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Ghost Brothers of Darkland County [CD + DVD Deluxe Edition] [Box set]

Various Artists , John Mellencamp Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 4, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: HEAR MUSIC
  • ASIN: B00BHWG1L2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,537 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Introduction By The Zydeco Cowboy
2. That s Me (Performed by Elvis Costello)
3. Anna and Frank Badmouthing Drake
4. That s Who I Am (Performed by Neko Case)
5. The Ghosts Argue and Fight
6. So Goddam Smart (Performed by Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, Sheryl Crow)
7. Monique and Anna Meet
8. Wrong, Wrong, Wrong About Me (Performed by Elvis Costello)
9. Frank and Drake Argue
10. Brotherly Love (Performed by Ryan Bingham, Will Dailey)
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Disc: 2
1. A Look Behind Ghost Brothers of Darkland County
2. Truth In Studio
3. Libretto

Editorial Reviews

From the minds of co-conspirators Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett comes Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a southern gothic supernatural musical thriller of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge. This extraordinary collaboration features original music and lyrics plus key dialog excerpts performed by a stellar cast of guest artists including Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Neko Case, Taj Mahal, Ryan Bingham and Kris Kristofferson, along with actors Matthew McConaughey, Samantha Mathis and Meg Ryan. This release also includes the musical s complete libretto, penned by Stephen King.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great June 4, 2013
Format:Audio CD
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County

The link above is the Mp3 downloads of the music on these CDs, you can sample the music there.

Yeah, this is Stephen King and John Cougar Mellencamp who have created an amazing musical ghost story. Those two names should be enough to make you want this. However, I would not feel right if I didn't mention Sheryl Crow...she just blew me away.

This is a must have for any King, Mellencamp, Costello, Crow...or really a fan of any of the stars who were involved. A really interesting twist on storytelling. Don't expect a John Cougar Mellencamp album...he really didn't perform that much of the music. He wrote it but only performs one song.

This was a great way to experience a very compelling and scary ghost story. I LOVE THiS! Heard it and had to have it!

This deluxe set does not include the hard copy libretto. You get the music and the behind the scenes DVD, which has the libretto in digital format for your computer Mp3 download of the music only is also available.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
You'll probably read more details about this project in some of the other reviews here but I wanted to provide some additional info too. This stage musical was created when singer/songwriter John Mellencamp told mystery author Stephen King about a family incident and King decided it would make a great play. He wrote the script and Mellencamp wrote the songs. It premiered in 2011, I think, at the Atlantic Theater Company in Atlanta. For the "album", they got producer T. Bone Burnett involved and had famous actors provide brief spoken words for the characters and then singers/musicians do the songs.

This review is of the "Deluxe" edition of the set. It comes with two discs. One contains the songs as well as selected dialogue. Matthew McConaughey "speaks" for the character Drake while Ryan Bingham sings Drake's songs. Meg Ryan speaks for Monique and Roseanne Cash sings her songs. Other musicians include real life brothers Phil and Dave Alvin playing two warring brothers. Elvis Costello and Kristofferson are here too Mellencamp gets the closing track. The 44-page booklet (inconveniently) bound in the cardboard digipak contains the spoken words and lyrics on the CD.

The other disc is a DVD which contains a short 14 minute documentary on the project as well as the FULL script for the play - as a .pdf file. The script contains 94 pages spread over a 2 page layout with white letters on a black background. I found this difficult to read but I guess it could be printed out.

The package also contains a card with a "download code" to get the Mp3 versions of the songs on the CD without the dialogue. It appears that this is the same as the MP3 version of the album available on Amazon.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Hype June 9, 2013
By Weiss
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album has really taken me by surprise. They've been pushing the collaborative element of the project on Letterman and Colbert this week, and I expected to be disappointed, which is usually the case when there's too much star-power on a creative endeavor. But the songs from this project are amazing--best stuff I've heard from John Mellencamp since "Pink Houses"! And the performances by the likes of Ryan Bingham, Neko Case, Rosanne Cash, Kristofferson, Dave and Phil Alvin, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp, and Taj Mahal are, almost without exception, stellar throughout. Haven't liked a record this much in a long while. Deep, rich American Gothic, for me this is an Americana "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." It's great that Dave and Phil Alvin are featured in such a pivotal role! Looks like this may be the only thing I'm going to be listening to for a while.
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45 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It blows my mind that this even exists. June 10, 2013
By cory
Format:Audio CD
Welp, I was lookin' for some stanky, swampy, real downhome horror blues and yup, welp, here I found it. Following in the footsteps of Sir Robert Johnson and Robert Zombie (the #1 horror blue man) and #1 harp play Dean Koontz, the music is tight. I don't want to get "Carrie'd" away but "I was born in a small town" (Bangor, Maine) and the ghost brother blues is what I know. I dont want to seem like an "American Fool" but I had no idea John "Cujo" Mellencamp was such a rocker. This album really gives me a "Ry Cooter." All in all the Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County are probably the best ghost brothers. I haven't been this pleased since my purchase of the Smash Mouth: Recipes from the Road: A Rock 'n' Roll Cookbook. Without this book my life would be a "Misery" All in all this book really is "IT."
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immersing Entertainment June 8, 2013
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Quick Tip: If you have an iPad, don't neglect to get the screenplay that goes along with this album, which is found on your favorite music/video/BOOK store located on your iPad. It is interactive and has snippets of music, animation and conversation included for a third of the price of the physical copy.

I liken this album to a a great theatrical soundtrack - the music is AMAZING by itself, but listening to the songs with their context in the screenplay makes them shine.

Excellent guest artists, who do a very powerful job, including Elvis Costello as the Devil, Neko Case as the Girl in the Middle, Kris Kristofferson as the Father and many other performances that flesh out the screenplay in vivid color and emotion.

If you're into blues or something akin to Tom Waits, or a fan of any of the guest artists on this album, don't pass this one up! You'll find new things with every play-through and depth with the reading of the screenplay.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 days ago by Jean-Pierre Poncelet
3.0 out of 5 stars See the Production Instead
After all of the hoopla, this is a very disappointing cd. Although the critics are ecstatic that the overrated feuding Alvin brothers are here together, their contribution is of... Read more
Published 4 days ago by misterjimi
3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment
The Alvin brothers' performances breath some life into this otherwise dull and disappointing endeavor. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Donald L. Sugg
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds like a winner
Cannot wait to see it live!
Published 1 month ago by dog mama
3.0 out of 5 stars The album is ok, but it would have been better as a video production
I saw this production in its debut in Atlanta Georgia. I would rather have had the original Atlanta Cast record this album, but maybe I am biased because I heard them sing it... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars unique and must have
if you are a SK fan, this is a must have. Story and music collaboration is great.
One of a kind.
Published 5 months ago by AbbyGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars cd
husband loved this a a v day gift couldnt find in stores and he has listened to it every day
Published 5 months ago by cathy runyuan
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Victory
Everyone shines dully in the dusty moonlight of this Burnett/King/Mellencamp masterstroke. Every musically and lyrically excellent song on this set is a dusky gem. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robert J. Howal
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Saw the musical this fall in Nashville.
T. Bone Burnett, John Mellencamp and Stephen King are all to be praised for this great tale and musical!
Published 6 months ago by Marcia Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied.
Having seen the play, this was enjoyable The music is great. I would suggest it. Get it if you are considering it.
Published 7 months ago by Gail Stephens
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This vs. the Hardcover listing
Here are the differences taken directly from King's site

Hardcover version - 2 CD 1 DVD set - Printed Libretto. The package will contain 2 audio CDs, one with the dialogue excerpts and one without. The DVD will contain the making of program and "Truth" video.
Deluxe - 2 disc CD/DVD... Read More
May 24, 2013 by Rodney C. Wade |  See all 3 posts
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