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Bluegrass became pop music for a while when the soundtrack to this 2000 Coen Brothers film became one of the 10 top-selling soundtracks ever. Here's the complete T-Bone Burnett-produced soundtrack plus a CD with 14 more tracks, 12 of which are unissued re
The best soundtracks are like movies for the ears, and O Brother, Where Art Thou? joins the likes of Saturday Night Fever and The Harder They Come as cinematic pinnacles of song. The music from the Coen brothers' Depression-era film taps into the source from which the purest strains of country, blues, bluegrass, folk, and gospel music flow. Producer T Bone Burnett enlists the voices of Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, and kindred spirits for performances of traditional material, in arrangements that are either a cappella or feature bare-bones accompaniment. Highlights range from the aching purity of Krauss's "Down to the River to Pray" to the plainspoken faith of the Whites' "Keep on the Sunny Side" to Stanley's chillingly plaintive "O Death." The album's spiritual centerpiece finds Krauss, Welch, and Harris harmonizing on "Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby," a gospel lullaby that sounds like a chorus of Appalachian angels. --Don McLeese
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The problem is with the size of the 1st of the 2 records in this set. When I first received it, the first record was slightly larger than the standard 12 inches that most 33 1/3 RPM long playing records are. This created a problem with my Pioneer PL-990 player as the side of the record would rub up against the stylus arm rest, preventing the record from spinning. The second record of this set is the correct size, and has no problems playing at all. After reading the reviews on Amazon's site, I saw nobody complaining about this problem. So I decided to exchange this for another.
However, the second album set I received had the exact same problem. I am now of the opinion that this is a problem with the manufacturing of the album. Instead of returning the album to Amazon.com, I am currently trying to contact Universal Music to try and determine if this is by design.
Producers got it right by hiring a "who's who" list of musicians & vocal artists to cover traditional songs like Stanley Brothers "I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow" and others.
Decent CD player & a pair of headphones and you can actually hear the echo from that pitch perfect four part harmony.
As others have said, it's a great disk or it wouldn't still be in production after 16 years. (Wouldn't have won a Grammy either.)
The CD is also a great introduction into traditional or 'roots' country/bluegrass music. Want to more of the same style music? The enclosed 22 page booklet points you in the right direction.
My overall favorite performance is the one with Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris, DIDNT LEAVE NOBODY BUT THE BABY. Such a haunting and yet extremely sexy song (when performed in the movie, even more so... the three ladies walk out of the lake in those white nightgowns) and really turned me onto the idea of sexy ladies singing lullabyes... oh yeah! But there are other great old fashioned songs on here done extremely well like the rendition of I'LL FLY AWAY and MAN OF CONSTANT SORROW. Not to mention songs that I remember from being a little kid like BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN, done up in a little more of a grown up way... lyrics in tact, nothing to dirty or provocative, but plenty of hints...still something acceptable to play with the kids in the car.
I'm sure this stuff is not for everybody, but this disc really opened me up to a lot of great old timey music. It wasn't all the hokeyness I had always thought it was. Several artists from the thirties and forties played music that is really strong even today. I am still amazed though at how quickly this album went to the top of the charts. Nobody has really had as much success with tributing this era of music since...? Oh well. Guess thats what makes this one stand out. I really got a kick out of the movie too, even though it had George Clooney in it.