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Vol. 2 Of Minn. Beatle Project Features 16 Covers

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The Beatles (L to R) Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison wave to fans July 2, 1964 as they return to London from a tour of Australia. (credit: Getty Images)

The Beatles (L to R) Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison wave to fans July 2, 1964 as they return to London from a tour of Australia. (credit: Getty Images)

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Musicians from the Land of 10,000 Lakes take on 16 songs by the Fab Four in a new CD hitting store shelves Wednesday.

The “Minnesota Beatle Project Vol. 2″ features covers of Beatles songs by artists including Soul Asylum, Mason Jennings, Pert Near Sandstone and the Grammy-winning Sounds of Blackness.

The album raises money to fund arts and music programs and supply instruments to young musicians across Minnesota.

One of those beneficiaries — the Edison High School Concert Band of northeast Minneapolis — performs “I Want to Hold Your Hand” on the new CD. The band received more than 50 instruments in a grant this year.

Vega Productions produced the album and will donate all net proceeds to music and art education programs for children.

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