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1 “This America, man.” 0:24
2 Way Down in the Hole – The Blind Boys of Alabama (Tom Waits) 2:54
3 “Why would anyone ever wanna leave Baltimore?” 0:21
4 Oh My God – Michael Franti & Spearhead (Michael Franti & Ramon Lazo) 5:05
5 Dance My Pain Away – Rod Lee (listen to full-length track) 2:07
6 My Life Extra – DJ Technics (Glenn Brand a.k.a. DJ Technics) 1:17
7 “The king stay the king.” 0:48
8 Way Down in the Hole – The Neville Brothers (Tom Waits) 1:36
9 “We used to make shit in this country.” 0:15
10 Sixteen Tons – The Nighthawks (Merle Travis) 3:36
11 Assume the Position – Lafayette Gilchrist (Lafayette Gilchrist) 2:42
12 “What the fuck did I do?” 0:12
13 Step by Step – Jesse Winchester (Jesse Winchester) 2:56
14 I Walk on Gilded Splinters – Paul Weller (Dr. John Creau) 4:58
15 Fast Train – Solomon Burke (Van Morrison) 5:37
16 The Body of an American – The Pogues (Shane MacGowan) 4:45
17 “All the pieces matter.” 0:08
18 Efuge Efuge – Stelios Kazantzidis (Vassilis Vassiliadis, Pythagoras) 3:32
19 “Omar comin’!” 0:40
20 Way Down in the Hole – Domaje (Tom Waits) 1:43
22 Projects – Tyree Colion (Tyree Moorehead, Juan Donovan Bell, & Jamal Roberts) 3:26
21 “If it’s a lie, then we fight on that lie” 0:22
23 “Later for that gangsta bullshit.” 0:38
24 Ayo – Bossman (Loren Hill, Travis Holifield, & Richard Shelton) (3:20
26 “Wars end.” 0:20
27 Unfriendly Game – Masta Ace Feat. Stricklin (Duvall Clear, Scott Stricklin, & Luis Tineo) 3:52
25 Analyze – Sharpshooters 2:44
28 What You Know About Baltimore – Ogun Feat. Phathead (Kevin Donnell Beasley, Juan Donovan Bell, & Jamal Roberts) 3:16
29 Jail Flick – Diablo (Damion Lamont Champ, Juan Donovan Bell, & Jamal Roberts) 3:38
30 The Life, The Hood, The Streetz – Mullyman (Kevin Muldrow) 3:47
31 “An act of daily journalism.” 0:07
32 I Feel Alright – Steve Earle 2:58
33 Way Down in the Hole – Tom Waits (listen to full-length track) (Tom Waits) 1:45
34 “You remember that one day summer past?” 0:41
35 The Fall – Blake Leyh (listen to full-length track) (Blake Leyh) 1:24

" … and all the pieces matter": Five Years of Music from "The Wire"

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    "No other program has ever done anything remotely like what this one does, namely to portray the social, political, and economic life of an American city with the scope, observational precision, and moral vision of great literature.” —Slate

    Nonesuch released the first soundtrack from the critically acclaimed, Peabody Award–winning HBO series The Wire on January 8, 2008—two days after the series kicks off its fifth season on the pay television network. Although music plays a significant role in the David–Simon created drama, it has never before been collected and released as an album.

    The album, “…and all the pieces matter.”— Five Years of Music from The Wire, includes several versions of the show’s opening theme song—Tom Waits’s “Way Down in the Hole”—as performed by The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Neville Brothers, and DoMaJe, a group of Baltimore teenagers.

    It also features numerous tracks from the Baltimore club and hip-hop scene that have never before appeared on a major label release, including Rod Lee’s “Dance My Pain Away,” Tyree Colion’s “Projects,” Diablo’s “Jail Flick,” Mullyman’s “The Life, The Hood, The Streetz,” and “What You Know About Baltimore?” by Ogun featuring Phathead.

    Other songs include “Oh My God” by Michael Franti, “I Walk on Gilded Splinters” by Paul Weller, “The Body of an American” by The Pogues, “I Feel Alright” by Steve Earle (who also has an acting role on the series), Solomon Burke’s “Fast Train,” and the show’s closing theme, “The Fall,” composed by The Wire music supervisor Blake Leyh.

    Some of the most memorable dialog from the program’s five years is included on the record. The CD booklet features essays by author and series writer George Pelecanos and noted hip-hop journalist Jeff Chang, as well as an interview between Simon and journalist/novelist Nick Hornby that was originally published in The Believer.

    A separate album, Beyond Hamsterdam: Baltimore Tracks from The Wire, comprising only the “…and all the pieces matter.” tracks by Baltimore musicians, plus two extra songs, will be released simultaneously. Complete track lists for both albums follow.

    Over the course of five seasons, The Wire developed a portrait of Baltimore through the themes of education, the war on drugs, the decline of the working class, the role of political leadership in addressing urban problems, and the mass media’s impact on the city.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    The Blind Boys of Alabama (2), Michael Franti & Spearhead (4), Rod Lee (5), DJ Technics (6), The Neville Brothers (8), The Nighthawks (10), Lafayette Gilchrist (11), Jesse Winchester (13), Paul Weller (14), Solomon Burke (15), The Pogues (16), Stelios Kazantzidis (18), DoMaJe (20), Tyree Colion (22), Bossman (24), Sharpshooters (25), Masta Ace feat. Stricklin (27), Ogun feat. Phathead (28), Diablo (29), Mullyman (30), Steve Earle (32), Tom Waits (33), Blake Leyh (35)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Michael Franti (4); Rod Lee (5); Glenn Brand a.k.a. DJ Technics (6); Milton Davis, The Neville Brothers, Ivan Neville (8); Joe Henry (15); Doreen Vail, Maurette Brown-Clark, J.B. Wilkins, Nina Noble (20); Juan Donovan & Jamal Roberts for Darkroom Productions Inc. (22, 29); Richard Shelton & Loren Hill for One Up Entertainment (24); Mr. Supreme (25); Luis “Sabor” Tineo for Songs of David (27); Juan Donovan & Jamal Roberts for Darkroom Productions Inc. (28); James Mbah (30); Ray Kennedy and Richard Bennet (32); Blake Leyh (35)

    Track 8 recorded and mixed by James Bevelle at Neville Neville Land Studios, New Orleans, LA, courtesy of Neville Nation Records
    Track 20 arranged by Doreen Vail, Maurette Brown-Clark & J.B. Wilkins; engineered by Mike Potter; mixed by Andy Kris & Blake Leyh; vocals by Ivan Ashford, Markel Steele, Cameron Brown, Tariq Al-Sabir, & Avery Bargasse; additional musicians: Ronald Lindsey & Thomas Crosson

    This compilation mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York City
    Executive Producer: David Simon
    Producers: Karen L. Thorson and Blake Leyh
    Executive Producer for Nonesuch Records: David Bither

    Design: Sequel Studio, New York

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on May 29, 2008 - 7:14pm
Release Date: 
Tuesday, January 8, 2008 (All day)
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369796

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1disc
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Artist Name: 
The Wire
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UPC: 
075597995381BUN
Price: 
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UPC: 
075597995374
Price: 
17.00
Label: 
MP3
Description: 

"No other program has ever done anything remotely like what this one does, namely to portray the social, political, and economic life of an American city with the scope, observational precision, and moral vision of great literature.” —Slate

Nonesuch released the first soundtrack from the critically acclaimed, Peabody Award–winning HBO series The Wire on January 8, 2008—two days after the series kicks off its fifth season on the pay television network. Although music plays a significant role in the David–Simon created drama, it has never before been collected and released as an album.

The album, “…and all the pieces matter.”— Five Years of Music from The Wire, includes several versions of the show’s opening theme song—Tom Waits’s “Way Down in the Hole”—as performed by The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Neville Brothers, and DoMaJe, a group of Baltimore teenagers.

It also features numerous tracks from the Baltimore club and hip-hop scene that have never before appeared on a major label release, including Rod Lee’s “Dance My Pain Away,” Tyree Colion’s “Projects,” Diablo’s “Jail Flick,” Mullyman’s “The Life, The Hood, The Streetz,” and “What You Know About Baltimore?” by Ogun featuring Phathead.

Other songs include “Oh My God” by Michael Franti, “I Walk on Gilded Splinters” by Paul Weller, “The Body of an American” by The Pogues, “I Feel Alright” by Steve Earle (who also has an acting role on the series), Solomon Burke’s “Fast Train,” and the show’s closing theme, “The Fall,” composed by The Wire music supervisor Blake Leyh.

Some of the most memorable dialog from the program’s five years is included on the record. The CD booklet features essays by author and series writer George Pelecanos and noted hip-hop journalist Jeff Chang, as well as an interview between Simon and journalist/novelist Nick Hornby that was originally published in The Believer.

A separate album, Beyond Hamsterdam: Baltimore Tracks from The Wire, comprising only the “…and all the pieces matter.” tracks by Baltimore musicians, plus two extra songs, will be released simultaneously. Complete track lists for both albums follow.

Over the course of five seasons, The Wire developed a portrait of Baltimore through the themes of education, the war on drugs, the decline of the working class, the role of political leadership in addressing urban problems, and the mass media’s impact on the city.

DescriptionExcerpt: 

"Television’s greatest series deserves a great soundtrack album," declares the San Francisco Chronicle, "and that’s what it gets." This compilation mixes dialogue snippets, Baltimore hip-hop, and end-of-season montage tracks from five years of The Wire, as well as four versions of the opening-credit song, Tom Waits’s "Way Down in the Hole."

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
The Blind Boys of Alabama (2), Michael Franti & Spearhead (4), Rod Lee (5), DJ Technics (6), The Neville Brothers (8), The Nighthawks (10), Lafayette Gilchrist (11), Jesse Winchester (13), Paul Weller (14), Solomon Burke (15), The Pogues (16), Stelios Kazantzidis (18), DoMaJe (20), Tyree Colion (22), Bossman (24), Sharpshooters (25), Masta Ace feat. Stricklin (27), Ogun feat. Phathead (28), Diablo (29), Mullyman (30), Steve Earle (32), Tom Waits (33), Blake Leyh (35)

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Michael Franti (4); Rod Lee (5); Glenn Brand a.k.a. DJ Technics (6); Milton Davis, The Neville Brothers, Ivan Neville (8); Joe Henry (15); Doreen Vail, Maurette Brown-Clark, J.B. Wilkins, Nina Noble (20); Juan Donovan & Jamal Roberts for Darkroom Productions Inc. (22, 29); Richard Shelton & Loren Hill for One Up Entertainment (24); Mr. Supreme (25); Luis “Sabor” Tineo for Songs of David (27); Juan Donovan & Jamal Roberts for Darkroom Productions Inc. (28); James Mbah (30); Ray Kennedy and Richard Bennet (32); Blake Leyh (35)

Track 8 recorded and mixed by James Bevelle at Neville Neville Land Studios, New Orleans, LA, courtesy of Neville Nation Records
Track 20 arranged by Doreen Vail, Maurette Brown-Clark & J.B. Wilkins; engineered by Mike Potter; mixed by Andy Kris & Blake Leyh; vocals by Ivan Ashford, Markel Steele, Cameron Brown, Tariq Al-Sabir, & Avery Bargasse; additional musicians: Ronald Lindsey & Thomas Crosson

This compilation mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York City
Executive Producer: David Simon
Producers: Karen L. Thorson and Blake Leyh
Executive Producer for Nonesuch Records: David Bither

Design: Sequel Studio, New York