O Brother, Where Art Thou? (soundtrack)
|O Brother, Where Art Thou?|
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released||December 5, 2000|
|Recorded||Modern tracks in Spring 1999 at Sound Emporium in Nashville.|
|Producer||T Bone Burnett|
O Brother, Where Art Thou? is the soundtrack album of music from the 2000 American film of the same name, written, directed and produced by the Coen Brothers and starring George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, and John Goodman.
With the film set in Mississippi during the Great Depression, the soundtrack, produced by T Bone Burnett, uses bluegrass, country, gospel, blues, and folk music appropriate to the time period. With the exception of a few vintage tracks (such as Harry McClintock's 1928 single "Big Rock Candy Mountain"), most tracks are modern recordings.
The soundtrack was reissued on August 23, 2011, with 14 new tracks that were not included in the original album, "including 12 previously unreleased cuts from music producer T Bone Burnett's O Brother sessions."
Development and sound
The soundtrack was originally conceived as a major component of the film, not merely as a background or support. For this reason it was decided to record a soundtrack before filming. T Bone Burnett was invited to design collections of music. One member of The Stanley Brothers, Ralph Stanley, personally took part in recording the music for O Brother, Where Art Thou?, singing a cappella folk song O Death.
There is a notable use of dirges and other macabre songs, a theme often recurring in Appalachian music, such as in "O Death," "Lonesome Valley," "Angel Band," and "I Am Weary", in contrast to the bright, cheerful songs, like "Keep On the Sunnyside" and "In the Highways", in other parts of the film.
"I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" has five variations: two are used in the film, one in the music video, and two in the soundtrack. Two of the variations feature the verses being sung back-to-back, and the other three variations feature additional music between each verse. The voices of the Soggy Bottom Boys were provided by Dan Tyminski (lead vocal on "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow"), Nashville songwriter Harley Allen, and the Nashville Bluegrass Band's Pat Enright.
Reception and legacy
The soundtrack CD became a best seller, certified 8 times Platinum as of October 2007 with sales of 7.9 million copies in the United States as of January 2015. It won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2002, the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals (for singer Dan Tyminski, whose voice overdubbed George Clooney's in the film on "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow", Nashville songwriter Harley Allen, and the Nashville Bluegrass Band's Pat Enright), and the Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "O, Death" by Ralph Stanley.
In 2001, the album spent over 20 weeks on the Billboard Top Country Chart. It won the Album of the Year Award and Single of the Year Award for "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" won an award for single of the year at the Country Music Association Awards. It also won the Album of the Year Award at the Academy of Country Music Awards and took home 2 International Bluegrass Music Awards: Album of the Year and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year (for Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch on "I'll Fly Away").
In 2006, the album ranked #38 on CMT's 40 Greatest Albums in Country Music. In 2009, Rhapsody ranked it #8 on the "Country's Best Albums of the Decade" list. Engine 145 Country Music Blog ranked it #5 on the "Country's Best Albums of the Decade" list. In 2010, All Songs Considered, a program on NPR, included the soundtrack on their list of "The Decade's 50 Most Important Recordings."
On August 23, 2011, a 10th anniversary edition was released featuring a bonus disc with 14 new tracks that were not included in the original album, all but two of which were previously unreleased songs from Burnett's original sessions.
|1.||"Po' Lazarus"||traditional||James Carter and the Prisoners||4:31|
|2.||"Big Rock Candy Mountain"||Harry McClintock||Harry McClintock||2:16|
|3.||"You Are My Sunshine"||Jimmie Davis, Charles Mitchell||Norman Blake||4:26|
|4.||"Down to the River to Pray"||traditional||Alison Krauss||2:55|
|5.||"I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" (radio station version)||Dick Burnett||The Soggy Bottom Boys||3:10|
|6.||"Hard Time Killing Floor Blues"||Skip James||Chris Thomas King||2:42|
|7.||"I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" (instrumental)||Burnett||Norman Blake||4:28|
|8.||"Keep On the Sunny Side"||Ada Blenkhorn, J. Howard Entwisle||The Whites||3:33|
|9.||"I'll Fly Away"||Albert E. Brumley||Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch||3:57|
|10.||"Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby"||traditional||Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch||1:57|
|11.||"In the Highways"||Maybelle Carter||The Peasall Sisters||1:35|
|12.||"I Am Weary (Let Me Rest)"||Pete Roberts (Pete Kuykendall)||The Cox Family||3:13|
|13.||"I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" (instrumental)||Ed Haley||John Hartford||2:34|
|14.||"O Death"||Lloyd Chandler||Ralph Stanley||3:19|
|15.||"In the Jailhouse Now"||Blind Blake, Jimmie Rodgers||The Soggy Bottom Boys||3:34|
|16.||"I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" (with band)||Burnett||The Soggy Bottom Boys||4:16|
|17.||"Indian War Whoop" (instrumental)||Hoyt Ming||John Hartford||1:30|
|18.||"Lonesome Valley"||traditional||The Fairfield Four||4:07|
|19.||"Angel Band"||traditional||The Stanley Brothers||2:15|
|10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition bonus disc|
|1.||"Hard Time Killing Floor Blues"||Colin Linden||1:15|
|2.||"You Are My Sunshine"||Alan O'Bryant||3:29|
|3.||"Tishomingo Blues"||John Hartford||2:01|
|4.||"I'll Fly Away"||Erik Darling and The Kossoy Sisters||2:32|
|5.||"Big Rock Candy Mountain"||Van Dyke Parks||1:42|
|6.||"Tom Devil"||Ed Lewis & The Prisoners||5:19|
|7.||"Keep On The Sunny Side"||The Cox Family||2:36|
|8.||"Angel Band"||Hannah, Leah, Sarah Peasall and Robert Hamlett||0:58|
|9.||"Big Rock Candy Mountain"||Norman Blake||2:18|
|10.||"Little Sadie"||Norman Blake||1:50|
|11.||"In the Highways"||The Cox Family||2:12|
|13.||"The Lord Will Make A Way"||The Fairfield Four||2:36|
|14.||"In The Jailhouse Now"||Harley Allen||3:05|
|Australian Albums (ARIA)||15|
|Canadian Albums Chart||3|
|French Albums (SNEP)||9|
|German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||87|
|New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)||14|
|U.S. Billboard 200||1|
|U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums||1|
|U.S. Billboard Top Soundtracks||1|
|2002||"Man of Constant Sorrow"||35|
|Canada (Music Canada)||4× Platinum||400,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Platinum||300,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||8× Platinum||8,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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