Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Music for Mad Men

I'm not a big TV watcher, but even I know who the Sopranos were. The Sopranos might be gone, but Matthew Weiner, Emmy Award-winning executive producer and writer for the show, returned last year with a new series called Mad Men. I haven't personally seen it, but from what I've heard about it, it takes place in NYC in the 60's and focuses on a group of Madison Avenue ad executives and their high society adventures. The show won two Golden Globe awards in 2007 for Best Television Series-Drama, and Best Actor in a Television Series-Drama. Anyway, I'm not here to get you to watch the show (although it sounds fairly entertaining), I'm here to talk about the soundtrack which comes out on the 24th.

Being set in the 60's, the soundtrack pulls together some original classic cuts from the 50's and 60's (some by more well known artists - Bobby Vinton, Gordon Jenkins, Ella Fitzgerald, and some that the cobwebs of time have obscured - Vic Damone, Robert Maxwell, The McGuire Sisters) as well as some new instrumentals (very convincingly written to sound period) composed by David Carbonara and the show's theme song A Beautiful Mine by Aceyalone & RJD2. If you enjoy classic tunes that your grandparents probably sang along with, this soundtrack is the mother lode.

Order episodes of the show from or get the entire season.

Visit the show's official site and the soundtrack's label Manhattan Records.

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