Original Soundtrack

Café Society [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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AllMusic Review by Marcy Donelson

Set in New York City in the 1930s, Café Society is a 2016 romantic comedy by director Woody Allen, his 47th film. The 15-song soundtrack features a reliable mix of big-band era tunes, with archival recordings such as "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra, as well as eight covers by contemporary outfit Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks, who specialize in early swing. The ensemble also appeared on the soundtrack for the director's 1996 film Everyone Says I Love You (and non-Allen projects such as Boardwalk Empire and The Aviator). Here, they do piano-led instrumentals ranging from a lively "The Lady Is a Tramp" to a graceful take on Rodgers & Hart's "Manhattan." Also newly recorded for the film are versions of "Out of Nowhere" and "This Can't Be Love" by pianist Conal Fowkes, also a prior soundtrack collaborator of Allen's, and a member of the Woody Allen New Orleans Jazz Band.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Vince Giordano / The Nighthawks / Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks 03:51 Amazon
2 Vince Giordano / The Nighthawks / Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks 02:06 Amazon
3 Kat Edmonson / Vince Giordano / The Nighthawks / Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks 02:32 Amazon
4 Vince Giordano / The Nighthawks / Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks 01:45 Amazon
5 Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 03:20 Amazon
6 Count Basie & His Orchestra 02:49 Amazon
7 Vince Giordano / The Nighthawks / Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks 04:14 Amazon
8 Vince Giordano / The Nighthawks / Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks 03:49 Amazon
9 Vince Giordano / The Nighthawks / Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks 03:17 Amazon
10 Vince Giordano / The Nighthawks / Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks 03:18 Amazon
11 Ben Selvin 03:27 Amazon
12 Yerason 02:31 Amazon
13 Vince Giordano / The Nighthawks / Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks 02:41 Amazon
14 Conal Fowkes / John Gill / Brian Nalepka 03:11 Amazon
15 Conal Fowkes 03:33 Amazon
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