worn Me Down
Warning Signs
Another White Dash
White Houses
Such Great Heights

The U of Pennsylvania's mixed-voice, 14-strong a cappella rock and pop group has been sharpening its vocal chops in various incarnations for over 20 years now, and it shows. We raved over their previous CD, "Quicksound," and it's clear from the first notes of Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Dido's "Don't Leave Home," Guster's "Careful" and Nelly Furtado's "Try" that the '04-'05 Loafers have a rich sound and confident professionalism far beyond their years. Strong covers of The Indigo Girls' "Mystery," Rachel Yamagata's "Worn Me Down," Coldplay's "Warning Signs," The Strokes' "12:51" and Vanessa Carlton's "White Houses" feature solid vocal percussion, sweet leads and nice background vocals. 14 songs in total, without a single weak cut. A beautiful, spirited set from one of our favorite collegiate ensembles!

1211 00 1 CD $1.95   Mixed | Ensemble | United States | A Cappella | Collegiate A Cappella
Music series: Penny Loafers: Quicksound (00 1 CD)

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Penny Loafers: Quicksound

It's Only Life
Humpty Dumpty
Swallowed By The Sea
Hear Me Out
Because of You
Hear You Me
Breathe Me
Your Ex-Lover Is Dead

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of their founding in 1986 as a co-ed a cappella rock and pop group from the University of Pennsylvania, the Loafers have appeared over the years on a number of excellent compilations of the best of collegiate a cappella; and on their own CDs, such as 1997's "Diesel," 1998's "Ride!," 2000's "On the Floor," 2002's "Stealing Time" and 2004's "Barely Legal." "Quicksand" has 14 rich, beautifully-arranged covers; a pair by Snow Patrol, "Chocolate" and "Run;" Maya Varthi has a wonderful lead on Aimee Mann's "Humpty Dumpty," and there's a pair of hot covers of Kelly Clarkson's "Because of You" and "Addicted," again featuring Varthi. Beck's "Girl," Chantal Kreviazuk's "Time" and Sia's "Breathe Me" are other favorites. The Loafers have a full, rich, confident sound with some of the best soloists we've heard at the collegiate level. Treat yourself to "Quicksand" and fall in love with the '05-'06 Penny Loafers!

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1764 00 1 CD $14.95   Mixed | Ensemble | United States | A Cappella | Collegiate A Cappella
Music series: Penny Loafers: Prophets and Pawns (00 1 CD)

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Penny Loafers: Prophets and Pawns

Song Name   Composer   Arranger
Waiting for My Ruca   Sublime   Loaf
All at Sea   Jamie Cullum   Sam Cohn
Gold Lion   Yeah Yeah Yeahs   Josh Dubin
This Modern Love   Bloc Party   James Latta
Lithium   Evanescence   James Latta / Erin Sale
How to Save a Life   The Fray   Sam Cohn
At Last   Etta James   Mike Page / Philicia Moonsamy
Trains to Brazil   Guillemots   Matt Tanzer
Samson   Regina Spektor   Rachel Garber
Fair   Remy Zero   Andy Dalzell
Hurt   Christina Aguilera   Dianna He
Bed of Lies   Matchbox Twenty   Sam Cohn
The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades is Out to Get Us!   Sufjan Stevens   Andy Dalzell

The '06-'07 Penny Loafers are the University of Pennsylvania's 14-strong mixed-voice a cappella rock and pop group, and "Prophets" is their third release since their founding in 1986, following the excellent "Side A" and "Quicksound." This is a fine collection of 13 covers, some favorites are Sublime's "Waiting For My Ruca," Jamie Cullum's "All At Sea," the Yeah Yeah Yeah's powerful "Gold Lion," Evanescence's surreal "Lithium," Etta James' classic blues tune "At Last," Regina Spektor's soaring "Samson," Remy Zero's "Fair," Christine Aguilera's "Hurt," Matchbox Twenty's "Bed of Lies" and Sufjan Stevens' breathtaking "The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us." Strong, innovative vocal percussion, strong, spirited female and male leads, tight arrangements-this is fun stuff from one of our favorite Collegiate groups!

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1769 00 1 CD $1.95   Mixed | United States | A Cappella | Collegiate A Cappella
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