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Central Pennsylvania Youth All-Star Band - "Baba O'Riley"

MUSIC FARMER 5 - Review by Adam Jones

An Epic Revival: How Pennsylvania's Young Prodigies Reimagined A Timeless Classic

In an era where cover songs often don the veil of electronic rehashes or predictable pop spins emerges a magical rendition — both a paean to the past and a clarion call of the new. Central Pennsylvania Youth All-Star Band, a shining constellation of young luminaries, have embraced the monumental challenge of reinterpreting The Who's iconic "Baba O'Riley". And they haven’t merely risen to the challenge — they’ve transcended it.


The visionary force guiding this celestial alignment is the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame, a non-profit which champions youth music education. Their choice of "Baba O'Riley", with its haunting "teenage wasteland" chorus, resonates with poetic symmetry to the tender age and prodigious gifts of the ensemble. Nestled within the hallowed confines of Atrium Audio at Rock Lititz, the recording emanates an epic quality, enriched by the deft craftsmanship of Grammy-nominated producers Grant McFarland and Carson Slovak.


From their presentation of the anthemic Moog synth opening, it's unmistakably clear: this isn't a mere "children's recital", oh no - it is a soulful communion of youthful maestros channeling epochs of rock'n'roll lore. The timeless intro, though familiar, is REBORN - infused with the invigorating breath of youth’s passion.


Addi Grace is luminosity incarnate, her melodies a bridge, guiding listeners into a world of wonder. Amani Weary (of Before the End fame) unveils depths of musicianship, a wise soul in a young vessel. Carmine Gontz, a magnetic force, a pulsating heart, synchronizing energies and elevating the collective spirit.


Noah Gibney weaves magic alongside his instrumental alchemy, while Faith Noel's siren song mesmerizes, imbibing a contemporary vigor into the revered anthem. Guitarist Alex Lee Warner is charisma embodied, a gravitational pull ensuring the soul remains ensnared in the groove. The rhythmic cadences of Levi Dickinson and Ethan Valentine act as the piece's lifeblood, coursing and invigorating the foundation of the piece.

 

From their presentation of the anthemic Moog synth opening, it's unmistakably clear: this isn't a mere "children's recital", oh no - it is a soulful communion of youthful maestros channeling epochs of rock'n'roll lore.
 

But the ensemble's true triumph lies beyond their staggering prowess. It's in their innate capacity to distill their vibrant essences into the track. Each voice, distinct and resonant, converges in a harmonious mosaic, honoring the original while sculpting a new masterpiece.


Central Pennsylvania Youth All-Star Band’s re-imagining of The Who's "Baba O'Riley" is not merely a musical piece; it's an anthemic masterpiece. It's a reminder that masterful artistry is ageless, that rock's soul remains undying, and that the morrow's melodies rest in divinely inspired hands. To these radiant beacons, we offer our accolades. The cosmos of music are aglow, and we stand, heart and soul, enchanted. 🤘


Check out their cover of "Baba O'Riley"

by CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA YOUTH ALL-STAR BAND below!👇



















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