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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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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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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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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 January 2013
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 29 December 2011
After downloading the Broadwalk Empire music onto my MP3, I find it particularly enjoyable listening to it while I am working in the garden.
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on 3 February 2014
I can't possibly comment on this as it was a gift for Christmas and not my the type of music I normally go for go for but all the same I have no complaints.I'm not familiar with the songs but it is fantastic value for money at a little over a tenner as something like this would normally go for at least £15.It is good for people who wish to save themselves a few quid especially those who are looking for gift ideas over the festive period.Not only the value but the the audio quality is top notch and certainly justifies the price, and especially when you consider these things are not easy to get hold of and for those who have a hard time of getting hold of these things in certain ares.For value you cannot do much better for the quality on offer here as you will not hear better audio anywhere else.This type of music is always better on headphones and for those looking for ideas then you can do no better than Bose to make your audio experience just that little more enjoyable. You will see what I mean..
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on 20 July 2016
All three albums are great this one is no exception sit back listen & enjoy the sounds of the 1920's & 30's, A must if your a music lover or love Boardwalk Empire
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on 14 February 2013
I ordered this on behalf of my father in law and he loved it! He found it complemented the series perfectly
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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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