Boardwalk Empire Vol 1 (Ost) CD (2011)

Artist: Various

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Label Elektra/asylum Records
SKU 223716351
UPC 075678825996
UPC 14 00075678825996
Format CD
Release Date 9/13/2011
Author Various
Technical Info
Engineer Stewart Lerman
Producer Jim Dunbar
CatalogID 88259
Lable Name Elektra (Label)
Released 09/13/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 48m : 44s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00075678825996
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Belinda Whitney (violin); Steve Kenyon (flute); Chuck Wilson, Will Anderson, Peter Anderson , Marc Phaneuf (reeds); Randy Reinhart (trumpet); Harvey Tibbs (trombone); Rossano Sportiello, Ehud Asherie, Mark Shane, Peter Mintun (piano); Rob Garcia (drums).
Audio Mixer: Stewart Lerman.
Liner Note Author: Terence Winter.
Recording information: Avatar Recording; Brooklyn Recording; Hobo Sound; Sear Sound; Water Music.
Too often, when a soundtrack to a period film or television show tries to introduce listeners to older and often unfamiliar songs, they're presented in a dumbed-down form that doesn't do justice to the music or capture the imagination of a new audience. Fortunately, the soundtrack to the riveting, meticulously detailed HBO series Boardwalk Empire defies these hefty odds, which are even steeper considering that it features contemporary pop singers trying their vocal cords on `20s classics. But instead of trying to modernize the music to fit the vocalists, singers such as Regina Spektor slip seamlessly into songs such as "My Man" like actors given flawlessly reproduced Roaring Twenties costumes. Part of the reason the soundtrack works so well is the involvement of Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks, who are Boardwalk Empire's "house band" and have been playing vaudeville, jazz, and other styles of the era since the early `70s, and faithfully re-create the ricky-ticky rhythms and swooning brass and woodwinds of the era (they get all of the spotlight on the numerous instrumentals, including "Livery Stable Blues" and "Darktown Strutters' Ball"). They provide a flawless backdrop for Loudon Wainwright III on the Irish tune "Carrickfergus" and Martha Wainwright on the knowing ballad "All by Myself." Leon Redbone and Nellie McKay are two more inspired choices, with Redbone -- who's always sounded like he transported from the `20s via time machine -- giving new life to one of the era's biggest hits, "Sheik of Araby," and McKay adding the right amount of smokiness to "Wild Romantic Blues." Kathy Brier sings several tracks, and while her Betty Boop-like accent borders on theatrical on "Don't Put a Tax on the Beautiful Girls," her version of Irving Berlin's "After You Get What You Want (You Don't Want You Get)" was vivid enough to tease the arrival of Boardwalk's second season. The soundtrack closes with one of its finest moments, "Life's a Funny Proposition After All," which ended the show's first season on the perfect poignant-yet-witty note. As with everything involved with this show, this set of songs is a great balance of creativity and attention to historical accuracy, and an equally great musical souvenir for fans. ~ Heather Phares
Disc 1
1 Livery Stable Blues
2 Dumber They Come the Better I Like Them, The
3 My Man
4 Darktown Strutters' Ball
5 Crazy Blues
6 Mournin' Blues
7 Some of These Days
8 Margie
9 Carrickfergus
10 Wild Romantic Blues
11 After You Get What You Want (You Don't Want It)
12 Sheik of Araby, The
13 Japanese Sandman
14 Don't Put a Tax on the Beautiful Girls
15 All by Myself
16 Life Is a Funny Proposition After All

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