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

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/10/2013
  • Label: Abkco
  • UPC: 018771898528
  • Catalog Number: 89852
  • Sales rank: 5,031

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Strut Miss Lizzie - Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (2:32)
  2. 2 Old King Tut - Stephen DeRosa (2:57)
  3. 3 It Had To Be You - Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (3:17)
  4. 4 Everybody Loves My Baby - Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (3:08)
  5. 5 You've Got To See Mama Ev'ry Night (Or You Can't See Mama At All) - Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (2:51)
  6. 6 Baby Won't You Please Come Home - Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (3:47)
  7. 7 Make Believe (2:47)
  8. 8 Lovesick Blues - Pokey LaFarge (2:53)
  9. 9 Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out - Neko Case (2:53)
  10. 10 Who's Sorry Now - Karen Elson (3:16)
  11. 11 You'd Be Surprised - Stephen DeRosa (3:04)
  12. 12 I'm Going South - Margot Bingham (2:54)
  13. 13 Sugarfoot Stomp - Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (2:46)
  14. 14 Jimbo Jambo - Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (3:04)
  15. 15 There'll Be Some Changes Made - Kathy Brier (2:29)
  16. 16 Somebody Loves Me - Margot Bingham (3:01)
  17. 17 All Alone - Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (2:50)
  18. 18 The Prisoner's Song - Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (3:07)
  19. 19 I Ain't Got Nobody - Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (3:29)
  20. 20 I'll See You In My Dreams - Matt Berninger (1:47)
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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 II 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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