Apparently, an ongoing conversation between Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski and star Johnny Depp has inspired a particularly epic compilation. Musical ringleader Hal Willner is overseeing an all-star, double-disc project entitled, Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys, due out on August 22. Billboard reports:
“I slowly became fascinated by the idea of a contemporary reinterpretation of the sea chantey,” Verbinski says. “I imagined the artists that I listen to and respect doing their take on this age-old music: the song of the sea.”
Willner wrangled the talent for the project, which also features contributions from Richard Thompson, Bryan Ferry, Lucinda Williams, Rufus Wainwright, Joseph Arthur, Bill Frisell, Jarvis Cocker and actor John C. Reilly. Sessions took place in London, Dublin, New York, Los Angeles and Seattle.
These names join a lineup that includes Bono, Lou Reed, Sting, Nick Cave, Van Dyke Parks, and more.