Published Aug 07, 2013HBO series Boardwalk Empire is set against the backdrop of Prohibition-era Atlantic City, and the organizers have recruited some notable artists for a soundtrack that aims to capture the retro feel of the '20s and '30s. Boardwalk Empire Volume 2: Music from the HBO Original Series is out on September 3 through ABKCO.
The album features an array of period songs. Among the modern artists who sing them are Elvis Costello, St. Vincent, Patti Smith, Neko Case, the National's Matt Berninger, Rufus Wainwright, Loudon Wainwright III, Karen Elson and Pokey LaFarge. Big band revivalists Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks serve as the backing musicians on every song.
See the tracklist below, and scroll past that to hear Elvis Costello sing "It Had to Be You" [via the Wall Street Journal].
Volume 2 follows 2011's Volume 1, which won a 2012 Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.
Boardwalk Empire Volume 2: Music from the HBO Original Series:
1. David Johansen - "Strut Miss Lizzie"
2. Stephen DeRosa - "Old King Tut"
3. Elvis Costello - "It Had To Be You"
4. Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks - "Everybody Loves My Baby 5. Liza Minnelli - "You've Got to See Mama Ev'ry Night (Or You Can't See Mama at All)"
6. Leon Redbone - "Baby Won't You Please Come Home"
7. St. Vincent - "Make Believe"
8. Pokey LaFarge - "Lovesick Blues"
9. Neko Case - "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"
10. Karen Elson - "Who's Sorry Now"
11. Stephan DeRosa - "You'd Be Surprised"
12. Margot Bingham - "I'm Going South"
13. Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks - "Sugarfoot Stomp"
14. Rufus Wainwright - "Jimbo Jambo"
15. Kathy Brier - "There'll Be Some Changes Made"
16. Margot Bingham - "Somebody Loves Me"
17. Chaim Tannenbaum - "All Alone"
18. Loudon Wainwright III - "The Prisoner's Song"
19. Patti Smith - "I Ain't Got Nobody"
20. Matt Berninger - "I'll See You in My Dreams"