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Title - The Devil All The Time [Vinyl]
Artist - Various

For those unaware, ABKCO Records is releasing The Devil All The Time (Music From The Netflix Film) on vinyl LP and CD this month.

The film, a fall 2020 release from Netflix, has been highly acclaimed with reviewers having cited its evocative soundtrack as a key element in advancing the Midwestern Gothic storyline.

It spans two decades during which sinister characters converge around young Arvin Russell (Tom Holland) as he fights the evil forces that threaten him and everything he loves.

Writing in Mens Health, Evan Romano noted, Between original music and curated classics, the music of The Devil All The Time helps to perfectly transport viewers to the early-mid 1950s setting where all our action takes place.

The Devil All The Time also stars Bill Skarsgard, Riley Keough, Jason Clarke, Sebastian Stan, Haley Bennett, Harry Melling, Eliza Scanlan with Mila Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson.

Celebrated Americana music artist Pokey LaFarge is also in the cast and is heard on the soundtrack performing Banks of The Ohio as well as Washed In The Blood with fellow cast member Harry Melling.

Side 1:
1. Knockemstiff, Ohio - Saunder Jurriaans and Danny Bensi
2. Washed In The Blood - Pokey LaFarge and Harry Melling
3. Hillbilly Boogie - The Delmore Brothers
4. Little Bessie (Live) - The Stanley Brothers
5. Orphans - Saunder Jurriaans and Danny Bensi
6. The Three Bells (Les Trios Cloches) - he Browns
7. Put It Off Until Tomorrow - Bill Phillips with Dolly Parton
8. Delusions - Saunder Jurriaans and Danny Bensi
9. Wings Of A Dove - Ferlin Husky

Side 2:
10. Honeycomb - Jimmie Rodgers
11. Young Love - Sonny James
12. Up Up Up - Saunder Jurriaans and Danny Bensi
13. He Says The Same Things To Me - Skeeter Davis
14. Funny How Time Slips Away - Billy Walker
15. Sinners - Saunder Jurriaans and Danny Bensi
16. Wishful Thinking - Wynn Stewart
17. Banks of the Ohio - Pokey LaFarge
18. Backwards & Forwards - Saunder Jurriaans and Danny Bensi

Opening on the stoically emotive Knockemstiff, Ohio and the heartfelt, soulful craw of Washed In The Blood, next up is the upbeat and rather joyous 1946 King Records recording Hillbilly Boogie (Delmore Brothers), the traditional folk song Little Bessie (Live) (The Stanley Brothers), and then we get both the aching Orphans and the organically harmonized The Three Bells (Les Trios Cloches) by The Browns.

Side A then rounds out on the quite rapturous Put It Off Until Tomorrow (Bill Phillips with Dolly Parton, the erstwhile Delusions, closing on the gospel hit Wings Of A Dove, featuring the golden, gently manly vocals tones of Ferlin Husky.

The second side opens with the finger-snapping beauty Honeycomb from Jimmie Rodgers and then we get Sonny James on his 12-string guitar bringing us the delightful Young Love, which is itself followed by the stirring cinematic ambiance of Up Up Up, the lusciously velvet tones of Skeeter Davis on He Says The Same Things To Me and the old, original country styling of Funny How Time Slips Away (Billy Walker).

Next up is the ornate, wistful Sinners, with the Side B rounding out on one of the progenitors of the Bakersfield sound, Wynn Stewart with Wishful Thinking, the murderous storytelling of Banks of the Ohio (Pokey LaFarge), closing on the haunting Backwards & Forwards.

Randall Poster, a producer of The Devil All The Time, is also a highly acclaimed music supervisor known for his work with Wes Anderson and Martin Scorsese, as well as a two time Grammy winner.

He commented, Music helps define these characters and an urgent reality. In this film, music is an effective counterpoint to some of the more suspenseful moments. I love country music and am always excited to step on the gravel road and use it when I can.

I am glad Pokey got the part and his Banks of The Ohio reinforces the films geography. We thought about how to use music to help people understand that we are traveling from 1946 to 1965 in a way that does not feel like it is self-conscious and does not jump out at the viewer. Music is an organic part of the film, used to set time and place and to capture the spiritual ground of it.

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