Today, the soundtrack for the HBO original series, Vinyl, has been released. Featuring 18 tracks spanning 61 minutes, the LP contains music that ranges from gritty rock and roll to soulful R&B and other music associated with the 1970s music scene.
Notable artists on the collection include David Johansen (of the New York Dolls), Otis Redding, Mott The Hoople, The Meters, The Edgar Winter Group, and Foghat. While most of the music is from the ’60s and ’70s era, there are some fresh tracks on this collection. Rising alternative country musician Sturgill Simpson provides the series’ theme song with a track titled “Sugar Daddy.”
In addition to the Sturgill track, there are a few other newly produced songs for the collection. HBO’s trailer for the show features a rockin’ new song called “No Good” by Kaleo, and Ty Taylor contributes a couple solid blues numbers: “The World Is Yours” and a cover of The Detroit Cobras’ “Cha Cha Twist.” David Johansen re-recorded versions of “Personality Crisis” and “Stranded In The Jungle” for the Vinyl soundtrack.
There are also original recordings by the cast. “Rotten Apple” is a song recorded by a fictional punk rock band called the Nasty Bits that includes Mick Jagger’s son James Jager, and the other original music is by a fictional R&B group called Soda Machine, who contribute a new song called “Want Ads” and a cover of War’s “Slippin’ Into Darkness.”
Vinyl focuses on record label president Richie Finestra (played by Bobby Cannavale) who tries to save his company through the drug crazed rock scene of the ’70s. Martin Scorsese and The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger are credited as the executive producers. You can catch the series premiere on HBO starting February 14, 2016 at 9 PM ET.
Following Volume 1’s physical and digital release, each Friday, Atlantic and Warner Bros. will digitally release an EP with music featured in and inspired by the upcoming Sunday’s episode. Then the Friday prior to the season finale, a second physical and digital soundtrack will come out.