Would You Buy a 10-LP Set of a Band Playing the Same Song 100 Times?

Remember when The National was conscripted into playing their song “Sorrow” over and over and over again as part of an art installation?  The piece–called “A Lot of Sorrow”–resulted in just over 100 renditions of the song.

And yes, they recorded everything.  

In fact, they plan to release this performance as massive LP set stretching over nine or ten records.  Aaron Dessner from the band had this to say during an AMA on Reddit:

“As the hours went on I think we all realized that this experience was something special for us—there was a weird hypnotic resonance and spirituality to repeating the song over and over. We almost didn’t want to stop and we learned something about our capacity for endurance and the song opened up in surprising ways…by the end it didn’t feel like we were playing it anymore.”

There’s no release date nor any price estimate for this thing.  The good news is that anyone who buys a set can be assured that the money is going to charity.

(Via AV Club)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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