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Sons of Anarchy: Songs of Anarchy, Vol. 2 [Original TV Soundtrack]

Sons of Anarchy: Songs of Anarchy, Vol. 2 [Original TV Soundtrack]


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The hit FX Network TV show Sons of Anarchy follows the adventures of a hard-living gang of bikers who have no fear of living on the edge, but their taste in music is a bit more eclectic than one might expect, at least judging from the second album of music recorded for the show, which runs from hard rock to R&B to country and even gospel. Nine of the thirteen selections on Songs of Anarchy, Vol. 2 include the show's de facto "house band" the Forest Rangers, a studio combo led by producers Bob Thiele, Jr. and Dave Way, and featuring guitarist Dave Kushner, bassist Davey Faragher, steel guitarist Greg Leisz, and drummer Brian Macleod; while the band backs up a variety of different vocalists here, the musicians manage to give the music a consistency of tone and mood that's apparent when the material is compiled into an album. The disc's big drawing card is a new version of "Sympathy for the Devil" recorded for the show by Jane's Addiction, but since a couple of the Rangers sit in with the band, it doesn't stand out from the rest of the songs as much as one might imagine, and the group's performance is surprisingly subdued, revealing little guitar firepower from Dave Navarro, and Perry Farrell's voice lacking its trademark upper-end dynamics. Elsewhere, most of the tracks on Songs of Anarchy, Vol. 2 are covers, with Joshua James performing a breathy, mournful interpretation of Herman's Hermits' "No Milk Today" (James also does his own "Coal War"), Alison Mosshart of the Dead Weather swaggering through Iggy Pop's "The Passenger," Franky Perez belting out a raw, spectral version of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground," Curtis Stigers leading a bar band-sounding take of John Fogerty's "Traveling Band," and Katey Sagal (who plays Gemma on the show) stepping up with a fine, smoky interpretation of Lulu's "To Sir with Love." Noah Gunderson contributes a fine pair of original numbers seemingly modeled after Appalachian folk tunes, and vocalist Battleme pairs up with the Rangers for two original but largely unexceptional numbers. For a set of material recorded for a cable TV series, Songs of Anarchy, Vol. 2 certainly stands out in terms of both quality and ambition, but while most of the performances are good, few seem truly inspired, and the emphasis on covers sometimes makes this seem like a complex way around paying licensing fees for the original versions, as impressive as these recordings may be.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/2012
Label: Sony
UPC: 0887654214324
catalogNumber: 542143
Rank: 10571


  1. Sympathy For the Devil
  2. The Lost Boy
  3. The Passenger
  4. He Got Away
  5. To Sir With Love
  6. Higher Ground
  7. Lights
  8. The Unclouded Day
  9. Coal War
  10. Time
  11. Travelin' Band
  12. Family
  13. No Milk Today

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Curtis Stigers   Vocals
Gia Ciambotti   Background Vocals
Davey Faragher   Bass
Perry Farrell   Vocals
Greg Leisz   Lap Steel Guitar
Val McCallum   Electric Guitar
Dave Navarro   Electric Guitar
Stephen Perkins   Percussion,Hand Drums
David Ralicke   Horn
Katey Sagal   Vocals
Amy Kanter   Background Vocals
Bob Thiele   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Hand Clapping
Chris Chaney   Bass
Dave Way   Hand Clapping
Alison Mosshart   Vocals
Franky Perez   Vocals
Joshua James   Vocals
Matt Drenik   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Noah Gundersen   Guitar,Vocals
Greg Holden   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Phil Shenale   Synthesizer,Electric Piano
Brian Macleod   Drums
Audra Mae   Vocals,Background Vocals
Abby Gundersen   Cello,Background Vocals
Kim Yarborough   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

John Fogerty   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Iggy Pop   Composer
Graham Gouldman   Composer
Don Black   Composer
Ricky Gardiner   Composer
Mark London   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
Brian Scheuble   Engineer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Bob Thiele   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Cello Arrangement
Dave Way   Engineer
Daniel Mendez   Producer,Engineer
Joshua James   Composer,Producer
Dexter Green   Engineer
Shannon Edgar   Producer
Matt Drenik   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Noah Gundersen   Composer
Greg Holden   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Dave Bianco   Engineer
Abby Gundersen   Composer
Kurt Sutter   Composer
Eric Awes   Engineer

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