True Blood: Music from the HBO Original Series

True Blood: Music from the HBO Original Series


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True Blood's sexy, swampy, and sometimes campy Louisiana atmosphere plays nearly as big a part in the show as Sookie Stackhouse and her vampire lover, Bill Compton. Fans of the HBO TV series know that music played a huge part in creating that atmosphere -- so much so that all of the episodes of its first season were named after songs that appeared in them. And while director/producer Alan Ball's previous HBO series, Six Feet Under, also had an expertly crafted soundtrack that often blended indie and alternative rock with classic vocal pop, True Blood's music runs deeper and wider, often spanning artists like Japanther and the Cowboy Junkies in a single episode and still sounding cohesive. And though the show is steeped in vampire and other kinds of supernatural lore, this collection of songs couldn't be further from stereotypically dark, gothy music: the closest it comes (and it's a stretch) is either the Watson Twins' Mazzy Star-like cover of the Cure's "Just Like Heaven" or the Southern Gothic of Little Big Town's "Bones," which, with its backwoods menace and beautiful harmonies, is a kissin' cousin of Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain." True Blood moves seamlessly from classic swamp blues and soul to contemporary country to alt-country and rock, and though decades separate some of these songs, common threads run through them. There's a real twang to most of these tracks, most brashly on Jace Everett's "Bad Things," which wraps temptation and longing in roadhouse swagger that makes it one of the most memorable TV theme songs of the late 2000s, especially paired with the show's vividly gritty title sequence. It's also no surprise that many tracks are about Louisiana or by artists from there, including Lucinda Williams' softly Cajun-tinged "Lake Charles," Allen Toussaint's "From a Whisper to a Scream," and Dr. John's brooding "I Don't Wanna Know." True Blood mixes moods as easily as it does musical styles: C.C. Adcock's "Bleed 2 Feed" and Th' Legendary Shack Shakers' "Swampblood" embody late-night hedonism with snaky blues-rock and wild-eyed psychobilly; the Flying Burrito Brothers' "Christine's Tune" nods to the magical reality lurking around the show's edges with cosmic country-rock; and Lee Dorsey's "Give It Up" is just plain funky and sexy. True Blood's songs capture the feel of the show rather than focusing just on tracks that scored the series' key moments, and this approach feels more cohesive and listenable (although it has to be said that Slim Harpo's "Strange Love," which soundtracks the first conversation Bill and Sookie have, is a standout). True Blood geeks will nitpick about some omissions, like Lynyrd Skynyrd's "That Smell" or Joan Baez's "Plaisir d'Amour," but the soundtrack is so of the show and so enjoyable that it feels like spending some quality time with the jukebox at Merlotte's Bar and Grill.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/19/2009
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075678965715
catalogNumber: 519381
Rank: 42270

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Chris Hillman   Composer
John Martyn   Composer
Gram Parsons   Composer
Lucinda Williams   Composer
Roy Bittan   Producer
Greg Droman   Producer
Charles Greene   Producer
Wayne Kirkpatrick   Composer,Producer
John Leckie   Producer
Henry Lewy   Producer
Larry Marks   Producer
Allen Toussaint   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jerry West   Composer
Mark Wright   Producer
John Doe Nommensen   Composer
Jamie Candiloro   Producer
Mike Napolitano   Producer
Don Depew   Producer
Kevin Weaver   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Jay Miller   Producer
Dave Way   Producer
John Janick   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Russell Pollard   Producer
Jimi Westbrook   Composer
Gary Calamar   Producer,Liner Notes
Jace Everett   Composer
Alan Ball & Friends   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Phillip Sweet   Composer
Brad Pemberton   Composer
Rolling Stones   Composer
Kristie Borgmann   Art Manager
Kimberly Roads   Composer
Zachariah Mattheus   Art Direction
Mark Robertson   Producer
Rob Gold   Art Manager

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True Blood: Music from the HBO Original Series 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
MaggyMaeH More than 1 year ago
I love this soundtrack - let me start with that. I have listened to it almost non-stop since I purchased it. The variety, richness, and sensuality of the music is intense and something I can appreciate. Imagine my disappointment when I tried to rip some of the tracks to my MP3 player so I could continue to enjoy the music I had already purchased during my workout. The CDs copyright protections make it so that none of the tracks burn and while the liner is artistic, it does not hold much information. If you intend to use the music for any purpose other than listen to a CD in that exact format, DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY - purchase the files through iTunes or Amazon since you won't be able to rip the files for your own use. Even the iTunes player only grabbed one minute samples, and then only of the first and last songs on the CD. I tried both iTunes and Windows Media Player - maybe a more advanced technology will have better luck, but why make it so that the average user would not have access? I understand the need to protect against piracy, but there comes a point where the music companies make purchasing the CDs superfluous and I think they just hit on it. While I can use the CD in my car - once I switch to an iPhone, I won't be using CDs in my car even and the inability to pull the tracks down to my personal devices makes the easily damaged piece of plastic a waste of money.
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A very good approach to the True Blood world with some cajun taste.
JenNV More than 1 year ago
This compilation was fantastic. True Blood is my favorite show and listening to the CD made me feel like I was in Bon Temps having a drink at Merlotte's with the gang.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this cd because I love the show. Some of the songs are kind of different, but the more you listen to it, the more you like it. Then, when you're watching the tv show, you can pick out the songs in the background.
bookworm923 More than 1 year ago
I liked the fact that artists were used from Louisianna where the story TruBlood takes place. I also found the songs interesting and realative to the series.
Umastar More than 1 year ago
I love this CD. I'm not a big country fan, so I was a little worried - but after watching the first season of TruBlood, when I put this CD into my car and started driving I felt like I was headed to Merlotte's for a night of fun and vampires. A fun CD for country fans, and for fans of the show. It will definitely get you in the mood for some TruBlood. =)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved 95% of this album. Fits the show to a tee. Dark but danceable :)
Becket More than 1 year ago
After enjoying the wonderful soundtrack from Season 2, I thought that this CD would offer more. While the music was enjoyable after the first listen, I was really good to just skip from the theme "Bad Things" to the last song "Bones." I am honestly more interested in what songs the next soundtrack will include. I am happy to support True Blood in any way possible!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as I expected. The extra songs in it are disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like any CD that has music from a lot of different artists. Sometimes you win, sometimes you loose but this one's a winner!!! It also opens the door to artists I've never heard before and so I have purchased a few new CDs since I bought this one. Enjoy
Penny_King More than 1 year ago
Country blues, southern rock, however you want to categorize it, its thick and hot with soul and spiced with a little Cajun flavor. Bleed 2 Feed captures the heart of the series and will have you glancing, hopefully, over your shoulder for vampires in the night.
eejchris More than 1 year ago
I love True Blood so the music is a must have for me. My husband loves the show and the music. "BAD Things" is the main reason I ordered this CD, the lyrics are WILD! Sookie, Bill, Sam, Tara,Lafayette, Jason and Eric the best characters ever. The cover design for the CD is pure wicked. I love this show!!!
michelle74 More than 1 year ago
I usually don't buy music from bookstores but gave the bookstore a try and it was great that I did. If you love the True Blood series alot of the music will bring back memories. Music is laid out well on the CD with little having to skip around to find the music you like.
DerekA More than 1 year ago
In line with the general gist of the series ... the unique interpretations of the various artist captures the feel in subtle nuance of all things of, and related to, a modern Vampire age. Nothing over the top here except for the title song which simply brings it home as it does on the opening credits of the show. Sit back, turn it up and enjoy the auditory tour of the True Blood series.
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