On the heels of Tuesday's Sons of Anarchy Season 6 finale, we present the full stream of The Songs of Anarchy, Vol. 3. Released December 3rd, the album features vocal performances from Chris Goss (Masters of Reality), singer-songwriter Noah Gunderson and cast members Maggie Siff and Katey Sagal. Eleven of the soundtrack's 13 recordings feature the show's house band, the Forest Rangers.
"Noah Gundersen has a voice that can bend the heart without any conceit," the show's music supervisor and album producer, Bob Thiele, tells Rolling Stone, speaking of the singer's performance on "Day Is Gone," as heard in this week's finale. "What I love about this performance is his deep, soulful intensity, without any sentimentality attached. Noah doesn't live in that over-refined world where many of his counterparts reside. Noah, show creator Kurt Sutter and I wrote this song that features the ever-present Forest Ranger Greg Leisz charming some beautiful tones from his pedal steel guitar."
The Songs of Anarchy, Vol. 3. is long on covers, as Chris Goss fronts the Forest Rangers for a version of the Mississippi Sheiks' 1930s folk-blues number "Sitting on Top of the World," which was hand-selected by Sutter. Sagal is also joined by the band for her version of Jackson Browne's "For a Dancer," while Billy Valentine delivers Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay."
Meanwhile, Siff delivers one of the disc's other originals, the stripped down "Lullaby for a Soldier (Arms of the Angels)," which was written by Dillon O'Brian. Leonard Cohen's "Come Healing," which was heard in its entirety during this season's premiere episode and was included on Cohen's 2012 album Old Ideas, is another high point.
Alongside Thiele, the Forest Rangers include the recent Eric Clapton sideman Leisz (guitar/banjo), session musicians John Philip Shenale (keyboards) and Lyle Workman (guitar), Davey Faragher of Elvis Costello's Imposters (bass), one-time Wire Train drummer Brian Macleod (drums) and Velvet Revolver guitarist Dave Kushner.