Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County [CD/DVD Combo][Deluxe Edition] Box set
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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.Read more ›
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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Disappointing semi-operatic score with not a single memorable tune to take away after an initial hearing.Published 15 months ago by Gentleman Jim
Saw this live in Baltimore recently. Show has built-in problems, but the CD with Kristofferson and Costello did not measure up musically with what I experienced live.Published 19 months ago by Miata6
Powerful passionate compelling score by Mellencamp. Heart wrenching provocative play by Stephen King. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Robbie
The music is great , and Im a huge fan of John Mellencamps. I hope the musical comes to Cleveland soon!Published 20 months ago by niecerbug
So many good things in this package. I grew up in musical theater and I am a huge Stephen king fan. I found this when I was searching for any books I haven't read yet. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Roxie