Music in Boardwalk Empire: From Sophie Tucker to Enrico Caruso
Posted Sep 19, 2010 @ 9:40 PM
Posted Sep 20, 2010 @ 11:52 AM
Thanks in advance!
Posted Sep 20, 2010 @ 12:12 PM
Yep, I'm an aficionado of early 20th century pop music.
Posted Sep 20, 2010 @ 1:49 PM
Judging from BE's 1st ep, this series should generate some terrific soundtrack CDs.
Posted Sep 20, 2010 @ 9:07 PM
Posted Sep 21, 2010 @ 4:49 AM
HBO- plz catch up on your site re: all the great early recordings that BE is using. And any viewers who might think they don't "get" this era, take a listen to their pop music, the stuff everyone was listening to back then. Recorded music was new, exciting, & ubiquitous in places like Atlantic City- a key element in understanding those times, as ours is today.
(edited for clarity)
Edited by Boisvert 8, Sep 21, 2010 @ 11:19 AM.
Posted Sep 21, 2010 @ 2:15 PM
Posted Sep 21, 2010 @ 2:56 PM
Who sang the song: "I lost my love in Avalon?" That may have been a lyric and not the actual title of the song.
Al Jolson. Big hit 1920/21. Song name : 'Avalon'.
Edited by clack, Sep 21, 2010 @ 2:56 PM.
Posted Sep 21, 2010 @ 3:47 PM
Posted Sep 21, 2010 @ 6:02 PM
There isn’t any music for the series up in iTunes, either (as a package, I mean). They did that with Treme, so I was hoping they do it for this show.
Edited by TWoP Howard, Sep 21, 2010 @ 6:06 PM.
Posted Sep 21, 2010 @ 7:02 PM
Posted Sep 21, 2010 @ 7:47 PM
Thanks, clack, for the info on the Caruso/Colosimo friendship- that explains the autographed photo on his restaurant wall. Further thanks for the correct spelling on Big Jim's name. Off to look up a bit of background on him...
Posted Sep 27, 2010 @ 8:53 AM
Posted Sep 29, 2010 @ 12:30 PM
*edited because a friend emailed me a couple corrections, including that Rothstein's Victor record player was a considerable step up (sound-wise & cash-wise) from the Vic gramophone I originally thought it was. Using Mathematician's calculations over on the ep 2 thread, Rothstein's phonograph (with record cabinet) would cost approx. $2000 today.
*Looking forward to 2nd viewing of this ep. Thx for the emails & info, Craig V.
Edited by Boisvert 8, Sep 29, 2010 @ 9:12 PM.
Posted Sep 29, 2010 @ 9:06 PM
Who is responsible for the opening credit music? It doesn't fit, granted, but I sort of like it. Just curious if anyone knew. Searching the interwebs seems to not be working for me.
I like the opening theme music, but it doesn't seem to fit the series at all. Unless they're going for a timeless ocean thang.
Posted Oct 1, 2010 @ 3:53 AM
Posted Oct 3, 2010 @ 8:34 PM
When I watched the first two episodes of this show yesterday and saw Eddie Cantor, I knew exactly where the writers got their material for him. Watch this, made in 1923 as a test in New York City on West 14th Street. It was the then-new sound-on-film process Hollywood uses today.
Posted Oct 4, 2010 @ 1:40 AM
On the music front, judging from Ep 1 & now Ep 3 of Boardwalk, Arnold Rothstein's marathon gambling binges have their own theme- Paul Whiteman's big 1920 hit, The Japanese Sandman.
Edited by Boisvert 8, Oct 4, 2010 @ 1:45 AM.
Posted Oct 4, 2010 @ 3:55 AM
Posted Oct 5, 2010 @ 12:12 PM
Posted Oct 6, 2010 @ 9:13 AM
Very hard to hear it, agreed, but I believe it's this:
CRUCIFIX by Faure. Duet: Enrico CARUSO & Marcel JOURNET. Recorded in 1908
Posted Oct 10, 2010 @ 11:30 PM
The lovely, virtuous, & humble Mrs. Schroeder is imo turning rapidly into quite a woman of contrasts: hard working Irish lass with nerve enough to stand up to ignorant, condescending politicians, doting young mother who also impulsively steals teddy lingerie.
I'm on the fence if Margaret's theme music in Ep 4 is meant to reveal her character or conceal it. Either way, it's no wonder Nucky's fascinated by her.
Posted Oct 17, 2010 @ 9:12 PM
Posted Oct 18, 2010 @ 12:00 AM
Liked that the music seems to waft into the bedroom from the bar downstairs. A dirge being played on the joy house piano for sad, disfigured Pearl.
ETA- another Scott Joplin piece played under the 1st Jimmy/Pearl orange juice squeezing scene. Finally placed it- the lovely Magnetic Rag.
Edited by Boisvert 8, Oct 18, 2010 @ 12:04 PM.
Posted Oct 24, 2010 @ 9:15 PM
Posted Oct 25, 2010 @ 7:51 AM
ETA- another evocative tune by one of ragtime's Big Three (Joplin, Scott, Lamb) playing under scene where Jimmy finds Pearl's love note- can't quite place it, though sounds familiar.* Maybe it's even early Ferdinand Morton. Some help on that one, anybody?
*Got the 1st one- it's Joplin's A Real Slow Drag, which was also heard in the R. Crumb documentary. Had to resort to the HBO site for name of 2nd piece: Joe Jordan's Whippoorwhill Dance.
Edited by Boisvert 8, Oct 26, 2010 @ 1:39 AM.
Posted Oct 31, 2010 @ 9:16 PM
Posted Oct 31, 2010 @ 10:18 PM
Thanks for the info on this song. This may sound ridiculous (or rehashed), but from the beginning of the series all I can hear in my head is Donovan's Season of the Witch. Is it borrowing from it, are they just similar, do I have a weird ear?
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - "Straight Up And Down"
Posted Nov 1, 2010 @ 4:12 AM
Edited by mswyrr, Nov 1, 2010 @ 4:14 AM.