ABKCO Records is streaming the full Empire Volume 2: Music From The HBO® Original Series soundtrack, one week ahead of its Sept. 3 release, through Billboard.
The soundtrack features new renderings of 1920s pop standards performed by modern musical acts, such as St. Vincent, Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, Rufus Wainwright, The National's Matt Berninger, Neko Case and 14 other big names.
"What's exciting about working on the music in 'Boardwalk Empire' is that it affords us the ability to be at the forefront of the musical evolution of the moment," Randall Poster, the show's musical supervisor, told Billboard. "And so we're playing really often the most innovative music of the time period that they were created."
The 20-track effort sets the backdrop for the series, which co-stars Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald and Michael Shannon. The fourth season of the show will start Sept. 8 on HBO.
"It's been a great learning experience for us to sort of see how much of the great American songbook was really born out of the 1920s," he said.
Boardwalk Empire Volume 2: Music From The HBO® Original Series Tracklist:
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"
Do you think these renditions live up to their originals?