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O Brother Where Art Thou? Mus Soundtrack, SACD

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 4 2003)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: SACD, Soundtrack
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • ASIN: B00007MB4I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 463 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #161,770 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Bluegrass became pop music for a while when the soundtrack to this 2000 Coen Brothers film became one of the 10 top-selling soundtracks ever. Here's the complete T-Bone Burnett-produced soundtrack plus a CD with 14 more tracks, 12 of which are unissued recordings made during the original sessions for the film! Includes O Death Ralph Stanley; Down to the River to Pray Alison Krauss; Keep on the Sunny Side Whites; Big Rock Candy Mountain Van Dyke Parks; Angel Band Stanley Brothers; In the Jailhouse Now Soggy Bottom Boys; I Am Weary, Let Me Rest Cox Family; You Are My Sunshine Norman Blake; Hogfoot John Hartford, and more.

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Joel and Ethan Coen have long established themselves as film stylists without peer: from Blood Simple to Fargo, their movies have never been less than fascinating, and there has never been any question that their films could not have been made by anyone else. In T-Bone Burnett, the producer of the soundtrack for O Brother, Where Art Thou?, they have finally met their match: Burnett's work in assembling a collection of pieces for the Depression-set film is as skilled and entrancing as the film itself.

Despite the presence of Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Alison Krauss and bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley, the stars here are the songs themselves, a host of traditional songs augmented by archival recordings. The collection is also a showcase for a host of lesser known and forgotten bluegrass masters: The Cox Family, collaborators with Krauss; Norman Blake, a sideman for Bob Dylan and June Carter Cash; country gospel group The Whites, who once counted Ricky Skaggs as a member (and who, here, cover the Carter Family); and young bluesman Chris Thomas King among them. All bring life to their songs, and the results are sublime--and, at times (Krauss and a choir's take on "Down To The River to Pray", Blake's instrumental version of the oft-repeated "I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow"), downright entrancing.

Some of these songs can be found on Alan Lomax collections. If you enjoy this album, we also highly recommend the Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music and Woody Guthrie's Asch Recordings series. --Randy Silver --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.


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Format: LP Record Verified Purchase
Bought the vinyl version for a friend and he couldn't be happier with it. Played it once before giving it to them and it's probably the best sounding vinyl I've heard. No static or scratches and the packaging it comes in is very protective.
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Format: Audio CD
O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack is a music set that my husband first purchased (around the time that the movie was released)when he was still stationed in Iceland (during his time in the navy). There are multiple songs on the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack that are elevating (my personal favorite song on this cd is Track number 8 Keep On The Sunny Side while my husband’s favorite track from this soundtrack (even with my husband’s naturally optimistic disposition)is number five I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow. Overall, the O Brother Where Are Thou soundtrack is good for either people who are eclectic music lovers and/or those who liked the O Brother Where Art Thou movie.
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This is perhaps the best soundtrack ever made. It is a stunning mix of mostly acoustic tracks by most of the best bluegrass artists ever. There is work on here from Ralph Stanely, Allison Kraus, and Emmelou Harris, to name a few. This CD won a lot of Grammys the year that it came out, and that is because it was the best CD of that year.
Highlights include the Big Rock Candy Mountains, Man of Constant Sorrow, In the Jailhouse Now and O Death. If you have ever wondered what bluegrass sounded like but have been afraid to try, this is the CD for you. It will show you the magic that this genre of music can provide.
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This is the soundtrack to the Coen brothers' film based loosely on Homer's "The Odyssey". This soundtrack takes the movie from good to great. The tracks follow the progression of the movie. Nearly an hour of blue-grass music, even if you haven't seen the movie, this is worth having if you like "Old-Time" Country music and blue-grass.
The legend, Ralph Stanley, appears a couple of times here, although his "Man of Constant Sorrow" is here too, but covered by Dan Tyminski. Stanley's "O Death" is a haunting tune sung without accompaniment. His voice is sorrowful and full of pain, and will send shivers up your spine. Tyminski's cover is well done and becomes the centerpiece for the movie. The sultry voices of Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch provide a rising rendition of "Didn't Leave Nobody But the Baby." Alison Krauss also lends her voice to the spiritual "Down to the River to Pray," and joins up again with Gillian Welch for "I'll Fly Away". The surprise here is Tim Blake Nelson on lead vocals as the dimwitted Delmar on "In the Jailhouse Now."
Overall, this is a great soundtrack, and well worth owning if you like this type of music. I think the Coen brothers have done a lot with the release of this movie to turn the spotlight onto blue-grass music. This is great music that deserves more than the fifteen minutes of fame it's received.
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I've noticed that every review of this soundtrack saying the original recordings of this stuff are far better than anything you'll find on this CD have gotten loads of "unhelpful review" votes. I wonder if that means people prefer the merely average over the superb? I think they don't realize how heartbreaking it is to hear this album where some of the best music on Earth is played by musicians who are considered downright frauds by much of the industry.
I gave this 3 stars because of the variety and it is a good quality album overall. On the other hand, so many others do these songs in a much richer, more interesting way, that I can't help but recommend anyone to just get albums of the Stanley Brothers or Bill Monroe and ignore this altogether! Flatt & Scruggs, the Stonemans and the Osborne Brothers blow this album out of the running any day. Unfortunately, this is bluegrass dumbed-down to a great degree. No wonder so many used copies are up for sale! If you're not sure what to buy a good album instead is "Will the Circle be Unbroken" by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, where they have many old-time stars sitting in.
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Format: Audio CD
One of the problems I have always had with movie soundtracks, is that I get caught up in a movie and its music, I run out and get the CD, and invariably find that I have paid 15 bucks for one good song (Get Shorty), the songs that I wanted were not on the CD (Empire Records), or the songs from the movie were slightly different, or did not evoke the same emotional response they did when I was watching the film. I am almost positive, for example, that "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow" had a much faster tempo in the movie then in did on the CD, but without the inspired accompanied mugging of George Clooney and the other Soggy Bottom Boys, I can't be sure.

Though not in the same league as Fargo or Raising Arizona, the Coen brothers have once again woven a tale full of characters, each outrageous in his or her own right, and each teetering on the edge of caricature and believability. Their dense and rich dialogue serves as a wonderful counterpoint to the sparse and simple music that offered hope to those living with little else in the post-depression era.

Like Robert Duvall's "The Apostle", this soundtrack has exposed me to different kinds of traditional music that I otherwise would never have heard, and I am constantly amazed and delighted to learn that it exists.
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