True Blood: Music from the HBO Original Series [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
True Blood's sexy, swampy, and sometimes campy Louisiana atmosphere plays nearly as big a part in the show as Sookie Stackhouse and her vampire lover, Bill Compton. Fans of the HBO TV series know that music played a huge part in creating that atmosphere -- so much so that all of the episodes of its first season were named after songs that appeared in them. And while director/producer Alan Ball's previous HBO series, Six Feet Under, also had an expertly crafted soundtrack that often blended indie and alternative rock with classic vocal pop, True Blood's music runs deeper and wider, often spanning artists like Japanther and the Cowboy Junkies in a single episode and still ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
True Blood's sexy, swampy, and sometimes campy Louisiana atmosphere plays nearly as big a part in the show as Sookie Stackhouse and her vampire lover, Bill Compton. Fans of the HBO TV series know that music played a huge part in creating that atmosphere -- so much so that all of the episodes of its first season were named after songs that appeared in them. And while director/producer Alan Ball's previous HBO series, Six Feet Under, also had an expertly crafted soundtrack that often blended indie and alternative rock with classic vocal pop, True Blood's music runs deeper and wider, often spanning artists like Japanther and the Cowboy Junkies in a single episode and still sounding cohesive. And though the show is steeped in vampire and other kinds of supernatural lore, this collection of songs couldn't be further from stereotypically dark, gothy music: the closest it comes and it's a stretch is either the Watson Twins' Mazzy Star-like cover of the Cure's "Just Like Heaven" or the Southern Gothic of Little Big Town's "Bones," which, with its backwoods menace and beautiful harmonies, is a kissin' cousin of Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain." True Blood moves seamlessly from classic swamp blues and soul to contemporary country to alt-country and rock, and though decades separate some of these songs, common threads run through them. There's a real twang to most of these tracks, most brashly on Jace Everett's "Bad Things," which wraps temptation and longing in roadhouse swagger that makes it one of the most memorable TV theme songs of the late 2000s, especially paired with the show's vividly gritty title sequence. It's also no surprise that many tracks are about Louisiana or by artists from there, including Lucinda Williams' softly Cajun-tinged "Lake Charles," Allen Toussaint's "From a Whisper to a Scream," and Dr. John's brooding "I Don't Wanna Know." True Blood mixes moods as easily as it does musical styles: C.C. Adcock's "Bleed 2 Feed" and Th' Legendary Shack Shakers' "Swampblood" embody late-night hedonism with snaky blues-rock and wild-eyed psychobilly; the Flying Burrito Brothers' "Christine's Tune" nods to the magical reality lurking around the show's edges with cosmic country-rock; and Lee Dorsey's "Give It Up" is just plain funky and sexy. True Blood's songs capture the feel of the show rather than focusing just on tracks that scored the series' key moments, and this approach feels more cohesive and listenable although it has to be said that Slim Harpo's "Strange Love," which soundtracks the first conversation Bill and Sookie have, is a standout. True Blood geeks will nitpick about some omissions, like Lynyrd Skynyrd's "That Smell" or Joan Baez's "Plaisir d'Amour," but the soundtrack is so of the show and so enjoyable that it feels like spending some quality time with the jukebox at Merlotte's Bar and Grill.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2009
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075678965715
  • Catalog Number: 519381
  • Sales rank: 6,947

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bad Things - Jace Everett (2:43)
  2. 2 Bleed 2 Feed - Lafayette Marquis (4:52)
  3. 3 Lake Charles - Lucinda Williams (5:27)
  4. 4 Give It Up - Lee Dorsey (3:00)
  5. 5 Swampblood - The Legendary Shack Shakers (3:11)
  6. 6 Play With Fire - Cobra Verde (2:36)
  7. 7 Just Like Heaven - The Watson Twins (4:15)
  8. 8 Christine's Tune - The Flying Burrito Brothers (3:00)
  9. 9 Two - Ryan Adams (2:37)
  10. 10 Strange Love - Slim Harpo (2:08)
  11. 11 From a Whisper to a Scream - Allen Toussaint (3:29)
  12. 12 I Don't Wanna Know - Dr. John (3:24)
  13. 13 The Golden State - Kathleen Edwards (2:59)
  14. 14 Bones - Little Big Town (3:46)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Chris Hillman Composer
John Martyn Composer
Gram Parsons Composer
Lucinda Williams Composer
Roy Bittan Producer
Greg Droman Producer
Charles Greene Producer
Wayne Kirkpatrick Composer, Producer
John Leckie Producer
Henry Lewy Producer
Larry Marks Producer
Mark Robertson Producer
Allen Toussaint Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jerry West Composer
Mark Wright Producer
John Doe Nommensen Composer
Jamie Candiloro Producer
Mike Napolitano Producer
Don Depew Producer
Kevin Weaver Executive Soundtrack Producer
Pat Kraus Mastering
Jay Miller Producer
Dave Way Producer
John Janick Executive Soundtrack Producer
Russell Pollard Producer
Jimi Westbrook Composer
Gary Calamar Producer, Liner Notes
Jace Everett Composer
Alan Ball & Friends Executive Soundtrack Producer
Phillip Sweet Composer
Brad Pemberton Composer
Nanker Phelge Composer
Kristie Borgmann Art Manager
Kimberly Schlapman Composer
Zachariah Mattheus Art Direction
Rob Gold Art Manager
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Music - A waste if you want to have it on MP3

    I love this soundtrack - let me start with that. I have listened to it almost non-stop since I purchased it. The variety, richness, and sensuality of the music is intense and something I can appreciate.

    Imagine my disappointment when I tried to rip some of the tracks to my MP3 player so I could continue to enjoy the music I had already purchased during my workout. The CDs copyright protections make it so that none of the tracks burn and while the liner is artistic, it does not hold much information. If you intend to use the music for any purpose other than listen to a CD in that exact format, DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY - purchase the files through iTunes or Amazon since you won't be able to rip the files for your own use. Even the iTunes player only grabbed one minute samples, and then only of the first and last songs on the CD. I tried both iTunes and Windows Media Player - maybe a more advanced technology will have better luck, but why make it so that the average user would not have access?

    I understand the need to protect against piracy, but there comes a point where the music companies make purchasing the CDs superfluous and I think they just hit on it. While I can use the CD in my car - once I switch to an iPhone, I won't be using CDs in my car even and the inability to pull the tracks down to my personal devices makes the easily damaged piece of plastic a waste of money.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Vive Louisiana

    A very good approach to the True Blood world with some cajun taste.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Good for a Quick Listen

    After enjoying the wonderful soundtrack from Season 2, I thought that this CD would offer more. While the music was enjoyable after the first listen, I was really good to just skip from the theme "Bad Things" to the last song "Bones." I am honestly more interested in what songs the next soundtrack will include. I am happy to support True Blood in any way possible!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Fantastic!

    This compilation was fantastic. True Blood is my favorite show and listening to the CD made me feel like I was in Bon Temps having a drink at Merlotte's with the gang.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fabulous rockabily

    Loved 95% of this album. Fits the show to a tee. Dark but danceable :)

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must Have!!!

    I love True Blood so the music is a must have for me. My husband
    loves the show and the music. "BAD Things" is the main reason I ordered
    this CD, the lyrics are WILD! Sookie, Bill, Sam, Tara,Lafayette, Jason
    and Eric the best characters ever. The cover design for the CD is
    pure wicked. I love this show!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    True Blood and Blusey Mirth to match....

    In line with the general gist of the series ... the unique interpretations of the various artist captures the feel in subtle nuance of all things of, and related to, a modern Vampire age. Nothing over the top here except for the title song which simply brings it home as it does on the opening credits of the show.

    Sit back, turn it up and enjoy the auditory tour of the True Blood series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointing

    Not as good as I expected. The extra songs in it are disappointing.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Felt Like I Had Stepped Into Bon Temps

    I love this CD. I'm not a big country fan, so I was a little worried - but after watching the first season of TruBlood, when I put this CD into my car and started driving I felt like I was headed to Merlotte's for a night of fun and vampires.

    A fun CD for country fans, and for fans of the show. It will definitely get you in the mood for some TruBlood. =)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVE IT!!!

    I like any CD that has music from a lot of different artists. Sometimes you win, sometimes you loose but this one's a winner!!! It also opens the door to artists I've never heard before and so I have purchased a few new CDs since I bought this one. Enjoy

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Sultry collection

    Country blues, southern rock, however you want to categorize it, its thick and hot with soul and spiced with a little Cajun flavor. Bleed 2 Feed captures the heart of the series and will have you glancing, hopefully, over your shoulder for vampires in the night.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I really enjoyed the music from TruBlood

    I liked the fact that artists were used from Louisianna where the story TruBlood takes place. I also found the songs interesting and realative to the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love it!

    I bought this cd because I love the show. Some of the songs are kind of different, but the more you listen to it, the more you like it. Then, when you're watching the tv show, you can pick out the songs in the background.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great music!!

    I usually don't buy music from bookstores but gave the bookstore a try and it was great that I did. If you love the True Blood series alot of the music will bring back memories. Music is laid out well on the CD with little having to skip around to find the music you like.

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