A Pirate's Life
Bono, Sting, Lou Reed and Nick Cave are just a handful of the artists who have lent their voices to "Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys," due this week via Anti-.Bono, Sting, Lou Reed and Nick Cave are just a handful of the artists who have lent their voices to "Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys," due this week via Anti-. The double-disc, 43-song set was produced by Hal Willner, working from an idea hatched by director Gore Verbinski and actor Johnny Depp in the midst of shooting "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."
"I slowly became fascinated by the idea of a contemporary reinterpretation of the sea chantey," Verbinski says. "I imagined the artists that I listen to and respect doing their take on this age-old music: the song of the sea."
Willner wrangled the talent for the project, which also features contributions from Richard Thompson, Bryan Ferry, Lucinda Williams, Rufus Wainwright, Joseph Arthur, Bill Frisell, Jarvis Cocker and actor John C. Reilly. Sessions took place in London, Dublin, New York, Los Angeles and Seattle.
"One day we did eight songs with eight different artists in one day," Willner enthuses. "Two of those artists didn't know they were going to be in the studio that day. I just loved working this way because you wouldn't do that with an artist normally."