HBO television drama has received considerable critical attention for its effective use of an eclectic array of music. The Sopranos [1 ] [2 ] [3 ] Series creator [4 ] David Chase personally selected all of the show's music with the producer Martin Bruestle and music editor Kathryn Dayak, sometimes also consulting Steven Van Zandt, who, in addition to portraying Silvio Dante on the show, also serves as guitarist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. The music is often selected once the production and editing of an episode is completed, but on occasion sequences will be filmed to match preselected pieces of music. [1 ] [5 ]
Stylistically, the music on the show range from mainstream
pop ( Britney Spears, The Bangles) to oldies and classic rock artists ( The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd), from classic jazz and soul ( Ella Fitzgerald, Ben E. King) to hip-hop ( Xzibit, Time Zone), often within a single episode. [6 ] Opening credits [edit ]
opening credits for each episode consists of Tony Soprano ( James Gandolfini) driving from New York City to his home in North Caldwell, New Jersey. The musical accompaniment for this segment is the "Chosen One Remix" of the song " Woke Up This Morning" by the British group Alabama 3 (known in the United States as A3 for legal reasons). End credits [edit ]
closing credits sequence features a unique piece of previously recorded music, with few exceptions. The episode " A Hit Is a Hit" uses a song by the fictional band Defiler, which was featured earlier in the episode. Three episodes feature multiple songs in the credits sequence (" Commendatori," " Whitecaps" and " Cold Stones"), while two episodes (" Full Leather Jacket" and " Made in America") have no music at all.
The following is a list of songs used at the end of each episode:
Alternative music in Europe [edit ]
In the version of the series which was aired in Europe, the music has been partially replaced for licensing reasons. European DVD editions (in case of Season One: only the 16:9 re-issue) contain these altered versions as foreign language dubs as well as the original unaltered English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 5.1.
Soundtrack compilations [edit ]
The Sopranos: Peppers & Eggs: Music from the HBO Original Series Review scores Source Rating Allmusic link
To date, there have been two official
soundtrack compilations released in association with The Sopranos. The first, titled The Sopranos: Music from the HBO Original Series, was released in 1999, and contains selections from the show's first two seasons. The second, titled [7 ] The Sopranos: Peppers & Eggs: Music from the HBO Original Series, was released in 2001, and contains two Compact Discs of songs from the show's first three seasons. [8 ] Track listings [edit ] The Sopranos: Music from the HBO Original Series [edit ] "Woke Up This Morning" (Chosen One Mix) — Alabama 3 "It's Bad You Know" — R. L. Burnside " It Was a Very Good Year" — Frank Sinatra " Gotta Serve Somebody" — Bob Dylan "Inside of Me" — Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul " I Feel Free" — Cream " Mystic Eyes" — Them "State Trooper" — Bruce Springsteen " I'm a Man" — Bo Diddley "Complicated Shadows" — Elvis Costello & the Attractions "The Beast in Me" — Nick Lowe "Viking" — Los Lobos "Blood Is Thicker than Water" — Wyclef Jean featuring G & B "I've Tried Everything" — Eurythmics The Sopranos - Peppers and Eggs: Music From The HBO Series [edit ] Disc one [edit ] "Every Breath You Take/Theme From Peter Gunn" (Mr. Ruggerio's Remix) - The Police; Henry Mancini and His Orchestra " Battle Flag" (Album Version) - Pigeonhed "I've Got A Feeling" (Album Version) - The Campbell Brothers with Katie Jackson "The Captain" (Album Version) - Kasey Chambers "Shuck Dub" (Album Version) - R.L. Burnside "Affection" (Album Version) - The Lost Boys "My Lover's Prayer" (Album Version) - Otis Redding "Certamente" (Album Version) Madreblu "Black Books" (Album Version) - Nils Lofgren "Frank Sinatra" (Album Version) - Cake " Baubles, Bangles and Beads" (Album Version) - Frank Sinatra "Thru And Thru" (Album Version) - The Rolling Stones Disc two [edit ] " High Fidelity" - Elvis Costello & The Attractions " Living on a Thin Line" - The Kinks "Girl" - Vue "Vivaldi: Sposa son disprezzata" - Cecilia Bartoli "I Who Have Nothing" - Ben E. King "Return to Me" - Bob Dylan " Make no Mistake" - Keith Richards "Piove" - Lorenzo Jovanotti "Space Invader" - The Pretenders "Tiny Tears" - Tindersticks "Gloria" - Van Morrison "Core 'ngrato" - Dominic Chianese "Dialogue From ' The Sopranos'" - The Sopranos Cast Other Music Used [edit ]
Not all of the artists featured on the show made it on to one of the compilation albums. The producers are known fans of the "underground music scene" and have featured many locally relevant artists on the show. Also some of the classical pieces on the show failed to make any of the soundtrack albums; pieces by
Beethoven, Luciano Pavarotti, Emma Shapplin, and even Al Di Meola were featured. Some of the lesser known artists featured include the disco artists The Hues Corporation and The Trampps & the southern rock group Gideon Smith & the Dixie Damned. References [edit ] Notes [edit ] ^ a b Sepinwall, Alan (March 3, 2006). "The hits keep on coming". The Star-Ledger . Retrieved 2007-02-20. ^ Gross, Joe (January 4, 2000). "Sharps & Flats". Salon.com . Retrieved 2007-02-20. ^ Ventre, Michael (April 2, 2006). "Music another member of the Sopranos’ crew". MSNBC . Retrieved 2007-02-20. ^ Browne, David (May 18, 2001). "The Sopranos; Peppers & Eggs". Entertainment Weekly . Retrieved 2007-02-21. ^ Biskind, Peter (March 13, 2007). "The Family that Preys Together". Vanity Fair . Retrieved 2007-03-21. ^ "HBO: The Sopranos: Episode Guide". HBO . Retrieved 2007-02-20. ^ "Amazon.com: The Sopranos: Music From The HBO Original Series" . Retrieved 2007-02-27. ^ "Amazon.com: The Sopranos - Peppers and Eggs: Music From The HBO Series" . Retrieved 2007-02-27.