Listen to Elvis Costello's Exclusive Song From 'Boardwalk Empire'

Wall Street Journal: Eric R Danton: 7th August 2013

“Boardwalk Empire” is known for the meticulous attention the HBO drama pays to period details, from the cut of Nucky Thompson’s suits to books characters on the show are reading. The same holds true for the songs on the “Boardwalk Empire” soundtrack albums, if not for the singers.

“Boardwalk Empire Volume 2: Music From the HBO Original Series” follows up with the Grammy-winning first installment from 2011 with period songs performed by latter-day artists, including Patti Smith, Rufus Wainwright, Liza Minnelli and Elvis Costello, whose version of “It Had to Be You” premieres today on Speakeasy.

“While we’ve had an incredible group of singers work with us on the four seasons of ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ the thrill of capturing the voice and spirit of Elvis Costello is unsurpassable,” Randall Poster, the music supervisor for the show, told Speakeasy. “Elvis is steeped in the music and lore of the twenties and his ‘It Had To Be You’ is a classic take on a classic song that has entertained audiences for decades and decades. Our fingers are crossed that we’ll have him in front of our bandstand again soon.”

Costello is accompanied by Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks’ jaunty arrangement of brass and woodwinds on the song, written in 1924 by Isham Jones and Gus Kahn, and first recorded by Sam Lanin and his Orchestra that same year — and countless artists since, including Ray Charles, Harry Nilsson and, of course, Harry Connick Jr.

“Boardwalk Empire Volume 2 ” is due Sept. 3 on ABKCO. “Boardwalk Empire” returns to HBO on Sept. 8.