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Boardwalk Empire Volume 1 : Music From The HBO Original Series [CD]

Various Artists Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Livery Stable BluesVince Giordano And The Nighthawks 2:48Album Only
listen  2. The Dumber They Come The Better I Like 'emStephen DeRosa 1:44Album Only
listen  3. My ManRegina Spektor 2:50Album Only
listen  4. Darktown Strutters BallVince Giordano And The Nighthawks 2:05Album Only
listen  5. Crazy BluesCatherine Russell 3:14Album Only
listen  6. Mournin' BluesVince Giordano And The Nighthawks 3:45Album Only
listen  7. Some Of These DaysKathy Brier 2:56Album Only
listen  8. MargieVince Giordano And The Nighthawks 2:24Album Only
listen  9. CarrickfergusLoudon Wainwright III 4:52Album Only
listen10. Wild Romantic BluesNellie McKay 2:53Album Only
listen11. After You Get What You Want (You Don't Want It)Kathy Brier 3:22Album Only
listen12. The Sheik Of ArabyLeon Redbone 3:44Album Only
listen13. Japanese SandmanVince Giordano And The Nighthawks 2:52Album Only
listen14. Don't Put A Tax On The Beautiful GirlsKathy Brier 2:17Album Only
listen15. All By MyselfMartha Wainwright 3:12Album Only
listen16. Life Is A Funny Proposition After AllStephen DeRosa 3:44Album Only


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Elektra/Asylum
  • ASIN: B005DKGNEO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,034 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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 Regina Spektor s version of "My Man, " was originally made popular in 1921 by Ziegfeld Follies singer Fanny Brice.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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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW September 14, 2011
Format:Audio CD
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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SETTLING OLD SCORES October 18, 2011
Format:Audio CD
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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37 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite What I Expected October 27, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars great rendering of vintage 20s classics January 2, 2013
By Sally
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes you back! :D April 9, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great compilation from the series! September 22, 2011
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I have always enjoyed pre-WWII jazz and it was enjoyable to hear so many nice renditions during the first season of the series. They used quite a few original recordings in the series but many sounded new and I wondered where they came from. A little research introduced me to Vince Giordano and his Nighthawks. All of Vince's tracks are very well done and while they may sound a little more New Orleans than East Coast, they are all excellent and probably very representative of what an actual dance club would have sounded like. The same goes for the vocals; they sound natural instead of refined studio voices. Stephen Derosa's rendition of "Life's a Very Funny Proposition After All" alone makes the CD worth it's purchase price; I'm sure George M. Cohan would have approved.

There are no real negatives to this CD but if I had to nitpick, while Carrickfergus is very contextual to the series, it seemed a little out of place on this CD. Vince's band does a fine version of "Japanese Sandman" but it would have been nice to have a vocal included. Perhaps they could have fit the cute version the lady sang in the bordello (wearing nothing but a smile and her ukulele!) but I see that track is included in the MP3 version of the album.

For those new to 1920's style jazz, this CD is a good introduction to the music of the time and for those of us who have always enjoyed the music, this CD is a good addition to our collection. Grab your sweetie, get a hold of your favorite adult beverage, and enjoy a little time at Babette's.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best Jazz Music from that era
Published 15 days ago by K. Brooks
4.0 out of 5 stars Music that brings a long gone era back to life.
Great representation of an era in American music and culture. "The Dumber they are the Better I like 'em" is a song that certainly predated the rise of the women's movement. Read more
Published 22 days ago by John Hyde
5.0 out of 5 stars hey sunny, can you help me find some booty?
Buy this album for the classic songs sung by modern day artist
Published 1 month ago by Joel Klint Curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent
Published 1 month ago by B. Fischer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 1 month ago by joe warnock
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable CD..wish the sound wasn't so compressed
All the classic songs from the first season of the BE series are here, notably the iconic "Livery Stable Blues" and "Darktown Strutters Ball," performed by... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Garuda28
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning: You'll want to listen to this album over and over without...
This is one of those recordings that I listen to one time and immediately replay. Fun music, fun lyrics, great performances, and high-quality recordings. Read more
Published 3 months ago by John R. Hightower
5.0 out of 5 stars Boardwalk Empire
Boadwalk Empire is one of my favorite HBO series. I love old Atlantic City. The music is authentic, rich and lush arrangements. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robin C. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars It is now her favorite.
Bought it for my wife because it has her type music. It is now her favorite.
Published 3 months ago by Troublesome
5.0 out of 5 stars ... have been in the 20's -- which is just fine with me
Vocals portions significantly longer than would have been in the 20's -- which is just fine with me!
Published 3 months ago by Bruce Carlton
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