The Ladykillers

The Ladykillers


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The Ladykillers

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972480626
catalogNumber: 724806
Rank: 7633

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   Composer
Tommy Dorsey   Composer
Bill Maxwell   Producer
Faidest Wagoner   Composer
Ronald Wilson   Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
William Hughes   Composer
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
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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