Universal Music Enterprise (Ume) is to release Peaky Blinder’s first ever soundtrack on November 15. The track will also feature a previously unreleased rendition of the show’s theme song, “Red Right Hand” by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.
Peaky Blinders is a British crime drama Tv-Series that premiered in 2013. Primarily set in Birmingham, the series follow the exploits of the Shelby Crime family in the repercussion of World War I.
The plot revolves around the Peaky Blinder gang, as evident from the title, and their leader, Tommy Shelby, a tortured ex-soldier suffering from PTSD after fighting during the world war. The massively popular BAFTA-winning series has been aired for 5 seasons with the 6th one set to land around the end of 2020 or early 2021.
The show is available on BBC’s iPlayer and Netflix in over 100 countries outside of the United Kingdom.
The series’ soundtracks play a vital role in the overall development of the plot. “All songs featured in the show have been painstakingly chosen to reflect the feel of the program (the violence, the grit and the glamour)”, as inspired by a real group of gangsters following WWI.
Steven Knight, creator of the show, was one of the instrumental factors in pushing the importance of music used in the series. “The Peaky Blinders story and the music we use are twins, born at the same time. It would be difficult to imagine most of the pivotal moments without the soundtrack. I’m so glad that at last we have been able to put some of the tracks together on one album, to put the atmosphere and swagger and snarl of the show into your headphones and speakers.”
On November 15, UMe will be releasing the official soundtrack of the series that has captivated audience from all over the world. The track will be available in 2CD, 3LP and digital and will feature the low tones of Nick Cave’s vocals by including a previously unreleased rendition of the series’ theme song, “Red Right Hand”. The track was specifically recorded for the show by PJ Harvey and will only be available on this edition. It will be released on Spotify for download and streaming.
The album also includes Jehnny Beth’s “I’m the Man”, Anna Calvi’s “You’re not God” and Richard Hawley’s “Ballad of a thin Man”, along with several others by Nick Cave, Arctic Monkeys, The White Stripes, Royal Blood, The Last Shadow Puppets, Queens of the Stone Age, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Laura Marling and Foals.
The collection will be available in CD and vinyl. The 2CD and 3LP sets will feature music and key clips of dialogues from all five seasons of the award-winning show. The 2CD will also include a 32-page book with imaged from the program, behind-the-scenes notes from Guardian journalist, Phil Harrison and quotes from the cast and The Chap magazine in conversation with conversation with the show’s costume designer, Alison McCosh.
For the first 500 pre-orders on both 2CD and 3LP across uDiscover, The sound of Vinyl and Recordstore.co.uk, a limited edition Peaky Blinders poster will also be included. The DVD box of season 5 is set to release by BBC on 11 November.