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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 18 October 2011
Vince Giordano has devoted his life to the pursuit of the jazz and big band music of the twenties and thirties. His interest was kindled at the age of five by a cache of 78s in granny's attic, and by the age of fifteen he was a working musician. His passion has developed in several directions, including collecting early sheet music and extant arrangements, transcribing other arrangements from shellac recordings, and recreating these sonic masterpieces through the medium of his New York based 11-piece Nighthawks Orchestra.

Martin Scorsese has become increasingly interested in the creation of what used to be known as period films, the period in question being the early part of the twentieth century. He and Vince have worked together in the past, most notably on the film "The Aviator", but the series "Boardwalk Empire" reaches new heights, as witness this first volume of soundtrack music. It kicks off with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band's warhorse "Livery Stable Blues", replete with the whinnying effects which so startled listeners in 1917.

The tracklist credits favour the vocalists, but all but one of the accompaniments is provided by Vince's orchestra, the exception being the haunting Irish ballad Carrickfergus. I particularly enjoyed Regina Spektor's vocal on "My Man" which may sound syncopated by comparison with thirties recordings, but which accurately reflects its origins as a French vaudeville number. Kathy Brier gives a barnstorming rendition of Sophie Tucker's theme song "Some of these Days", and Leon Redbone's laidback approach to "The Sheik of Araby" is a delight. The inclusion of "Japanese Sandman" is particularly appropriate because Paul Whiteman secured his Victor contract at the phonograph company's 1920 convention in Atlantic City, and it was his first recording.

Every track of this CD is a delight, and a number of forgotten gems are included. Sound quality is nothing short of stupendous, and I envy New Yorkers, who can hear the Nighthawks in person at Sofia's Restaurant at the Edison Hotel every Monday and Tuesday evening.

NOTE: This CD has been nominated for a Grammy for best compilation soundtrack for visual media.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2014
I just love this album and volume 2 too. When I watched the series I couldn't figure out how the fantastic accompanying music was so clear and well recorded. Now I realise that it is a set of modern recordings of old songs sung by a selection of contemporary vocalists (some of whom are quite famous) all mostly singing with Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks to recreate that 1920/30s sassiness. I've noticed that half the Wainwright clan are on the albums, Loudon, Rufus, and Martha, but that's fine as I like them all. Good old Leon Redbone is featured too. All his albums sound like this anyway.These albums are a joy for the lug'oles. I couldn't chose one over the other so I had to get both albums. Why is it that when Martin Scorsese is involved with projects you get everything at a much higher, detailed, quality ? Please can we have some more.

Eamonn
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2014
Wonderfully evocative music, written as " throw away, short life" but still able to bring much pleasure almost a hundred years later.
Makes you realise what terrible music the young listen to today which certainly will not be around in another hundred years.
Very sad to hear that the next season of Boardwalk will be the last.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2014
Loved/loving the boardwalk series, the music is totally evocative, highly recommend this for all boardwalk fans. To do list: order #2
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on 29 November 2014
Would like to have had a couple of Eddie cantor songs included otherwise a great album shall definitely buy follow-up
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on 29 October 2014
Some interesting tracks. I particularly like the 'born, live a while and then die'. Pretty much sums up life!
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on 6 November 2014
Wonderful collection of nostalgic music from the era this really great series depicts. love it,
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
great music if you like jazz
hope there is a follow up because the third series music sounds better than the rest
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on 22 September 2014
enjoyed the series now I can listen to the music
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on 6 July 2014
If one likes jazzy,this is for you. Excellent
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