Title - 'Dead Man Walking: Legacy Edition' (Legacy)
Artist - Various
The updated Dead Man Walking: Legacy Edition enhances the original soundtrack to Tim Robbins's Oscar-winning 1995 movie, including a bonus DVD and a newly recorded bonus track, the gripping "Dead Man," from Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder. Dead Man Walking was a moving and somber examination of capital punishment, based on Sister Helen Prejean's book of the same name. At the filmmaker's request, well-known activist artists like Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, and Michelle Shocked contributed original songs inspired by the subject matter. The included bonus DVD documents a 1998 concert--hosted by Tim Robbins and benefiting Sister Helen and Murder Victim Families for Reconciliation - which brought together many of the artists who had contributed to the original soundtrack including Eddie Vedder, Lyle Lovett, and Steve Earle. The performances are uniformly impassioned: Steve Earle recreates his stark portrait of a death row guard's story in "Ellis Unit 1" and teams with Lyle Lovett to cover Townes Van Zandt's "Lungs." Back in the day I applauded the decision of the "powers that be" that two albums were put out for this movie: this soundtrack, and the background score. Good music with a challenging message. Now I overly applaud them once again for putting out this clinical two disc version for us all to once again get drawn into.