Vinyl releases a soundtrack album – but not on vinyl

HBO drama misses a trick with James Jagger's recording debut.

Bobby Cannavale and Olivia Wilde in Viny
The Vinyl countdown Ritichie Finestra and his wife, smiling for a change.

HBO’s new show Vinyl has announced details of its soundtrack album. But the album will only be released digitally, with no vinyl edition available.

Shown on Sky Atlantic in the UK last night, Vinyl stars Bobby Cannavale as weary drugged-up record company boss Ritchie Finestra. Produced by Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese, it’s set in New York in 1973.

The soundtrack features vintage songs by Otis Redding, Mott The Hoople, Foghat, Edgar Winter and The Meters.

It also features a song, Rotten Apple, by Vinyl actor James Jagger’s fictional band Nasty Bits from the series. It marks the recording debut of Mick Jagger’s son.

New York Dolls feature prominently in the series, and their singer David Johansen has re-recorded two of the band’s songs – Personality Crisis and Stranded In The Jungle – for the soundtrack.

New artists on the soundtrack include Kaleo and Sturgill Simpson, who sings Vinyl’s theme Sugar Daddy. Vintage Trouble singer Ty Taylor offers two songs as the show’s bluesman Lester Grimes.

As well as the main soundtrack album, out this week, there will be a weekly soundtrack EP for each of Vinyl’s 10 episodes.

These will feature songs by current artists including Julian Casablancas, Charli XCX, Royal Blood, Jess Glynne, Black Keys spin-off The Arcs, Jessie J and Fun singer Nate Ruess. Some of those will be brand new tracks.

The full tracklising for the main soundtrack is below.

Ty Taylor – The World Is Yours
David Johansen – Personality Crisis
Kaleo – No Good
Sturgill Simpson – Sugar Daddy (Theme from Vinyl)
Ruth Brown – Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean
Otis Redding – Mr. Pitiful
Dee Dee Warwick – Suspicious Minds
Mott The Hoople – All The Way From Memphis
David Johansen – Stranded In The Jungle
Chris Kenner – I Like It Like That
Ty Taylor – Cha Cha Twist
The Jimmy Castor Bunch – It’s Just Begun
Soda Machine – Want Ads
The Meters – Hand Clapping Song
Soda Machine – Slippin’ Into Darkness
Edgar Winter – Frankenstein
Nasty Bits – Rotten Apple
Foghat – I Just Want To Make Love To You

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Loaded’s deputy editor John Earls has covered entertainment and sport across a range of national newspapers, plus several football and music magazines, since 1990. Follow him on Twitter at @EarlsJohn

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