the simpsons war
Since than I've learned soundtracks (and scores) can be hit or miss, but I still pick up various movie, TV and "compilation" soundtracks - usually culling out a few "atmospheric" tracks for inclusion on the iPod.
Last week I got two new soundtracks - the Simpson's 'Testify' and Ken Burn's 'the War'. And these two hail from opposite ends of the musical stratosphere.
'Testify' brings tracks from seasons 10 through 18 together and features the various guest stars from the episodes that produced the songs - Jackson Browne, David Byrne, the B-52s, Los Lobos, Kelsey Grammer, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Ricky Gervais, etc.
Ricky's track 'Lady' (instant classic) was my personal highlight. Check it out below.
I also got the War - the soundtrack for the 7 part PBS mini-series that brings together the stories of World War 2 survivors from four towns from across America. Powerful stuff. DVR it if you can - or pick up the DVDs.
The soundtrack contains a wild range of tunes - vintage era jazz (Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Nat ‘King’ Cole), singers (Kay Starr, Bing Crosby), orchestral works and a lovely little tribute song 'American Anthem' from Norah Jones.
Simpsons MP3 MP3s:
The Simpsons Main Title Theme
Everybody Hates Ned Flanders (David Byrne)
Lady (Ricky Gervais)
The War MP3 MP3s:
American Anthem Norah Jones
How Long Blues Count Basie