Johnny Depp Curates Pirate-Themed Music Compilation

The "Pirates of the Caribbean" star recruited the talents of Tom Waits, Keith Richards, Nick Cave, Sean Lennon, Broken Social Scene and others for a follow-up to his 2006 Rogue's Gallery album.
Chris Godley

Forever a rock-star on and off the silver screen, Johnny Depp has been particularly active in music lately. Over the past year, he's performed onstage with Ke$ha and members of The Strokes, Aerosmith, The Black Keys, Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson, holding his own on the six-string. Now we find Captain Jack Sparrow again teaming up with an ensemble cast of A-list musicians for a second installment of the Rogue's Gallery songs-of-the-sea compilation he helped start in 2006.

Working with his Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski and producer Hal Willner, Depp recruited the talents of Tom Waits, Keith Richards, Nick Cave, Sean Lennon, Broken Social Scene and plenty others for the two-disc album Son of Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys.

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Out Feb. 19 on Anti-, the album features some surprising musical pairings: Depp teams up with Shane MacGowan of The Pogues and Patti Smith on separate tracks, Waits and Richards couple for "Shenandoah," Michael Stipe and Courtney Love pair on "Rio Grande." Frank Zappa, Dr. John and Iggy Pop also make appearances.

Rolling Stone is currently streaming the album's opener, MacGowan, Depp and Verbinski's upbeat take on "Leaving of Liverpool," a tune that dates back to 1885 and has been covered by Bob Dylan, Anita Carter, and the Pogues in the past.

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Wilner told Rolling Stone of the album, "It is a very different record than Volume 1. It seems happier -- not as much about torture, sodomy and death."

The original Rogue's Gallery album was released in 2006, inspired by working on the Pirates of the Caribbean set. It featured performances by Lou Reed, Nick Cave, Bono, Van Dyke Parks, Bryan Ferry and others.

Track list:

Disc 1:

01 Shane MacGowan: "Leaving of Liverpool" [ft. Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski]

02 Robyn Hitchcock: "Sam's Gone Away"

03 Beth Orton: "River Come Down"

04 Sean Lennon: "Row Bullies Row" [ft. Jack Shit]

05 Tom Waits: "Shenandoah" [ft.Keith Richards]

06 Ivan Neville: "Mr Stormalong"

07 Iggy Pop: "Asshole Rules the Navy" [ft. A Hawk and a Hacksaw]

08 Macy Gray: "Off to Sea Once More"

09 Ed Harcourt: "The Ol' OG"

10 Shilpa Ray: "Pirate Jenny" [ft. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis]

11 Patti Smith and Johnny Depp: "The Mermaid"

12 Chuck E Weiss: "Anthem for Old Souls"

13 Ed Pastorini: "Orange Claw Hammer"

14 The Americans: "Sweet and Low"

15 Robin Holcomb and Jessica Kenny: "Ye Mariners All"

16 Gavin Friday and Shannon McNally: "Tom's Gone to Hilo"

17 Kenny Wollesen and The Himalayas Marching Band: "Bear Away"

Disc 2:

01 Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention: "Handsome Cabin Boy"

02 Michael Stipe and Courtney Love: "Rio Grande"

03 Marc Almond: "Ship in Distress"

04 Dr John: "In Lure of the Tropics"

05 Todd Rundgren: "Rolling Down to Old Maui"

06 Dan Zanes: "Jack Tar on Shore" [ft. Broken Social Scene]

07 Sissy Bounce (Katey Red and Big Freedia): "Sally Racket" [ft. Akron/Family]

08 Broken Social Scene: "Wild Goose"

09 Marianne Faithfull: "Flandyke Shore" [ft. Kate and Anna McGarrigle]

10 Ricky Jay: "The Chantey of Noah and his Ark (Old School Song)"

11 Michael Gira: "Whiskey Johnny"

12 Petra Haden: "Sunshine Life for Me" [ft. Lenny Pickett]

13 Jenni Muldaur: "Row the Boat Child"

14 Richard Thompson: "General Taylor" [ft. Jack Shit]

15 Tim Robbins: "Marianne" [ft. Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs]

16 Kembra Phaler: "Barnacle Bill the Sailor [ft. Antony, Joseph Arthur, and Foetus]

17 Angelica Huston: "Missus McGraw" [ft. The Weisberg Strings]

18 Iggy Pop and Elegant Too: "The Dreadnought"

19 Mary Margaret O'Hara: "Then Said the Captain to Me (Two Poems of the Sea)"

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