Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Boardwalk Empire Volume 1 Soundtrack 
Through most of the 20th century, Atlantic City was controlled by a powerful partnership of local politicians and racketeers. Funded by payoffs from gambling rooms, bars, and brothels, this corrupt alliance reached full bloom during the reign of Enoch “Nucky” Johnson — the second of three bosses to head the Republican machine that dominated city politics and society.
Boardwalk Empire is the true story that inspired the epic HBO series starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, and Kelly Macdonald, with a pilot episode written by Terence Winter (The Sopranos) and directed by Martin Scorsese (Shutter Island).
The 16-track collection features a sharp cross-section of tunes from the show, including contributions from Loudon Wainwright III, Nellie McKay, Leon Redbone, Martha Wainwright, and Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks (the contemporary jazz combo who also serve as the house band at Babette’s Supper Club on the show).
It also includes New York songbird Regina Spektor’s version of “My Man,” a tune initially made famous by Fanny Brice (who would later be immortalized as the subject of the musical Funny Girl).
01. Vince Giordano And The Nighthawks - Livery Stable Blues
02. Stephen DeRosa - The Dumber They Come The Better I Like 'em
03. Regina Spektor - My Man
04. Vince Giordano And The Nighthawks - Darktown Strutters Ball
05. Catherine Russell - Crazy Blues
06. Vince Giordano And The Nighthawks - Mournin' Blues
07. Kathy Brier - Some Of These Days
08. Vince Giordano And The Nighthawks - Margie
09. Loudon Wainwright III - Carrickfergus
10. Nellie McKay - Wild Romantic Blues
11. Kathy Brier - After You Get What You Want (You Don't Want It)
12. Leon Redbone - The Sheik Of Araby
13. Vince Giordano And The Nighthawks - Japanese Sandman
14. Kathy Brier - Don't Put A Tax On The Beautiful Girls
15. Martha Wainwright - All By Myself
16. Stephen DeRosa - Life Is A Funny Proposition After All
Bonus Tracks (256 kbs):
17. Lauren Sharpe - Japanese Sandman (uke version)
18. Vince Giordano And The Nighthawks - Maple Leaf Rag
19. Amber Edwards - Alice Blue Gown
20. Mark Shane - Harlem Strut