Boardwalk Empire, Vol. 2 [Music from the Original HBO Series]

Boardwalk Empire, Vol. 2 [Music from the Original HBO Series]


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While Boardwalk Empire includes plenty of authentic recordings in its re-creation of the mob wars of the Roaring '20s, Boardwalk Empire, Vol. 2 reaffirms that having contemporary artists interpret the era's songs keeps the HBO series from seeming too archival. Presenting highlights from seasons three and four, the collection features performances from a roster of more established artists than the soundtrack's first volume. The results are often accomplished -- David Johansen slips into the boisterous "Strut Miss Lizzie" like a pinstripe suit -- but not always as thrilling as when younger or lesser-known artists blend almost imperceptibly into the songs. For better or worse, Elvis Costello is unmistakable on his version of "It Had to Be You;" as captivating as he is, he detracts from the illusion of authenticity artists like the National's Matt Berninger creates with his rendition of "I'll See You in My Dreams." Other inspired pairings include Neko Case, who sounds as effortlessly charismatic and appropriate singing "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" as she is anywhere else, and St. Vincent, whose knowing sweetness tempers the naive admonishments to grin and bear it on "Make Believe." Two very different grande dames provide some of the album's biggest highlights: Liza Minnelli is just as brassy and sassy as expected on "You've Got to See Mama Ev'ry Night (Or You Can't See Mama at All)," while Patti Smith plays against type on her playful rendition of the sad-sack chestnut "I Ain't Got Nobody." Performances such as these make Boardwalk Empire, Vol. 2 more theatrical than the first volume, but fans will be pleased to hear more songs by Stephen DeRosa, whose turn as Eddie Cantor is one of the show's highlights. Likewise, this collection introduces Margot Bingham, who joins the cast in season four and showcases her wide range with the flirty "I'm Going South" and the winsome "Somebody Loves Me." Elsewhere, the show's musical diversity expands with Loudon Wainwright III's "The Prisoner's Song" and Pokey LaFarge's "Lovesick Blues," both of which add a hillbilly/country feel, and with Rufus Wainwright's "Jimbo Jambo," an example of the jaunty exoticism of the age that might be a little troubling to modern listeners. On the whole, however, Boardwalk Empire, Vol. 2 is an expansive, entertaining soundtrack that captures just how thoroughly the show crafts its mood and atmospheres.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/10/2013
Label: Abkco
UPC: 0018771898528
catalogNumber: 89852
Rank: 66970

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vince Giordano   Tuba,Bass Saxophone
Jill Jaffe   Viola
Jon-Erik Kellso   Trumpet
Mark Lopeman   Reeds
Mike Ponella   Trumpet
Andy Stein   Violin
Jack Stuckey   Reeds
Andy York   Guitar
Paul Woodiel   Violin
Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks   Accompaniment
Chuck Wilson   Reeds
Arnie Kinsella   Drums
Belinda Whitney   Violin
Noah Bless   Trombone
Dan Levinson   Reeds
Peter Anderson   Reeds
N. Botts   Trumpet
Jim Fryer   Trombone
Meg Okura   Violin
Harvey Tibbs   Trombone
Mairi Dorman Phaneuf   Cello
Matt Musselman   Trombone
Peter Yarin   Piano
Dan Block   Reeds
Antoine Silerman   Violin
Joe Saylor   Drums
Cenovia Cummings   Violin
Ken Salvo   Banjo
Will Anderson   Reeds
Rob Grica   Drums

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Vince Giordano   Arranger
Jerome Kern   Composer
Con Conrad   Composer
James Cox   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Cliff Friend   Composer
Roger Graham   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
Turner Layton   Composer
Stewart Lerman   Producer,Engineer
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
Jack Palmer   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Ted Snyder   Composer
Harry Von Tilzer   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Randall Poster   Producer
Brian Fitzpatrick   Layout
Carol Hughes   Contributor
David Berger   Composer
Guy Massey   Composer
Martin Scorsese   Executive Producer
Harry Woods   Composer
Walter Melrose   Composer
William Jerome   Composer
Abner Silver   Composer
Nat Vincent   Composer
Charles Warfield   Composer
W. Benton Overstreet   Composer
Billy Hueston   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Alisa Coleman   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Joseph Oliver   Composer
Billy Frisch   Composer
Gregory Gilpin   Composer
Tim Van Patten   Executive Producer
Terence Winter   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Meghan Currier   Producer
Earl Norman   Contributor

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