Various Artists - O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack


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The critical consensus at the end of 2000 was that it had been one of the weakest film years in recent memory. Which may have been true, despite "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," the Coen brothers' delightfully warm and weird Depression-era re-telling of Homer's "Odyssey." But for music lovers, 2000 was an amazing year at the movies, and it produced several excellent soundtrack compilations including ?Almost Famous," "Dancer in the Dark," "Wonder Boys," and "High Fidelity." Even with such steep competition, the soundtrack album for "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" may be the best of the year. In order to capture the sound of Mississippi circa 1932, the Coens commissioned T-Bone Burnett, a masterful producer whose work with artists like Elvis Costello, Sam Phillips, Joseph Arthur, and Counting Crows has earned him a special place in the folk-rock hall of fame, to research and re-create the country, bluegrass, folk, gospel, and blues of the era. The Coens were so taken with Burnett's discoveries that the film became a unique sort of musical revue. There are no original compositions here (though Burnett is given a "music by" credit usually reserved for composers), and the characters do not generally break into stylized song and dance numbers (as they do in, say, "Everyone Says I Love You"). But nearly every scene in "O Brother" is set to a period song, and the music frequently drives and defines the action. With two exceptions -- a stunning 1955 Alan Lomax recording of a black prison chain gang singing "Po Lazarus", and Harry McClintock's "Big Rock Candy Mountain" -- every song was recorded for the film by an impressive assembly of old-time country veterans (Fairfield Four, Ralph Stanley, the Whites) and talented newcomers (Gillian Welch, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris). These recordings, which were made without the meddling clarity of digital technology, give the film much of its power and authenticity. A significant segment of the plot hinges on the (utterly plausible) notion that Dan Tyminksi's ebullient rendition of "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" could be a runaway hit. A memorable sequence involving three riverside sirens centers around an eerie version of "Didn't Leave Nobody But the Baby." And Stanley's a cappella performance of "O Death" sets a chilling tone for a climactic struggle at a Ku Klux Klan rally. Throughout, Burnett's steady guiding hand is evident. This soundtrack is a powerful tribute not only to the time-honored but commercially ignored genres of bluegrass and mountain music but also to Burnett's remarkable skills as a producer. ~ Evan Cater, All Music Guide


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Po' Lazarus - James Carter & The Prisoners, Big Rock Candy Mountain - Harry McClintock, You Are My Sunshine - Norman Blake, Down To The River To Pray - Alison Krauss, I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow - The Soggy Bottom Boys, Hard Time Killing Floor Blues - Chris Thomas King, I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow - Norman Blake, Keep On The Sunny Side - The Whites, I'll Fly Away - Alison Krauss & Gillian Welch, Didn't Leave Nobody But The Baby - Emmylou Harris/Alison Krauss/Gillian Welch, In The Highways - Sarah Hannah & Leah Peasall, I Am Weary (Let Me Rest) - The Cox Family, I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow - John Hartford, O Death - Ralph Stanley, In The Jailhouse Now - The Soggy Bottom Boys, I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow - The Soggy Bottom Boys, Indian War Whoop - John Hartford, Lonesome Valley - The Fairfield Four, Angel Band - The Stanley Brothers
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Various Artists - O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 21.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An awesome collection. As I watched the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" I simply loved the music. I listen to a great many genres. This was a wonderful collection of country, bluegrass and simple heart felt music. "I am a Man of Constant Sorrow" by the Soggy Bottom Boys made me interested in the soundtrack. "Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby" made me want to own this CD. It's a fabulous collection!
Date published: 2007-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is a great CD As strange as I am I like Bluegrass Music and this CD epitomises the best of Bluegrass
Date published: 2011-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast delivery CD came a week early, was exactly as ordered.
Date published: 2014-05-01
Date published: 2016-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Choice This music is a collaboration of country and blues music intertwined which highlights the sound of traditional bluegrass music. The movie was hilarious and well written. I enjoyed hearing Clooney sing in the movie. This movie and cd is a new classic for my family. This music makes you think about how life was during the portrayed time period.
Date published: 2016-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from O Brother Where Art Thou? Soundtrack One of the best modern day compilations of blue grass music. Some tracks are remakes but instead of feeling rehashed the album brings old favorites back to life. Great artists, great music. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2015-01-05
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