Album Review: Minnesota Beatle Project Vol. 2

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Minnesota Beatle Project Vol. 2 (Courtesy of Vega Productions)

With The Beatles catalogue finally available on iTunes, and The Beatles Rock Band video game available, and their entire catalogue digitally re-mastered and reissued in 2009, The Beatles are readily available to newer, younger audiences to discover and appreciate just like the many generation before them. It's fitting, then, that The Beatles — a band enjoyed by both young and old — were selected as the theme for a series of CDs whose proceeds were to provide support for the music and art programs in Minnesota public schools.

The second volume of The Minnesota Beatles project features some of our favorite new and heritage acts of the local scene performing originally arranged compositions of their favorite Beatles songs. The album also features Minnesota public school student bands that have benefited from this project.

Check out this stellar line up below!

01 Good Morning Good Morning - Soul Asylum

02 Revolution - Total Babe

03 Child Of Nature - Mason Jennings

04 Fixing A Hole - Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons (Humans Win! Remix)

05 Real Love - Lookbook

06 Happiness Is A Warm Gun - A Night In The Box

07 It's All Too Much - Polara

08 Tomorrow Never Knows - Meat Puppets feat. Alison Scott

09 I Am The Walrus - Pert Near Sandstone

10 Michelle - The New Standards

11 And Your Bird Can Sing - Rogue Valley

12 Dear Boy - P.O.S.

13 I Want To Hold Your Hand - Edison High School

14 Golden Slumbers - Communist Daughter

15 Hey Jude - Sounds Of Blackness

16 Good Night - Curtiss A's D'Lando Flaques*ffaire *Rockestra

The CD is available in stores and online in CD, mp3 and new, very limited-edition double vinyl formats. Sales of the CD help provide instruments for children in Minnesota public schools. A CD release party for the album will take place on Wednesday, December 8 at First Avenue during Curtiss A's annual Tribute to John Lennon concert.

Melanie Walker, former Music Director for The Current