If you only know "Mack the Knife" as some kind of easy-listening tune, prepare yourself for a jolt. This London production of the Bertolt Brecht/Kurt Weill masterpiece The Threepenny Opera uses a translation as dark and dirty as the German original laid over the incredible score, a big portion of which you've probably heard without being able to properly place. Our particular favorites on this record would have to be the marvelous "Socrates Song" and the grim, grim "Ballad in Which Macheath Begs All Men for Forgiveness". (We know the titles might not sound encouraging. Press on.) If you don't know this play or this music at all, just know that most of the edgy, alienated filmmakers out there would love to be Bertolt Brecht, and that thousands of musicians from genres as different as soul, punk, classical, and alternative would kill to be Kurt Weill.
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