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Title - ‘Ray Donovan: Music From Showtime Original Series'
Artist - Marcelo Zarvos

As I’m sure you are all more than well aware by now, unless you just have basic cable, of course, ‘Ray Donovan’ is an American television crime drama series created by Ann Biderman for Showtime. The twelve-episode first season premiered on June 30th, 2013 and the pilot episode broke records of viewer ship instantly, becoming the biggest premiere of all time on Showtime! Indeed, Showtime renewed the show for a fourth season, which premiered a couple of months back now.

The superb soundtrack features the score from the early seasons of the hit series, composed by the uber talented Marcelo Zarvos. It also includes songs featured in the series: 'Down In the Willow Garden' by The Chieftains featuring Bon Iver, 'It's About Time' by Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, 'No Sympathy' by Flash Lightnin, and 'Banshee' by Kendra Morris.

1. Prelude
2. Phone Calls
3. Don't Let The Wolf In The Gate
4. Down In the Willow Garden (Performed by The Chieftains featuring Bon Iver)
5. Two Birds
6. Abby And Ray
7. Trouble at The Academy
8. Banshee (Performed by Kendra Morris)
9. Unexpected Visitor
10. Ray's Nightmare
11. About Marvin
12. Bloody Mirror
13. It's About Time Performed by (Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics)
14. Case Shut Down
15. Phone Message
16. Eddie Fingers Mick
17. We are Fine
18. Van Miller
19. Ray Warns Mickey
20. Snooping
21. Shootout At The Docks
22. No Sympathy (Performed by Flash Lightnin)
23. You Treat Me Like A Kid
24. Terry Watches Francis
25. Stalker
26. The Bag Or The Bat
27. Bridget
28. Previously on Ray Donovan
29. Finale

Marcelo Zarvos is one of my favorite composers working today. He is a very underrated talent and all of his scores resonate something grand after you listen to them. His music has a sort of elegance to it that through simple melodies and complex layers is able to echo large emotions.

A compelling, and at times even beautiful soundtrack, those that are anticipating all the cool, funky and fun songs that permeate the series are going to be let down, sorry. For the majority of Ray Donovan is instrumental work from the aforementioned Marcelo Zarvos. That said, that warning given, this soundtrack is one of the best I‘ve heard for emotive structure in nearly a decade. So it is far from a let down, and honestly fully deserves to be in your TV soundtrack score collections, believe me.

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