The Ladykillers

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The soundtrack for the Coen Brothers' remake of the 1955 crime comedy The Ladykillers re-teams the directors and producer T-Bone Burnett, who showcases classic and contemporary gospel here in the same way he did with old-timey music on the immensely popular O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. Donnie McClurkin, Bill Landford & the Landfordaires, and the Soul Stirrers are among the featured artists, who span nearly seven decades of gospel music. As with O Brother, Where Art Thou, crime and music also dominate The Ladykillers; the film's gang of thieves sets up headquarters in a sweet little old lady's basement under the pretense that they need a place to practice ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The soundtrack for the Coen Brothers' remake of the 1955 crime comedy The Ladykillers re-teams the directors and producer T-Bone Burnett, who showcases classic and contemporary gospel here in the same way he did with old-timey music on the immensely popular O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. Donnie McClurkin, Bill Landford & the Landfordaires, and the Soul Stirrers are among the featured artists, who span nearly seven decades of gospel music. As with O Brother, Where Art Thou, crime and music also dominate The Ladykillers; the film's gang of thieves sets up headquarters in a sweet little old lady's basement under the pretense that they need a place to practice their church music. But unlike O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Ladykillers is an update instead of a period piece, and Nappy Roots and Little Brother's fusions of hip-hop and gospel reflect the movie's contemporary setting. The soundtrack's mix of sacred and secular music is a seamless one, which makes sense considering that the Soul Stirrers were pioneers in blending gospel and secular appeal thanks in part to Sam Cooke, who sings lead on "Any Day Now" and "Jesus I'll Never Forget"; as always, his voice is equally powerful and joyous, and these songs serve as a welcome reminder of his gospel beginnings. The group's "Come, Let Us Go Back to God" is also given a contemporary remake sung by McClurkin and produced by Burnett; Burnett also co-produces radiant versions of Blind Willie Johnson's "Let Your Light Shine on Me" (which also appears in its original glory) by the Venice Four with Rose Stone and the Abbot Kinney Lighthouse Choir. The producer also includes some shape-note singing, which played a large part on his Cold Mountain soundtrack, with the track "Weeping Mary" by the Rosewell Sacred Harp Quartet. Likewise, the inclusion of Bill Landford & the Landfordaires' "Trouble of This World" and "Troubled, Lord I'm Troubled" helps celebrate this somewhat underappreciated gospel group, whose "Run On for a Long Time" was the basis of Moby's single "Run On." The Ladykillers' hip-hop songs are searching for the same salvation as its gospel songs, although they express it in different ways; Nappy Roots' "Another Day, Another Dollar" (sampling Claude Jeter and the Swan Silvertones' beautifully dark "A Christian's Plea," which is also included on the soundtrack), "Trouble in, Trouble Out," and "Trouble of this World" temper the group's Dirty South sound with a few gospel elements, but the results are distinctly hip-hop. Little Brother's "Sinners" also samples "A Christian's Plea," but his rap focuses on lust instead of greed. Another thoughtfully compiled and produced soundtrack from Burnett, The Ladykillers may or may not spark a gospel revival (so to speak), but the dedication put into creating it is clear.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972480626
  • Catalog Number: 724806
  • Sales rank: 42,765

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Come, Let Us Go Back to God - The Soul Stirrers (2:50)
  2. 2 Trouble of This World (Coming Home) - Nappy Roots (3:48)
  3. 3 Let Your Light Shine on Me - Venice Four (6:43)
  4. 4 Another Day, Another Dollar - Nappy Roots (3:48)
  5. 5 Jesus I'll Never Forget - The Soul Stirrers (2:36)
  6. 6 Trouble in, Trouble Out - Nappy Roots (4:04)
  7. 7 Trouble of This World - Bill Landford & The Landfordaires (2:45)
  8. 8 Come, Let Us Go Back to God - Donnie McClurkin (4:33)
  9. 9 Weeping Mary - Rosewell Sacred Harp Quartet (2:41)
  10. 10 Sinners - Little Brother (4:25)
  11. 11 Troubled, Lord I'm Troubled - Bill Landford & The Landfordaires (2:58)
  12. 12 You Can't Hurry God - Donnie McClurkin (2:26)
  13. 13 Any Day Now - The Soul Stirrers (2:28)
  14. 14 Trouble of This World - Venice Four (2:55)
  15. 15 A Christian's Plea - Rev. Claude Jeter (2:23)
  16. 16 Let Your Light Shine on Me - Blind Willie Johnson (3:07)
  17. 17 Let the Light from the Lighthouse Shine on Me - Venice Four (1:42)
  18. 18 Yes - Abbot Kinney Lighthouse Choir (5:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Louis Price Vocals
Howard McCrary Vocals
T Bone Burnett Guitar
Keith Ciancia Keyboards
Preston Crump Bass
Tony Garnier Bass, Acoustic Bass
Rickey Grundy Leader, Choir, Chorus
Pewee Hill Bass
William Kennedy Drums
Tony Maiden Guitar, Vocals
Bill Maxwell Drums
Olivia McClurkin Background Vocals
Debbie McClendon Choir, Chorus
Donnie McClurkin Piano, Vocals
Charity McCrary Choir, Chorus
Perry Morgan Choir, Chorus
Kristle Murden Choir, Chorus
Jerry Peters Choir, Chorus
Anton Pukshansky Keyboards
Freddie Stone Choir, Chorus
Rose Stone Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Mike Piersante Keyboards
Sheila Ravenel Carpenter Background Vocals
Andrea McClurkin-Mellini Background Vocals
Marshall Carpenter Background Vocals
D.J. Truly Odd Turntables
Keefus Keyboards, Multi Instruments
Lisa Stone Choir, Chorus
Debreca Background Vocals
Daniel Johnson Choir, Chorus
Sam Music Tambourine
Khalifani Keyboards
Freddie Mack Guitar
Linda Maiden Vocals
Rochelle McCracklin Choir, Chorus
Leon McCrary Choir, Chorus
Tracy Pike Choir, Chorus
Hilbert Warrington Choir, Chorus
Tanya Balam Choir, Chorus
Jovan Baylor Choir, Chorus
Amelia Brown Choir, Chorus
Carmelita Cephas Choir, Chorus
Sandra Coleman Choir, Chorus
Nikisha Grier Choir, Chorus
Keith Hinson Choir, Chorus
Keith Holland Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Blind Willie Johnson Arranger
Ernest Franklin Composer
T Bone Burnett Producer
Jean Butler Composer
Keith Ciancia Composer, Producer
Roy Crain SR. Composer
Tommy Dorsey Composer
Bill Maxwell Producer
Wynn Stewart Composer
Faidest Wagoner Composer
Ronald Wilson Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey Composer
William Hughes Composer
Nancy Donald Art Direction
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Mike Piersante Engineer
Hooshik Bayliss Art Direction
Taylor Made Producer
Brian Scott Composer
Traditional Composer
Keefus Programming
Unknown Composer
Sol Messiah Producer, Engineer
Henry Burnett Composer
9th Wonder Producer
Khrysis Engineer
Freddie Mack Producer
Taylor Massey Composer, Engineer
Big Dho Engineer
Ethan Coen Soundtrack Executive Producer
Joel Coen Soundtrack Executive Producer
Minister Melvin Adams Composer
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