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"Boardwalk Empire": Volume 2: Music From the HBO Original Series

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September 3, 2013

On Boardwalk Empire, Prohibition is a time of corruption, violence and really painful cures for gonorrhea, but musically it was a clever and lively era; many of America's greatest songwriters peaked in the 1920s. On this second volume of Boardwalk songs, a variety of crooners and warblers are paired with the redoubtable revivalists Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. Elvis Costello channels Bing Crosby while whistling like a lark; David Johansen belts through the booty­licious "Strut Miss Lizzie"; and Rufus Wainwright, on the jungle-feverish "Jimbo Jambo," suavely lusts for a "dark-skinned bimbo." Even Nucky would smile.

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