San Francisco, CA, May 11, 2006 --(PR.com
)-- DEAD MAN WALKING REBORN WITH DVD
Available Directly at www.activemusic.org
DEAD MAN WALKING: LEGACY EDITION
• DEAD MAN WALKING (1996) STARS BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, JOHNNY CASH, NUSRAT FATEH ALI KHAN, LYLE LOVETT, TOM WAITS, STEVE EARLE, PATTI SMITH AND OTHERS
Expanded edition CD contains newly recorded bonus track by Eddie Vedder,
and bonus DVD premiering all-star benefit concert of 1998 – starring Steve Earle, Ani DiFranco, Lyle Lovett, and Eddie Vedder with Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Expanded edition CD contains three bonus tracks previously unreleased in the U.S. – and collectable fan club CD of demos, live performances and rarities now commercially available for the first time.
Newest addition to Legacy Edition Series arrive in stores June 13th on Columbia/Legacy (DEAD MAN WALKING)
“I wanted to see what Sister Helen’s experience would inspire if it were given to songwriters. I had found the story immensely moving. It was loaded with feeling, it raised questions, it was an epic story of struggle. We were telling that story in the film but what about all the side stories? What about the emotion felt but left unsaid? What was going on in the minds of these characters?”
– Tim Robbins, from the original liner notes to DEAD MAN WALKING
Rock in the real world – rock with a collective conscience and conviction in the midst of the disillusionment and self-absorption of the ’90s – links a new entry into the prestigious Legacy Edition series of deluxe commemorative multi-disc packages. DEAD MAN WALKING: LEGACY EDITION honors the tenth anniversary of writer-director Tim Robbins’ controversial film (which premiered December 29, 1995), based on the book written by Sister Helen Prejean, csj that opposed capital punishment. The soundtrack – starring Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Tom Waits, Steve Earle, Patti Smith and others – now becomes an expanded edition CD with one newly recorded bonus track by Eddie Vedder, and a bonus DVD that premieres the all-star benefit concert of 1998.
The Legacy Edition title will arrive in stores June 13th on Columbia/Legacy, a division of SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.
The original DEAD MAN WALKING soundtrack was executive produced by Tim Robbins and David Robbins (music supervisor and composer of the film score). The album takes off with the opening title track, performed by Bruce Springsteen, which was nominated for an Academy Award. An unprecedented gathering of stars contributed newly written and recorded tracks to the project including (in subsequent order of appearance) the late Johnny Cash, Suzanne Vega, Lyle Lovett, the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (who died a year later in 1997) on two tracks with Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Tom Waits, Michelle Shocked, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Steve Earle, and Patti Smith.
As noted by Tim Robbins in his original liner notes (which are reproduced on this Legacy Edition), a portion of the proceeds of the album go to the Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation (MVFR), a group that looks toward ending violence as an answer for violence; and to Hope House in New Orleans, Sister Helen Prejean’s community based organization that utilizes educational programs and food distribution to help wipe out the root causes of violence.
On Sunday night, March 29, 1998, a little over two years after the movie and soundtrack releases, “Not In Our Name: Dead Man Walking - The Concert” was staged at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles as a benefit for Sister Helen Prejean, csj Hope House and MVFR. Several of the artists who had contributed tracks to the album – including Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, Eddie Vedder, and Tom Waits – enlisted for the concert, reprising several of their songs from the soundtrack CD. Adding to the night, Ani DiFranco performed three original songs. Two numbers from the movie score brought together Eddie Vedder, fellow Pearl Jam founder Jeff Ament, singer Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, tabla player Dildar Hussain, John Densmore (of the Doors), and composer David Robbins.
The Concert was recorded by Alan Ames and Associates in conjunction with ActiveMusic and is now being released as a DVD. “This was a one of a kind event, the kind that will linger in the minds of the audience for quite some time,” said Alan Ames, who produced and directed the live concert video. “Not only are the performances stunning, but the issue of the death penalty is one all Americans must come to grips with.”
Reflecting back upon the concert event, evocative liner notes are offered from Sister Helen Prejean, Densmore, and Rahat. In “An Open Letter,” Susann McMahon, who produced the concert, gives important background on the capital punishment issue, and explains how the concert enabled her to launch ActiveMusic, a 501(c) 3 non-profit production company (www.activeMusic.org). “ActiveMusic’s mission,” she writes, “is to accelerate social change through the power of music and media. We maximize the impact an artist can have on the issues they care about. ActiveMusic partners with artists to inspire, educate and empower individuals to make socially responsible choices in their daily lives and communities.”
In 1972, the Supreme Court declared capital punishment unconstitutional. After a four year moratorium, the death penalty began to be reinstated by a handful of states in 1976, led by Texas and Florida. In December 2005, the 1,000th inmate was executed since 1976.
DEAD MAN WALKING SOUNDTRACK: LEGACY EDITION (Columbia/ Legacy CK 83655, originally issued 1996, as Columbia 67522) Disc One – Selections: 1. Dead Man Walking – Bruce Springsteen • 2. In Your Mind – Johnny Cash • 3. Woman On The Tier (I’ll See You Through) – Suzanne Vega • 4. Promises – Lyle Lovett • 5. The Face of Love – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan with Eddie Vedder • 6. The Fall of Troy – Tom Waits • 7. Quality of Mercy – Michelle Shocked • 8. Dead Man Walking (A Dream Like This) – Mary Chapin Carpenter • 9. Walk Away – Tom Waits • 10. Ellis Unit One – Steve Earle • 11. Walkin Blind – Patti Smith • 12. The Long Road – Eddie Vedder with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan • Bonus track: 13. Dead Man – Eddie Vedder (previously unreleased).
Disc Two: NOT IN OUR NAME: DEAD MAN WALKING - THE CONCERT (DVD) – Program: 1. Ellis Unit One – Steve Earle • 2. Promises – Lyle Lovett • 3. L.A. County – Lyle Lovett • 4. Lungs – Lyle Lovett with Steve Earle • 5. Crime For Crime – Ani DiFranco • 6. Up up up up up up – Ani DiFranco • 7. Fuel – Ani DiFranco • 8. Trouble – Eddie Vedder • 9. Dead Man – Eddie Vedder & Jeff Ament • 10. The Long Road – Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, Rahat Ali Khan, Dildar Hussain, John Densmore & Dave Robbins • 11. The Face of Love (same personnel as track 15) • 12. Billy Austin – Steve Earle. (Filmed at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on March 29, 1998, hosted by director Tim Robbins.)
For further information on DEAD MAN WALKING, LEGACY EDITION contact:
Alan Ames #713-627-0145