An eclectic variety of music stars, including Keith Richards, Patti Smith and Todd Rundgren, have contributed to a new compilation of traditional sea-themed tunes inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys is a sequel to a similarly named 2006 collection of tunes produced by Hal Willner and executive produced by Johnny Depp and Pirates of the Caribbean series director Gore Verbinski. The two-CD set, which features 36 tracks, will be released on February 19.
Richards, accompanying Tom Waits, is featured on a rendition of the folk tune “Shenandoah”; Smith and Depp collaborate on a version of “The Mermaid”; and Rundgren offers up his take on “Rolling Down to Old Maui.” Other artists appearing on the two-CD set include Dr. John, Iggy Pop, R.E.M.‘s Michael Stipe, Marianne Faithfull, Sean Lennon, The BanglesSusanna Hoffs and Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention.
Willner, who has been the mastermind behind a variety of themed compilations over the years, says of Son of Rogue’s Gallery, “It is a very different record than volume 1. This one seems…happier? Not as much about torture, sodomy and death, which will disappoint some but, we don’t need to repeat ourselves do we?”
Here is the complete track list for Son of Rogue’s Gallery:
Disc 1:
“Leaving of Liverpool” (Shane MacGowan with Johnny Depp & Gore Verbinski)
“Sam’s Gone Away” (Robyn Hitchcock)
“River Come Down” (Beth Orton)
“Row Bullies Row” (Sean Lennon with Jack S**t)
“Shenandoah” (Tom Waits with Keith Richards)
“Mr. Stormalong” (Ivan Neville)
“A**hole Rules the Navy” (Iggy Pop with A Hawk and a Hacksaw)
“Off to Sea Once More” (Macy Gray)
“The Ol’ OG” (Ed Harcourt)
“Pirate Jenny” (Shilpa Ray with Nick Cave & Warren Ellis)
“The Mermaid” (Patti Smith & Johnny Depp)
“Anthem for Old Souls” (Chuck E. Weiss)
“Orange Claw Hammer” (Ed Pastorini)
“Sweet and Low” (The Americans)
“Ye Mariners All” (Robin Holcomb & Jessica Kenny)
“Tom’s Gone to Hilo” (Gavin Friday and Shannon McNally)
“Bear Away” (Kenny Wollesen & The Himalayas Marching Band)
Disc 2:
“Handsome Cabin Boy” (Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention)
“Rio Grande” (Michael Stipe & Courtney Love)
“Ship in Distress” (Marc Almond)
“In Lure of the Tropics” (Dr. John)
“Rolling Down to Old Maui” (Todd Rundgren)
“Jack Tar on Shore” (Dan Zanes with Broken Social Scene)
“Sally Racket” (Sissy Bounce [Katey Red & Big Freedia] with Akron/Family)
“Wild Goose” (Broken Social Scene)
“Flandyke Shore” (Marianne Faithfull with Kate & Anna McGarrigle)
“The Chantey of Noah and his Ark (Old School Song)” (Ricky Jay)
“Whiskey Johnny” (Michael Gira)
“Sunshine Life for Me” (Petra Haden with Lenny Pickett)
“Row the Boat Child” (Jenni Muldaur)
“General Taylor” (Richard Thompson with Jack S**t)
“Marianne” (Tim Robbins with Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs)
“Barnacle Bill the Sailor” (Kembra Phaler with Antony/Joseph Arthur/Foetus)
“Missus McGraw” (Angelica Huston with The Weisberg Strings)
“The Dreadnought” (Iggy Pop & Elegant Too)
“Then Said the Captain to Me (Two Poems of the Sea)” (Mary Margaret O’Hara)