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Beck, Animal Collective, Jeff Tweedy and more join birdsong compilation

Beck, Animal Collective and Jeff Tweedy are among the artists that will appear on a new birdsong-inspired compilation album.‘For The Birds: The Birdsong Project’ is set to be released in five monthly stages between now and September, with the first volume arriving yesterday (May 20).Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, Karen O, Kamasi Washington, Terry Riley, Mary Lattimore, Tyondai Braxton, and Elvis Costello are among the other artists that feature on the expansive compilation.Costello said of the project: “This should be so very obvious: without birds we would be knee-deep in worms, swarmed by bugs, the trees bereft of song. The least we can do is raise our voices in praise or lament.”In addition to the musical selections, the project also includes spoken-word pieces from the likes of Florence Welch, Matthew McConaughey, Bette Midler, and Natasha Lyonne. Randall Poster produced the entire collection, with Lee Ranaldo serving as one of the set’s executive producers.All proceeds from ‘For The Birds: The Birdsong Project’ will be donated to the National Audubon Society.Listen to the first volume of ‘The Birdsong Project’ below:The project will be also be released in a massive vinyl set, spread across 20 LPs.

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Norah Jones finally shares cover of Ray Charles’ ‘Hallelujah, I Love Him So’
Norah Jones has finally released her cover of Ray Charles‘ ‘Hallelujah, I Love Him So’ – listen to it below.Released to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her landmark debut ‘Come Away With Me’, Jones originally recorded her rendition of the 1956 song during one of her very first demo sessions for Blue Note Records back in 2000.Until now, the cover has never previously been released. It will be available for the first time as part of ‘Come Away With Me: 20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition’, a multi-disc reissue that will arrive on April 29.The anniversary release will contains 21 other previously unreleased tracks including demos of Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most’, Nat King Cole’s ‘Walkin’ My Baby Back Home’, and Lou Rawls’ ‘World Of Trouble’.The expanded studio set will also feature the first version of the album that Jones originally recorded at Allaire Studios with producer Craig Street.Pre-order the album here; listen to Jones’ version of ‘Hallelujah, I Love Him So’ below.‘Come Away with Me: 20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition’ tracklist:Disc 1: ‘Come Away With Me – 20th Anniversary Remaster’01. ‘Don’t Know Why’02. ‘Seven Years’03. ‘Cold Cold Heart’04. ‘Feelin’ The Same Way’05. ‘Come Away With Me’06. ‘Shoot The Moon’07. ‘Turn Me On’08. ‘Lonestar’09. ‘I’ve Got To See You Again’10. ‘Painter Song’11. ‘One Flight Down’12. ‘Nightingale’13. ‘The Long Day Is Over’14. ‘The Nearness Of You’Disc 2: ‘The Demos, First Sessions Outtakes, & First Sessions’ EP01. ‘Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most’02. ‘Walkin’ My Baby Back Home’03. ‘World Of Trouble’04. ‘The Only Time’05. ‘I Didn’t Know About You’06. ‘Something Is Calling You’ (tabla version)07. ‘Just Like A Dream Today’08. ‘When Sunny Gets Blue’0