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Boardwalk Empire Volume 1 Music From The HBO Original Series features music from the first two seasons of the show. The Prohibition-era soundtrack, produced by the series music supervisor Randall Poster, is comprised of original music from the 1920s exclusively rerecorded by top contemporary artists such as Regina Spektor, Loudon Wainwright III, Martha Wainwright, Catherine Russell, Nellie McKay and Leon Redbone. Regina Spektor s version of "My Man, " was originally made popular in 1921 by Ziegfeld Follies singer Fanny Brice.


The show features famous, real-life musical characters from the time period such as vaudeville star Eddie Cantor played by Stephen DeRosa and singer/actress Sophie Tucker played by Hairspray s Kathy Brier. Each actor/singer contributes to Boardwalk Empire Volume 1 Music From The HBO Original Series contemporary versions of the songs made popular by these 1920s musicians. What s more, current day New York jazz band Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks appear regularly on the series as the house band at Babette s Nightclub, and the group contributes five modern-day renditions of popular songs from the era.

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  • Audio CD (September 13, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra/Asylum
  • ASIN: B005DKGNEO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,039 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Thomas of Aquino on September 14, 2011
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I have been a longtime fan of Vince Giordano & I have anticipated this release for a long time.
It is outstanding. Vince is responsible for all the music on Boardwalk-Empire. His good taste & excellent musicianship are without peer. I'm 73 years old & have been collecting music from the early jass/pop era for over 50 years. His singers are tremendous. Each fits exactly with the tune they sing. One thing that struck me was the the heavy drumbeat driving the songs. I imagine that in a real club ( as in the show )
it was needed for the dancers. Those of accustomed to the old 78's will be pleasantly surprised. In the early recording industry the drums were very muted and frequently replaced by the tapping of the woodblock.
I thought I'd heard every song from the era. I have heard tens of thousands of recordings. Even so he supprised me with a couple that are brand new to me.

The quality of this recording is outstanding Despite it's terrific old time music it deserves a Grammy nomination.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Barry McCanna on October 18, 2011
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Vince Giordano has devoted his life to the pursuit of the jazz and big band music of the twenties and thirties. His interest was kindled at the age of five by a cache of 78s in granny's attic, and by the age of fifteen he was a working musician. His passion has developed in several directions, including collecting early sheet music and extant arrangements, transcribing other arrangements from shellac recordings, and recreating these sonic masterpieces through the medium of his New York based 11-piece Nighthawks Orchestra.

Martin Scorsese has become increasingly interested in the creation of what used to be known as period films, the period in question being the early part of the twentieth century. He and Vince have worked together in the past, most notably on the film "The Aviator", but the series "Boardwalk Empire" reaches new heights, as witness this first volume of soundtrack music. It kicks off with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band's warhorse "Livery Stable Blues", replete with the whinnying effects which so startled listeners in 1917.

The tracklist credits favour the vocalists, but all but one of the accompaniments is provided by Vince's orchestra, the exception being the haunting Irish ballad Carrickfergus. I particularly enjoyed Regina Spektor's vocal on "My Man" which may sound syncopated by comparison with thirties recordings, but which accurately reflects its origins as a French vaudeville number. Kathy Brier gives a barnstorming rendition of Sophie Tucker's theme song "Some of these Days", and Leon Redbone's laidback approach to "The Sheik of Araby" is a delight.
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39 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Coluccio on October 27, 2011
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Here's a heads up to all of you out there who are thinking of buying this CD. I think the show is great, as is the music, but I ordered this CD primarily because I really enjoy the opening song. For some reason, this is not included among the sixteen tracks in this compilation. It's like buying the "Sopranos" soundtrack without "Woke Up This Morning." If the exclusion of the theme song doesn't matter to you, fine. But I just wanted you to be able to make an informed decision.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sally on January 2, 2013
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The great Vince Giordano and his Nighthawks do a fabulous job with these numbers. The orchestrations are beautifully done and the vocal solists are perfect for the songs. I hope a Volume II will come along soon!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris S. on April 9, 2012
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The music of Boardwalk Empire Cd not only transports you to the 1920's, but it also allows you to relive your favorite moments of the series. Another good deal about the Cd is that it is cheaper here on Amazon than he HBO shop. I give the Cd a 5 out of 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 7, 2012
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Good road music as long as you like the show (or even if you don't like the show). You almost feel like you're in Babbetts having an irish coffee.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arlene on January 27, 2012
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This CD is fabulous! My husband and I love it. We love the music of that era; the jazz and ragtime is just wonderful!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jaded on December 17, 2011
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Boardwalk Empire is the best! I really enjoy it. The music & clothes give me a picture of how my grandparents lived during the 20's (not the murders!)
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