Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, Liza Minnelli and Rufus Wainwright are among the big names who’ve recorded cover songs for “Boardwalk Empire Volume 2.” The album arrives next month ahead of season four of HBO’s hit series.
New York Dolls’ David Johansen, St. Vincent, Neko Case and The National's Matt Berninger are also confirmed contributors for the set, which covers “timeless standards and forgotten gems” from the Prohibition Era 1920s and is due Sept. 3 on ABKCO Records, according to a statement.
The first release from the album is Costello’s rendition of "It Had To Be You," which can be heard below.
Producer Stewart Lerman and Boardwalk Empire music supervisor Randall Poster are again at the helm of the project, having won a Grammy for the first volume. The set will “bring together a swinging, sauntering collection of big-band classics, New Orleans rags, sultry ballads and torch songs,” a statement adds.
"Terry Winters, Martin Scorsese and the entire Boardwalk Empire team inspire the sound of the episodes as we move from the streets and alleys of Atlantic City to the smoky rooms of Al Capone's Chicago and on down into the tropics of Florida,” notes Poster in the statement. This compilation, he says, “celebrates the mastery of all the artists involved."
Instrumentation is recorded by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks -- the NYC jazz ensemble and "Boardwalk Empire" house band – and the set carries performances by cast members Stephen DeRosa (as “song-and-dance man” Eddie Cantor) and Margot Bingham (as a new character to be introduced this fall) performing tracks that will be debuted throughout the new season.
The first volume of “Boardwalk Empire” collected the Grammy in 2012 in the category for “best compilation soundtrack for visual media.” Season 4 of the hit HBO series premieres on Sept. 8.
“Boardwalk Empire Volume 2” track list
1. David Johansen - Strut Miss Lizzie
2. Stephen DeRosa - Old King Tut
3. Elvis Costello - It Had To Be You
4. Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks - Everybody Loves My Baby
5. Liza Minnelli - You've Got To See Mama Ev'ry Night (Or You Can't See Mama At All)
6. Leon Redbone - Baby Won't You Please Come Home
7. St. Vincent - Make Believe
8. Pokey LaFarge - Lovesick Blues
9. Neko Case - Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
10. Karen Elson - Who's Sorry Now
11. Stephan DeRosa - You'd Be Surprised
12. Margot Bingham - I'm Going South
13. Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks - Sugarfoot Stomp
14. Rufus Wainwright - Jimbo Jambo
15. Kathy Brier - There'll Be Some Changes Made
16. Margot Bingham - Somebody Loves Me
17. Chaim Tannenbaum - All Alone
18. Loudon Wainwright III - The Prisoner's Song
19. Patti Smith - I Ain't Got Nobody
20. Matt Berninger - I'll See You In My Dreams