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Lawless Soundtrack

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Original soundtrack to the 2012 motion picture. The Lawless soundtrack includes original songs written by Nick Cave for the movie and performances by Country legends Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris along with Grammy Award winner Ralph Stanley (O Brother, Where Art Thou) and Mark Lanegan from Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age. Best known for his work as a frontman of the critically acclaimed rock band, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Nick Cave, along with fellow Bad Seed Warren Ellis, composed the soundtracks for The Proposition, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and The Road.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Fire and Brimstone - The Bootleggers feat. Mark Lanegan
  2. Burnin' Hell - The Bootleggers feat. Nick Cave
  3. Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do - Ralph Stanley
  4. Fire in the Blood - The Bootleggers feat. Emmylou Harris
  5. White Light / White Heat - The Bootleggers feat. Mark Lanegan
  6. Cosmonaut - The Bootleggers feat. Emmylou Harris
  7. Fire in the Blood / Snake Song - Warren Ellis
  8. So You'll Aim Towards the Sky - The Bootleggers feat. Emmylou Harris
  9. Fire in the Blood - The Bootleggers feat. Emmylou Harris
  10. Fire and Brimstone - Ralph Stanley
  11. Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do - The Bootleggers feat. Mark Lanegan
  12. White Light / White Heat - Ralph Stanley
  13. End Crawl - Warren Ellis
  14. Midnight Run - Willie Nelson


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 28, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: August 28, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: SONY MASTERWORKS
  • Run Time: 42 minutes
  • ASIN: B008IGP8RI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,094 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 29, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This new soundtrack (from the film that Nick Cave co-wrote the screenplay for) has Producer Hal Willner's "signature" all over it. Anyone who knows Willer's other projects know he uses diverse musicians and often repeats songs with different arrangements. That's the case here with the new Nick Cave/ Warren Ellis song "Fire in The Blood" performed THREE times - twice by their band (called The Bootleggers for this album - sort of like The Soggy Mountain Boys in "O Brother") with Emmylou Harris and again by Ralph Stanley (also on O Brother) .

The 41-minute album contains a "bonus track" - a previously unreleased song (not in the film) by Willie Nelson.

This is definitely a "crossover" album which will appeal to rock fans as well as "Americana" lovers. And, surprisingly, it is on Sony's CLASSICAL label. (Go Figure.).

I haven't seen the film - it just opened - but the Soundtrack stands on it's own.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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Don't let that one star review mislead you, he's just slightly misinformed. While he is correct in Cave only singing on 2 tracks he wrote the handful of originals and both him and Ellis composed the arrangements for the traditionals and covers included on the disc. The band listed as The Bootleggers are actually Cave, Ellis and a few others from their own inner circle of musicians. I haven't seen the film yet but from what I've read there are quite a few tracks and arrangements missing, it does bother me knowing that I may not have everything they created for the film, I really can't complain about what was included on the disc. Both of the tracks that Mark Lanegan guests on are phenomenal. Ralph's take on Fire & Brimstone is haunting and Emmylou sounds great. I've had this on repeat all day and can see it making its way into regular rotation in the future.
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Spent the morning at the movies watching the new release "Lawless". While the film was pretty good the soundtrack was just outstanding. I stayed to read the credits and was surprised to see just how much of this is Nick Cave's work whether as a performer with The Bootleggers or as a songwriter (Nick also wrote the screenplay for the film). I was looking specifically to see if there was a soundtrack available and did not see any mention of it in the credits. I'm pleased to see this is indeed available and eagerly await it's arrival.
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By Patman on November 27, 2012
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My hat's off to ANYONE who could talk Ralph Stanley into singing "White Light/White Heat"... or maybe they just told him the song is about moonshine.

I wonder if he has even heard of the Velvet Underground or Lou Reed?

In any case, what a phenomenal soundtrack this is. Wow. Nick Cave, Emmy Lou, Ralph Stanley??? Holy Crap.

Just fit the movie perfectly. I heard this watching the movie. Have NOT heard it without a movie to go along! :)
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I've been anticipating this movie and soundtrack since I heard that Nick Cave was writing the screenplay four years ago. It does not disappoint! It was a nice surprise to hear some bluegrass icons, but even better to hear them in the cacophonous, rambling style that is clearly and unmistakably Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. Burnin' Hell carries the album, and End Crawl reminds me of their music for The Road and The Proposition.
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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis are a force of musical brilliance that rendered me a pile of shaken tears from their scores to The Proposition, The Road and The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. They are simply the two most brilliant composers to have ever graced the medium of cinema. Nick Cave has a very rare distinction of being not only a bandleader with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, but he is also a screenwriter and a composer. He wrote the screenplay to The Proposition as well as for Lawless. John Hillcoat directed his band's music videos so naturally when Hillcoat made the leap to features he brought along Nick Cave and Warren Ellis (also part of The Bad Seeds). Now, Lawless is a unique musical experience. The film is made up equally of songs and score. The songs though are such an integral part of the story that they act as score. Cave and Ellis pretty much wrote, performed or produced every song on the soundtrack as well so this isn't a normal song album of source music. The songs are the score.

Lawless is a fantastic film, and I really mean that. The characters carry the film, but since it takes place during prohibition the music needed to focus on the time period and location. Hillcoat loves westerns and he infuses this film with many western archetypes even though it takes place in Virginia. The film is definitely labeled as a gangster film, but honestly I think gangster and western genres share almost all the same archetypes. You'll notice that Cave and Ellis do different incarnations of the same songs very much like they did in The Proposition. The music's tone changes as you progress, and even though it's hard to get a handle of the film through this CD you can tell that the songs do set a certain mood.
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