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The Sopranos

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Barnes & Noble - Moira McCormick
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...
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Barnes & Noble - Moira McCormick
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?
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Imagine an album that could contain tracks by Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Elvis Costello, as well as Frank Sinatra, Cream, and Van Morrison. That's part of the lineup on this various-artists sampler of music used in the television series The Sopranos, music that dates from each of the last five decades of the 20th century, from Bo Diddley's 1950s hit "I'm a Man" to Eurythmics' "I've Tried Everything" from their 1999 reunion album, Peace. Familiar songs like Sinatra's "It Was a Very Good Year" are given a new flavor by being sequenced between very different yet oddly complementary songs. The most interesting moments, however, come with the less familiar material -- cast member "Little Steven" Van Zandt and the Disciples of Soul's "Inside of Me," Elvis Costello & the Attractions' live take on "Complicated Shadows," Wyclef Jean's rap over Sly & the Family Stone's "Family Affair" on "Blood Is Thicker Than Water," which refers specifically to the mafia family story line of the show. The result sounds like an hour with the radio station of your dreams, which is what this kind of album aspires to be.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/14/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646391129
  • Catalog Number: 63911
  • Sales rank: 37,755

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Woke up This Morning (4:05)
  2. 2 It's Bad You Know - R.L. Burnside (4:42)
  3. 3 It Was a Very Good Year - Frank Sinatra (4:27)
  4. 4 Gotta Serve Somebody - Bob Dylan (5:19)
  5. 5 Inside of Me - Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul (5:01)
  6. 6 I Feel Free - Cream (2:51)
  7. 7 Mystic Eyes - Van Morrison (2:41)
  8. 8 State Trooper - Bruce Springsteen (3:11)
  9. 9 I'm a Man - Bo Diddley (2:44)
  10. 10 Complicated Shadows - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (4:44)
  11. 11 The Beast in Me - Nick Lowe (2:29)
  12. 12 Viking - Los Lobos (3:29)
  13. 13 Blood Is Thicker Than Water - G&B (4:11)
  14. 14 I've Tried Everything - Eurythmics (4:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Sinatra Track Performer
Cream Track Performer
Bob Dylan Track Performer
Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul Track Performer
Bruce Springsteen Track Performer
Them Track Performer
The Attractions Track Performer
R.L. Burnside Track Performer
Bo Diddley Track Performer
Los Lobos Track Performer
Van Morrison Track Performer
A3 Track Performer
G&B Track Performer
Disciples of Soul Track Performer
Technical Credits
Elvis Costello Producer
Eurythmics Producer
Barry Beckett Producer
Neil Brockbank Producer
Sonny Burke Producer
Geoff Emerick Producer
Nick Lowe Producer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Tom Rothrock Producer, Engineer
Jerry Wexler Producer
Andy Grassi Engineer
Wyclef Jean Producer
Jerry Duplesis Producer
David Chase Executive Producer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome music

    Great music that goes with a great show.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Impressive Compilation

    Indeed a terrific compilation of music to complement one of the best shows television has to offer. I anxiously await a second edition which I hope is in the works!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What Sopranos Are They Listening To?

    Some of the best tracks during the ending credits have been omitted. This CD makes for enjoyable listening, but if you are trying to capture the gutsy feeling of the show, then it falls far short of expections. Perhaps they will do a second edition and include other songs from the first season. Their variation on Faure's Pavane was excellent. It deserves a place on a follow-up release.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Best Compilations Ever

    The Sopranos is by far one of the best shows on TV, and the music is always an important asset. As a result, this collection is a ''must have'' in my book. I would want these songs without being a fan of the show, but the edgy, tense tunes match the attitude and tone of the show perfectly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nothing like this album

    This album is best enjoyed full volume in a convertible with the top down, a nice summery day and a crusie down the beach and your favorite significant other by your side. From the opening track Woke Up this Morning to the final fade on the last track, your blood will be pumping and you'll be more than ready for the new season of the Sopranos.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A little disappointed

    The opening song to the Sopranos sets a tone for the entire show. A beat that is undeniably mobster cool. With this tune in mind I purchased the ablum expecting a gansta' mix of Frank Sinatra glory, James Brown flava and modern flair. What I got was an awesome first song and a lot of B-side material. You may love it, but I wish I had listened to it all the way through before I bought it.

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