Innocence And Despair

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1 Venus and Mars/Rock Show [The Langley Schools Music Project] 2:51 $1.49 Buy
2 Good Vibrations [The Langley Schools Music Project] 4:06 $1.49 Buy
3 God Only Knows [The Langley Schools Music Project] 3:09 $1.49 Buy
4 Space Oddity [The Langley Schools Music Project] 5:30 $1.49 Buy
5 The Long and Winding Road [The Langley Schools Music Project] 3:53 $1.49 Buy
6 Band On The Run [The Langley Schools Music Project] 4:11 $1.49 Buy
7 I'm Into Something Good [The Langley Schools Music Project] 2:36 $1.49 Buy
8 In My Room [The Langley Schools Music Project] 2:31 $1.49 Buy
9 Saturday Night [The Langley Schools Music Project] 3:54 $1.49 Buy
10 I Get Around [The Langley Schools Music Project] 1:53 $1.49 Buy
11 Mandy [The Langley Schools Music Project] 2:44 $1.49 Buy
12 Help Me, Rhonda [The Langley Schools Music Project] 2:19 $1.49 Buy
13 Desperado [The Langley Schools Music Project] 3:39 $1.49 Buy
14 You're So Good To Me [The Langley Schools Music Project] 2:53 $1.49 Buy
15 Sweet Caroline [The Langley Schools Music Project] 3:03 $1.49 Buy
16 To Know Him Is To Love Him [The Langley Schools Music Project] 1:53 $1.49 Buy
17 Rhiannon [The Langley Schools Music Project] 3:56 $1.49 Buy
18 Wildfire [The Langley Schools Music Project] 4:37 $1.49 Buy
19 Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft [The Langley Schools Music Project] 5:26 $1.49 Buy

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The 19 tracks on The Langley Schools Music Project document a 60-voice chorus of rural Canadian school children, age 9-12, recorded in 1976-1977. Technically untrained but mesmerized by melodic magic, the students sing from-the-heart renditions of tunes by the Beach Boys, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, The Bay City Rollers, and others. They accompany themselves with the shimmering gamelan-like chimes of Orff percussion instruments and elemental rock trimmings arranged by their "gypsy" music teacher, Hans Fenger.

These recordings, caught on 2-track tape in a Western Canada school gym, weren't staged to achieve money or fame, sell albums or land a record contract. These kids played music because they loved it. Innocent, flawed and bittersweet, guided by Fenger's unsuspecting genius, these recordings brim with charm and adolescent elan, sparked by flashes of lo-fi Spectorian majesty and PET SOUNDS subtlety. Call it folk art, outsider, or campfire rock -- the labels don't matter. These are gorgeous, heavenly artifacts. The Langley Schools Music Project was produced for first commercial issue by IRWIN CHUSID (Raymond Scott, Esquivel, Shaggs, Songs in the Key of Z). The package includes a 16-page color booklet detailing the story of the recordings, and includes photos of the kids in action. The tracks were newly remastered and reverberate with an astonishing range of fidelity. These recordings were originally contained on two 12" LPs, pressed in a limited run for students, classmates, teachers, and parents. They were never intended for exposure outside the Langley region. However, under a trustee arrangement with Langley School District #35, royalty payments from the sale of this CD will be used to finance music scholarship or purchase instruments for the schools and/or pay pro-rated shares to participating former students.

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"A one-of-a-kind recording unlikely to ever be duplicated. ...Everyone, not just educators, can probably find something to cherish in the Langley Schools Music Project's 'Innocence and Despair'." - Kurt Rheigley, Seattle Weekly