Entertainment Weekly - 1/14/00, p.75
"...It's one of the great song-based soundtracks, period....a blissfully neoclassic mix..." - Rating: A
Q - 3/00, p.1133 stars out of 5
- "...Apart from the inevitable Sinatra, Them do a passable Bo Diddley on 'Mystic Eyes', while Diddley himself rips into 'I'm A Man' and Wyclef Jean brings things up to date with 'Blood Is Thicker Than Water'."
Melody Maker - 1/18/00, p.563.5 stars out of 5
- "...Some of these tunes may not be classics, but blues music, being mournful and urgent, fits the bill exactly. As a soundtrack should then, THE SOPRANOS hits exactly the right note."
Producers include: Matthew "Boss Hog" Vaughan, Tom Rothrock, Sony Burke, Miami Steve, Robert Sigwood.
Engineers include: John "Big JW" Wilkinson, Tom Rothrock, Andy Grassi.
THE SOPRANOS was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.
Audio Mixer: Andy Wallace.
Editor: Stewart Whitmore.
Built on a foundation of Martin Scorcese's mob-film soundtracks (classic rock anthems and studiously chosen oldies) and the mystique of New Jersey's twin musical sons (Springsteen and Sinatra), THE SOPRANOS soundtrack album is a great roots-minded mix-tape for those willing to make the leap from the classic to the modern.
The canon selections come from under-appreciated deep catalogs (Dylan's preachy "Gotta Serve Somebody"), unceremoniously forgotten thrashers (Them's fierce garage-punk on "Mystic Eyes"), and more obvious candidates (Cream); while the Boss and the Chairman are represented by tracks that could've been designed to be used expressly as film music. To modernize the program, there's A3's "Woke Up This Morning," a bit of techno-twang created by programmers well-versed in Hank Williams and Muddy Waters that also serves as the show's theme; and cuts by avant-roots stalwarts Los Lobos and RL Burnside. As a comp, THE SOPRANOS bridges the gap between Hall of Famers and freaky new traditionalists.