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New “O Brother” soundtrack celebrates film’s Grammy success

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Joel and Ethan Coen’s cult comedy “The Big Lebowski” received a ton of press last week due to a Blu-ray release of the film and a star-studded Q-and-A held in New York City on the film’s behalf. Get Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Julianne Moore together on one stage, and it’s going to make headlines.

But today, another Coen Brothers masterpiece is making news. “O Brother Where Art Thou?,” the filmmakers’ odyssey through the Depression-era South, is releasing a two-disc, anniversary edition of its Grammy winning soundtrack, and the disc reportedly will feature 12 tracks that didn’t make the cut the first time around.

While the soundtrack is best known for its version of Dick Burnett’s “Man of Constant Sorrow” (covered by George Clooney and the Soggy Bottom Boys), it also boasts fantastic bluegrass staples handpicked by the brothers and T. Bone Burnett. The album cleaned up at the Grammy in 2001, and is ready to celebrate 10 years after its victory.

The unreleased tracks, according to the AP, “features more songs by performers who were on the original album, among them Norman Blake, the Fairfield Four and the Peasall Sisters, and others who didn’t make it on the initial release, including Van Dyke Parks, Colin Linden and Alan O’Bryant.”

But it won’t have the original take of Clooney singing “Constant Sorrow.” Not yet. Maybe on the 20-year anniversary.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • August 22, 2011 | Permalink |

    George Clooney, as much as I adore him, did not ‘cover’ “Man of Constant Sorrow”. He was dubbed by Dan Tyminski, who is a part of the group Alison Krauss and Union Station.

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