Boardwalk Empire, Vol. 1

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2011
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075678825996
  • Catalog Number: 528266
  • Sales rank: 6,841

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Livery Stable Blues - Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (2:48)
  2. 2 The Dumber They Come the Better I Like Them - Stephen DeRosa (1:44)
  3. 3 My Man - Regina Spektor (2:50)
  4. 4 Darktown Strutters' Ball - Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (2:05)
  5. 5 Crazy Blues - Catherine Russell (3:14)
  6. 6 Mournin' Blues - Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (3:46)
  7. 7 Some of These Days - Kathy Brier (2:56)
  8. 8 Margie - Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (2:25)
  9. 9 Carrickfergus - Loudon Wainwright III (4:52)
  10. 10 Wild Romantic Blues - Nellie McKay (2:53)
  11. 11 After You Get What You Want (You Don't Want It) - Kathy Brier (3:22)
  12. 12 The Sheik of Araby - Leon Redbone (3:44)
  13. 13 Japanese Sandman - Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (2:52)
  14. 14 Don't Put a Tax on the Beautiful Girls - Kathy Brier (2:17)
  15. 15 All by Myself - Martha Wainwright (3:12)
  16. 16 Life is a Funny Proposition After All - Stephen DeRosa (3:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vince Giordano Tuba
Jon-Erik Kellso Trumpet
Mark Lopeman Reeds
Mike Ponella Trumpet
Andy Stein Violin
Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks Accompaniment
Chuck Wilson Reeds
Peter Mintun Piano
Arnie Kinsella Drums
Belinda Whitney Violin
Steve Kenyon Flute
Ben Whiteley Conductor
Dan Levinson Reeds
Mark Shane Piano
Randy Reinhart Trumpet
Gary Fagin Conductor
Rob Garcia Drums
Peter Anderson Reeds
Jim Fryer Trombone
Harvey Tibbs Trombone
Rossano Sportiello Piano
Ehud Asherie Piano
Peter Yarin Piano
Will Anderson Reeds
Dan Block Reeds
Marc Phaneuf Reeds
Ken Salvo Banjo
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Eddie Cantor Composer
George M. Cohan Composer
Milton Ager Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Shelton Brooks Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Con Conrad Composer
Jim Dunbar Producer
Stewart Lerman Engineer
Ted Snyder Composer
Albert Willemetz Composer
Jack Yellen Composer
Martin Scorsese Executive Producer
J. Russel Robinson Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Jacques Charles Composer
Channing Pollack Composer
Francis Wheeler Composer
Maurice Yvain Composer
Ray Lopez Composer
Raymond B. Egan Composer
Jean Schwartz Composer
John Janick Executive Soundtrack Producer
Traditional Composer
Rob Morsberger Arranger
Brian Ranney Package Production
David J. Harrigan III Art Direction
Harry B. Smith Composer
Katie Robinson Marketing
Antonio Sbarbaro Composer
Harry DeCosta Composer
Tim Van Patten Executive Producer
Terence Winter Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Kelly McWilliam Publicity
Alcide Nunez Composer
AJ Bower Composer
Rob Gold Art Manager
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