O Brother Where Art Thou? CD (2000)

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Captures the texture of the film

by George on 10/12/2001

The music in this movie plays such a huge part in creating that depression-era southern texture. If you liked the quirky freshness of the film, you will enjoy listening to the soundtrack. Read More

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by Davey Morgan - daveymorgan@justspies.com on 9/27/2002

“O Brother, Where Art Thou?" is the soundtrack produced by T Bone Burnett to go along with the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" produced by the Coen Brothers. T Bone Burnett produced albums for well know artists and groups such as Counting Crows, Elvis Costello, and The Wallflowers. It has such a diverse range of music that accompanies the storyline perfectly. The soundtrack ranges from southern gospel, blues, folk, and plain old country. Each song adds to the quirkiness of the story (which is loosely based on “Homer's Odyssey". Gillian Welch, Alison Krauss and Norman Blake all perform on this album, which adds great talent to the soundtrack. The soundtrack is a great collection of talent, artistry and musician-ship. Songs as “You Are My Sunshine” is used in other TV shows and movies, such as Star Trek (an unusual combination). Alison Krauss has been at the top of Billboard Charts and other types of country charts. Some of the other artists and groups on the soundtrack have also been on high spots on music charts. Any lover of great country music and who liked the movie should have this soundtrack. Read More

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Product Overview

Hillbilly and bluegrass sounds underscore T-Bone Burnett's soundtrack to the award-winning Coen brothers film. Burnett researched into the type of music that was popular in 1937 to give added musical element to the movie. Among the musical legends T Bone called on to be part of the soundtrack are Ralph Stanley, Gillian Welch, John Hartford, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, the Fairfield Four, and Norman Blake. There are 19 tracks on this soundtrack.

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Label Uni/mercury Nashville
SKU 60450876
UPC 008817006925
UPC 14 00008817006925
Format CD
Release Date 12/5/2000
Sales Rank 242
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Author Soundtrack
Artist Influence Bob Dylan
Artist Influence Eric Clapton
Artist Influence John Lennon
Artist Influence Randy Newman
Artist Influence Richard Thompson
Artist Influence Roy Orbison
Artist Influence The Band
Artist Influence The Byrds
Artist Influence Tom Waits
Artist Influence Van Morrison
Artist Contemporary Bocephus King
Artist Contemporary Counting Crows
Artist Contemporary Dan Bern
Artist Contemporary David Lindley
Artist Contemporary Don Dixon
Artist Contemporary Elvis Costello
Artist Contemporary Garland Jeffreys
Artist Contemporary Gary Lucas (Guitar)
Artist Contemporary Graham Parker
Artist Contemporary Joe Ely
Artist Contemporary John Hiatt
Artist Contemporary Little Feat
Artist Contemporary Los Lobos
Artist Contemporary Marshall Crenshaw
Artist Contemporary Nick Lowe
Artist Contemporary Paul Kelly
Artist Contemporary Paul Simon
Artist Contemporary Peter Himmelman
Artist Contemporary R.E.M.
Artist Contemporary Robbie Robertson
Artist Contemporary Ron Sexsmith (Singer/Songwriter)
Artist Contemporary Roy Orbison
Artist Contemporary Ry Cooder
Artist Contemporary The Long Ryders
Artist Contemporary Tom Petty
Artist Contemporary Tom Waits
Artist Contemporary Tonio K.
Artist Contemporary Warren Zevon
Artist Follower Counting Crows
Artist Follower Daniel Lanois (Producer)
Artist Follower Daniel Tashian
Artist Follower Joe Henry
Artist Follower Los Lobos
Artist Follower Marshall Crenshaw
Artist Follower Peter Case
Artist Follower Sam Phillips (Singer)
Technical Info
Engineer Peter Kurland
Producer T-Bone Burnett
CatalogID 170069
Lable Name Mercury
Released 12/05/2000
Original Release 2000
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 61m : 24s
Mono/Stereo Mixed
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00008817006925
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Chris Thomas King, Dan Tyminski, Norman Blake, Sharon White (vocals, guitar); Sidney Cox (vocals, banjo); Suzanne Cox, Buck White (vocals, mandolin); John Hartford (vocals, fiddle); Wilson Waters (vocals, tenor saxophone); Cheryl White, Sarah Peasall, David Rawlings, Porter McLister, First Baptist Church Choir of White House, TN, First Baptist Church of Norfolk Choir, Joseph Rice, Dub Cornett, Gillian Welch, Harley Allen, Robert Hamlett, Leah Peasall, James Hill, Isaac Freeman, Willard Cox, Sam Phillips , Alison Krauss, Maura O'Connell, Tim Blake Nelson, Tim O'Brien, Pat Enright, Hannah Peasall (vocals); Mike Compton (guitar, mandolin); Chris Sharp, Evelyn Cox (guitar); Curtis Burch, Jerry Douglas (dobro); Ron Block (banjo); Sam Bush (mandolin); Stuart Duncan (fiddle).
Audio Mixer: Mike Piersante.
Liner Note Author: Robert K. Oermann.
Arrangers: Ed Haley; Gillian Welch; Alan Lomax; T-Bone Burnett; Carter Stanley.
Those kings of cinematic quirkiness, the Coen brothers, fashioned their film O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? as a contemporary adaption of Homer's Odyssey, centering around a group of American chain-gang prisoners. The film's earthy Southern setting makes it a natural for a bluegrass-oriented soundtrack, for which producer T-Bone Burnett picked the cream of the country crop.
"Didn't Leave Nobody But the Baby," for example, is a summit meeting of some of the finest contemporary female country vocalists (Gillian Welch, Emmylou Harris, and Alison Krauss). The old school isn't forgotten either, as evidenced by a chilling a cappella rendering of "O Death," courtesy of Ralph Stanley, and by the closing cut, where the Stanley Brothers issue an elegant plea to heaven with "Angel Band."
Artist Overview
T-Bone Burnett is an artist of broad skills. Known primarily for his work as a producer (Counting Crows, Elvis Costello), he's also a skilled singer-songwriter whose writing is insightful and impassioned, while his singing is committed and honest and his guitar playing inventive while rooted in tradition. His biggest commercial success came with his overseeing of the O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU? soundtrack in 2000, a multi-platinum seller that helped kickstart a bluegrass revival.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (1/03/02, p.119) - Ranked #9 in Rolling Stone's "Top 10 2001".
Rolling Stone (1/18/01, pp.56-7) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...A collection of folk, bluegrass, gospel and hobo country so true to the music's down-home, egalitarian roots that it's hard to distinguish the old tracks from the new and the folk heroes from screen actors..."
Rolling Stone (1/03/02, p.119) - Ranked #9 in Rolling Stone's "Top 10 2001".
Rolling Stone (1/18/01, pp.56-7) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...A collection of folk, bluegrass, gospel and hobo country so true to the music's down-home, egalitarian roots that it's hard to distinguish the old tracks from the new and the folk heroes from screen actors..."
Entertainment Weekly (10/12/01, p.38) - Ranked #56 in EW's "100 Best Movie Soundtracks" - "...An unlikely hillbilly smash making 1930s-style string-band music the 1st trend of the 21st-century..."
Entertainment Weekly (10/12/01, p.38) - Ranked #56 in EW's "100 Best Movie Soundtracks" - "...An unlikely hillbilly smash making 1930s-style string-band music the 1st trend of the 21st-century..."
Q (12/00, p.139) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Mostly traditional spirituals and bluegrass numbers....richly evocative of its time and place, and educational too..."
Q (12/00, p.139) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Mostly traditional spirituals and bluegrass numbers....richly evocative of its time and place, and educational too..."
No Depression (1-2/01, p.90) - "...The rarest of contemporary soundtracks: good (old) music, coherently programmed, and masterfully perfromed....an exceptional album..."
No Depression (1-2/01, p.90) - "...The rarest of contemporary soundtracks: good (old) music, coherently programmed, and masterfully perfromed....an exceptional album..."
Mojo (Publisher) (6/02, p.68) - Included in Mojo's "100 Coolest Movie Soundtracks".
Mojo (Publisher) (1/02, p.70) - Ranked #3 in Mojo's "Best [10] Box Sets & Compilations of 2001".
Mojo (Publisher) (6/02, p.68) - Included in Mojo's "100 Coolest Movie Soundtracks".
Mojo (Publisher) (1/02, p.70) - Ranked #3 in Mojo's "Best [10] Box Sets & Compilations of 2001".
Uncut (magazine) (p.102) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] some superb country-blues fiddling from John Hartford and a couple of breezy, close-harmony stunners from the Cox Family."
Disc 1
1 You Are My Sunshine
2 Po' Lazarus
3 Big Rock Candy Mountain
4 Down to the River to Pray
5 Man of Constant Sorrow
6 Man of Constant Sorrow
7 Keep On the Sunny Side
8 Hard Time Killing Floor Blues
9 I'll Fly Away
10 Didn't Leave Nobody But the Baby
11 Man of Constant Sorrow
12 In the Highways
13 O Death
14 Man of Constant Sorrow - (take With Band)
15 I Am Weary, Let Me Rest
16 Indian War Whoop
17 In the Jailhouse Now
18 Lonesome Valley
19 Angel Band
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