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The Wire And All the Pieces Matter OST Five Years Of Music From The Wire (Deluxe Complete Edition) Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (21 Jan. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000YDOOT6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Digital Booklet: ...and all the pieces matter, Five Years of Music from The Wire
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This soundtrack contains music from the show's five years, including a number of tracks from underground hip hop and club artists in Baltimore, where the series is set. Tracks include "Efuge, Efuge", "Unfriendly Game," "Fast Train," "The Body of an American," Ayo," "Analyze," "What You Know About Baltimore," and more. Accompanying the CD is a booklet of essays penned by various hip-hop journalists and the Wire writer George Pelecanos. The insert also has a Q&A session between series creator David Simon and author Nick Hornby that first came out in the Believer.

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By James B. Spink HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Oct. 2008
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The Wire was almost universally acclaimed as being one of the best programmes ever made for TV and I, like many others, was sorry to see it come to an end earlier this year. If you miss the series yourself, but perhaps don't want to buy the DVDs and work your way through the whole saga again then this CD could be just what you need! It is a companion CD to The Wire: Beyond Hamsterdam Baltimore Tracks from The Wire (Hip Hop Edition) and features the tracks listed:

1. "This America, Man"
2. Way Down In The Hole - The Blind Boys Of Alabama
3. "Why Would Anyone Ever Wanna Leave Baltimore?"
4. Oh My God - Michael Franti & Spearhead
5. Dance My Pain Away - Rod Lee
6. My Life Extra - Dj Technics
7. "The King Stay The King"
8. Way Down In The Hole - The Neville Brothers
9. "We Used To Make S*** In This Country"
10. Sixteen Tons - The Nighthawks
11. Assume The Position - Lafayette Gilchrist
12. "What The F*** Did I Do?"
13. Step By Step - Jesse Winchester
14. I Walk On Gilded Splinters - Paul Weller
15. Fast Train - Solomon Burke
16. The Body Of An American - The Pogues
17. "All The Pieces Matter"
18. Efuge Efuge - Stelios Kazantzidis
19. "Omar Comin'!"
20. Way Down In The Hole - Domaje
21. "If It's A Lie Then We Fight On That Lie"
22. Projects - Tyree Colion
23. "Later For That Gangsta Bulls***"
24. Ayo - Bossman
25. Analyze - Sharpshooters
26. "Wars End"
27. Unfriendly Game - Masta Ace Feat. Stricklin
28. What You Know About Baltimore - Ogun Feat. Phathead
29. Jail Flick - Diablo
30. The Life, The Hood, The Streetz - Mullyman
31. "An Act Of Daily Journalism"
32. I Feel Alright - Steve Earle
33. Way Down In The Hole - Tom Waits
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The Wire, IMHO, is possibly the best TV drama produced to date, so does the soundtrack album match up? Well, no not quite, but it is still very good and represents great value for money with its "35" tracks. Of these, 12 are not music but top clips from the episodes. The other 23 tracks, include 4 versions of the "Way Down in The Hole" (intro) theme - all of which are superb. There are also a few very good rap tracks. With only one or two tracks that I won't be listening to regularly, I think this collection is an excellent and easy way of remembering the show.
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Finally, the soundtrack of simply the best TV show ever is going to hit the shelves.

All 4 seasons and the 5th, which is going to air in January, feature incredible and memorable music. I particularly want to get hold of the season 4 opening song and the ending score "The Fall". And what about all the season closing montage songs?! The music styles vary from hardcore rap to swinging country, just like the emotions watching the show.

If there was ever a better way to spend the money, it sure is buying this CD!
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By therealus TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Sept. 2009
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At the end of series 4 of The Wire, one of the best TV series of recent years, there's a four-minute montage of different scenes looking at where the various (surviving) characters have ended up. Over the top was playing Paul Weller's masterful rendition of Dr John's I Walk On Gilded Splinters, and it was that track that led me to this compilation. I have loved the song ever since hearing Humble Pie perform in back in the seventies, and a 25-minute version features on Rockin The Filmore, possibly the best live rock album ever made. Weller's version is a different beast, with a much lighter touch on the instrumentation and a lilt rather than an assault on the senses.

Other standouts on the collection include The Nighthawks' rendition of another classic, Sixteen Tons (they were great when they appeared on the series, but I don't remember them playing this), Solomon Burke's Night Train, and the Pogues' The Body Of An American. There's also a suite of hiphop tracks towards the end, some of which are passable, some not.

Steve Earle gets a look in with Feel Alright, which is Alright, I guess, but why didn't the producers of this compilation include his version of the opening song, Tom Waits's Way Down In The Hole? It leaves a definite Hole, not including it. The other four versions are good, but I would have liked all five.

Most of the rest is filler.

Michael Franti's Oh My God isn't up to his usual standard; Marvin Gaye did this kind of thing better in What's Goin On? Shame, because I've liked Franti since The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy, and I once ate in the same restaurant as him and his entourage, and they were the best behaved people you could imagine.
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It's the daddy of tv shows and anything that brings back the excitement and enjoyment of watching those shows for the first time gets 5 stars in my book.

If you havent seen the Wire TV Series buy that first and then come back for this.
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Finally finished the brilliant TV series and had to buy the album to stave off the despair. It's got a great selection of tracks as well as four versions of down in the hole. I didn't like the final version at all, so it is not missed. It's a fairly eclectic mix but it works and the interspersed audio clips are good, but for my money I wanted something longer since the scripts of the tv programmes are so, so cool and clever. Hence lopping off one star. If you liked the series then you just have to have this album.

PS does anyone know where I can by a Bunk voice synthesizer, or an Omar facial scar kit, or a McNulty libido jab, or Prospect Joe's guide to slimming? I WANT IT ALL!!
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