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SONY MUSIC RELEASES SOUNDTRACK OF “LAWLESS” ON AUGUST 28TH

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Sony Music is proud to announce the release of the original motion picture soundtrack of “Lawless, “the true story of the Bondurant Brothers in Prohibition-era Virginia.

 

Based on Matt Bondurant’s book, The Wettest County In The World, the film tells the story of his grandfather and two brothers, whose bootlegging operation brings them into a terrifying collision with the law and rival gangsters.
Australian born director John Hillcoat first teamed up with long time associate Nick Cave as a scriptwriter on The Proposition (2005). Together with Warren Ellis, Cave also composed and performed the score for this poetically violent Western set in the Australian outback. Cave and Ellis also joined forces with Hillcoat to score his next picture The Road (2009).
For Lawless, which was entered for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Hillcoat has assembled a star cast — Tom Hardy (Star Trek: Nemesis, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) and Shia LaBeouf (Transformers) play two of the brothers with Guy Pearce as the demented cop who hunts them down.
Along with producer Hal Willner, Cave and Ellis have created an outstanding soundtrack presenting historical recordings of some of the greatest living American voices. The score has a period feel of country and bluegrass, anchoring the film firmly in its setting: rural Virginia in 1931. This is complimented by some extraordinary covers of non period songs, backed by The Bootleggers, a band formed for the recording by Cave and Ellis for the sessions.
The soundtrack includes two versions of Velvet Underground’s “White Light / White Heat”, one a rollicking gut-bucket rendition by Mark Lanegan, the other performed by bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley in his distinctive vocal style. Stanley’s appearance is all the more striking since he rarely performs music from the ‘Popular ‘ genre. Mr Stanley manages to take the three songs he tackles back to their roots, an amazing thing to behold. Emmylou Harris, one of the all-time greats of country music, joins The Bootleggers for “So You’ll Aim Toward the Sky”, originally by Grandaddy, as well as for Townes Van Zandt’s “The Snake Song”. Nick Cave provides a wonderful reading of John Lee Hookers Burnin’ Hell while Mark Lanegan also contributes Link Wray’s “Fire and Brimstone”, and Captain Beefheart’s “Sure ’Nuff Yes I do”. To complement these inspired cover-song choices, Cave and Ellis wrote two new songs, “Cosmonaut’ and also “Fire in the Blood”, which comes in three wonderfully contrasting versions: Emmylou Harris sings it beautifully, then Ralph Stanley gives an intense rendering in his haunting and fragile voice, finally Harris repeats it with a greater yearning. The album closes with the plaintive & shimmering strings of Cave and Ellis’ instrumental track “End Crawl. The album also features extra track “Midnight Run” — a song about clandestine transport of moonshine whisky with a driving beat, whining harmonica and sung by the great Willie Nelson — after all, he was born in the year when the Prohibition ended.

No-one who enjoys the powerful movie will fail to appreciate the quality of the music — but it is not necessary to see the film in order to love this soundtrack, released by Sony Music on August 28th to accompany the appearance of Lawless in cinemas worldwide.

Tracklist
01 Fire and Brimstone 4:29
Written by Fred Lincoln Wray Jr. Performed by The Bootleggers · Featuring Mark Lanegan Backing vocals by Larry ‘Ratso’ Sloman’ Mark Lanegan appears courtesy of 4AD Ltd Published by Link Wray Music, administered by Royalty Recovery, Inc (BMI)

02 Burnin’ Hell 1:57
Written by Bernard Besman and John Lee Hooker Performed by The Bootleggers · Featuring Nick Cave Published by Universal Music-Careers (BMI) and Sony ATV/Songs, LLC (BMI)

03 Sure ‘Nuff ‘N Yes I Do 1:27
Written by Herb Bermann and Don Van Vliet Performed by Ralph Stanley Published by Kama Sutra Music, Inc (BMI)

04 Fire in the Blood 1:10
Written by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis Performed by The Bootleggers · Featuring Emmylou Harris Emmylou Harris appears courtesy of Nonesuch Records Published by Mute Song Ltd (PRS)

05 White Light / White Heat 4:24
Written by Lou Reed Performed by The Bootleggers · Featuring Mark Lanegan Mark Langean appears courtesy of 4AD Ltd Published by Oakfield Avenue Music Ltd, administered by Spirit One Music (BMI)

06 Cosmonaut 3:43
Written by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis Performed by The Bootleggers · Featuring Emmylou Harris Emmylou Harris appears courtesy of Nonesuch Records Published by Mute Song Ltd (PRS)

07 Fire in the Blood* / Snake Song** 4:27
Written by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis* Performed by The Bootleggers · Featuring Ralph Stanley Published by Mute Song Ltd (PRS) Written by Townes Van Zandt** Performed by The Bootleggers · Featuring Emmylou Harris Emmylou Harris appears courtesy of Nonesuch Records Published by Katie Belle Music (ASCAP); Will Van Zandt Publishing (ASCAP), administered by Bug Music Inc, EMI U Catalog Inc (ASCAP) and Wixen Music Publishing Inc as agent for JTVZ Music (ASCAP)

08 So You’ll Aim Toward the Sky 5:59
Written by Jason Lytle Performed by The Bootleggers · Featuring Emmylou Harris Emmylou Harris appears courtesy of Nonesuch Records Published by Blue Mountain Ltd / V2 Music (ASCAP)

09 Fire in the Blood 1:07
Written by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis Performed by The Bootleggers · Featuring Emmylou Harris Emmylou Harris appears courtesy of Nonesuch Records Published by Mute Song Ltd (PRS)

10 Fire and Brimstone 2:14
Written by Fred Lincoln Wray Jr Performed by Ralph Stanley Published by Link Wray Music, administered by Royalty Recovery, Inc (BMI)

11 Sure ‘Nuff ‘N Yes I Do 2:35
Written by Herb Bermann and Don Van Vliet Performed by The Bootleggers · Featuring Mark Lanegan Mark Langean appears courtesy of 4AD Ltd Published by Kama Sutra Music, Inc (BMI)

12 White Light / White Heat 1:39
Written by Lou Reed Performed by Ralph Stanley Published by Oakfield Avenue Music Ltd, administered by Spirit One Music (BMI)

13 End Crawl 3:59
Written by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis Performed by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis Published by The Weinstein Company (ASCAP) – North America Published by Mute Song Ltd (PRS) and Annapurna Apple (ASCAP) – International

14 Midnight Run 2:36
Words and music by Marc Copely, James Bernard Dolan and Adam Stuart Levy Performed by Willie Nelson Co-produced by Buddy Cannon and Warren Ellis Mixed by Ron Webb Warren Ellis: violin, drums, bass, mandolin Willie Nelson Band: Pedal Steel and Harmonica Players Published by Universal Music Corp o.b.o. itself and Lost Wax Music (BMI); JD and the Straight ShotMusic; LLC (BMI); Mcopely Music (ASCAP) Licensed courtesy of The Weinstein Company, LLC

 

 

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