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Fuhgeddaboudit! Music You Heard on the Sopranos
     

Fuhgeddaboudit! Music You Heard on the Sopranos

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The Sopranos is not only the finest show on the tube; the modern saga of New Jersey mafiosi boasts some of the coolest music ever transmitted via the boob tube. This inaugural Sopranos soundtrack album collects 14 first-rate tracks heard on the program, and the result is unusually cohesive for a compilation album. The leadoff cut by England's

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The Sopranos is not only the finest show on the tube; the modern saga of New Jersey mafiosi boasts some of the coolest music ever transmitted via the boob tube. This inaugural Sopranos soundtrack album collects 14 first-rate tracks heard on the program, and the result is unusually cohesive for a compilation album. The leadoff cut by England's idiosyncratic roots-funk-electronica band A3, "Woke Up This Morning (Chosen One Mix)" -- otherwise known as the intoxicating theme song of The Sopranos -- sets the tone for the rest of the album. It's an undulating, ominous combo of synthetic blues and gospel, underlaid with a menacing bass line and topped by the Reverend D. Wayne Love's equally menacing vocals. What follows is satisfyingly varied but still of a piece -- and in the spirit of the show as well -- the emphasis being tough, stark, blues-edged material. Septuagenarian Delta bluesman R. L. Burnside turns in a spooky, harmonica-laced, highly atmospheric "It's Bad You Know," propelled by the seductively off-kilter sound of tropical gourd percussion. Bruce Springsteen's grimly compelling "State Trooper," from his album Nebraska, sounds great here, as does Wyclef Jean's "Blood Is Thicker Than Water," entwined as it is with ironic snippets of Sly Stone's "Family Affair." Springsteen guitarist Little Steven (Steve Van Zandt, who has a role in The Sopranos as a loyal Mob lieutenant) and his Disciples of Soul check in with "Inside of Me." Also on hand are Los Lobos, Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, the Eurythmics (with a sad, gorgeous "I've Tried Everything"), some muscular oldies (Cream's "I Feel Free" and "Mystic Eyes" by Them featuring Van Morrison), and, of course, Francis Albert Sinatra, whose masterpiece of nostalgia, "It Was a Very Good Year," ushers in season two of The Sopranos. All that's missing is the sinuous, hipster-cool "Buena" from the late, lamented Morphine -- the next soundtrack album, maybe?

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Many of the songs on Fuhgeddaboudit! Music You Heard on the Sopranos are not the same versions heard on the show. The Jefferson Airplane track is from a live show, the BB Band and other studio orchestras play versions of the instrumental tracks, and some of the other songs are re-recordings. If you buy the set, check the live, blooper-filled performance of "Call Me Irresponsible" by Frank Sinatra.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/13/2004
Label:
Golden Stars Holland
UPC:
8712177045990
catalogNumber:
5368

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

J.B. Lenoir   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Ian Gillan   Composer
Green   Composer
Don Henley   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Gerry Rafferty   Composer
Grace Slick   Composer
Bill Laswell   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Ritchie Blackmore   Composer
Don Felder   Composer
Roger Glover   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Jon Lord   Composer
Eugene Record   Composer
Stan Jones   Composer
Afrika Bambaataa   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Glenn Frey   Composer
Johnny Funches   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Marvin Junior   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
David M.   Composer
Ennio Morricone   Composer
Van Morrison   Composer
Babatunde Olatunji   Composer
Ian Paice   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Phil Silvers   Composer
Ted Snyder   Composer
Lewis Steinberg   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
B.J. Wilson   Composer
J.A. Black   Composer
Al Jackson   Composer
Philip Springer   Composer
David Clowney   Composer
Russ Columbo   Composer
Luther Dixon   Composer
Carmen Lombardo   Composer
Esther Navarro   Composer
Vito Picone   Composer
Arthur Venosa   Composer
K.R. Wood   Composer
Harry Revel   Composer
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Stanley Rochinski   Composer
Tony Springer   Composer
Nat Burton   Composer
Riccardo Cordiferro   Composer
Carlo Donida   Composer
Mabel Wayne   Composer
Francesco Sartori   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Allyson R. Khent   Composer
Mogol Audio 2   Composer
Elian   Cover Design
Jean Kenbrovin   Composer
C. Glenn Burnett   Composer
John Kellette   Composer
Domenico Furno   Composer
Salvatore Cardillo   Composer
Ernesto de Curtis   Composer

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Fuhgeddaboudit! Music You Heard on the Sopranos 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kind of disappointing. Seems that about half of the tracks are copycat performers, not the actual, original musical tracks that were used on the Sopranos -- especially the theme song, "Woke up this morning." Since it appears that there's nothing else out there that would be the ACTUAL musicians singing the tracks from the show, this will have to do. But not something I'll end up listening to until my ears bleed, as I anticipated. Too bad.