Various Artists – The Sopranos: Peppers & Eggs (Music From The HBO Series) [2x SACD ‘2001] SACD ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Various Artists – The Sopranos: Peppers & Eggs (Music From The HBO Series) [2x SACD ‘2001]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 102:23 minutes | Scans included | 4,13 GB
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Original Television Soundtrack

Show creator David Chase, director Martin Bruestle, and executive producer Brad Grey are credited with this rich, cross-genre, multigenerational collection, but they tellingly thank a few score others. The contributions from usual suspect vets like Frank Sinatra, Dylan, Elvis Costello, Otis Redding, Van Morrison, the Kinks, Keith Richards (and the Stones), the Pretenders, and Ben E. King contain more than their fair share of musical and contextual surprises. But the collection’s true appeal lies in its artistically oblique corners, which somehow embrace alt-rock (R&B tinged and straight up, courtesy of Pigeonhed and Cake, respectively), nouveau Aussie country (Kasey Chambers), traditional gospel and swampy blues (the Campbell Brothers with Katie Jackson, R.L. Burnside), Vivaldi (Cecilia Di Bartoli), and contemporary Neopolitan pop (Madreblu, Lorenzo Jovanotti). Even budding star Uncle Junior chimes in, with Dominic “Goldenthroat” Chianese lending a spare, heartfelt rendition of the traditional “Core’ngrato”; hang onto your kneecaps, ‘N Sync!

At the end of each episode of The Sopranos, a different song plays under the credits. Sometimes the song has been featured elsewhere in the episode, sometimes it is first heard at the end. What the songs have in common is that none of them are mentioned in the credits. Viewers may recognize the familiar ones, a song by Otis Redding, say, or Them’s “Gloria.” But many are unusual even if the artists are well known, and others are hard to identify. Some, in fact, are special to the series. Now, puzzled and intrigued viewers can be satisfied by this two-CD set, the second collection of music from The Sopranos, which ranges from opera singer Cecilia Bartoli performing a Vivaldi aria to Bob Dylan turning in a shambling, newly recorded version of the old Dean Martin hit “Return to Me,” complete with a verse in Italian. As was true of the first album, this one is full of artists like Dylan who rarely agree to let their material be licensed, among them the Rolling Stones and the estate of Frank Sinatra. Some of the songs bear at least a glancing relationship to the subject of the series, such as the Kinks’ “Living on a Thin Line” and the remarkable opening track, a medley of the Police’s “Every Breath You Take” and Henry Mancini’s “Theme From Peter Gunn.” Others are just terrific, or at least ear-catching works. The moral contradictions of the series are exemplified by the segue from Pigeonhead’s “Battle Flag” that makes prominent use of a 13-letter word that helps earn the album a parental advisory sticker, to the Campbell Brothers with Katie Jackson’s “I’ve Got a Feeling,” a gospel number. As on the series, somehow it all holds together without anybody getting hurt. Most of the time, that is.


Disc 1:
01. The Police & Henry Mancini And His Orchestra – Every Breath You Take / Theme From Peter Gunn (Mr. Ruggerio’s Remix)
02. Pigeonhed – Battle Flag
03. The Campbell Brothers With Katie Jackson – I’ve Got A Feeling
04. Kasey Chambers – The Captain
05. R.L. Burnside – Shuck Dub
06. The Lost Boys – Affection
07. Otis Redding – My Lover’s Prayer
08. Madreblu – Certamente
09. Nils Lofgren – Black Books
10. Cake – Frank Sinatra
11. Frank Sinatra – Baubles, Bangles and Beads
12. The Rolling Stones – Thru And Thru

Disc 2:
01. Elvis Costello & The Attractions – High Fidelity
02. The Kinks – Living On A Thin Line
03. Vue – Girl
04. Cecilia Bartoli – Vivaldi: Sposa son disprezzata
05. Ben E. King – I Who Have Nothing
06. Bob Dylan – Return To Me
07. Keith Richards – Make No Mistake
08. Lorenzo Jovanotti – Piove
09. The Pretenders – Space Invader
10. Tindersticks – Tiny Tears
11. Van Morrison – Gloria
12. Dominic Chianese – Core’ngrato
13. Dialogue From “The Sopranos”



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