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The Walking Dead: Original Soundtrack – Vol. 1 is a soundtrack album featuring tracks from and inspired by AMC's television series The Walking Dead released March 17, 2013, by Universal Republic Records.

Prior to the album's release, some of the tracks were released as digital singles starting with "The Parting Glass" by series stars Emily Kinney and Lauren Cohan in October 2012.[1] The album peaked at number 54 on the Billboard 200 chart for the week of April 6.[2]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[3]
Artistdirect 5/5 stars[4]

Rick Florino of Artistdirect cited the album as the "best soundtrack of the year" and said it was "everything it should be and so much more"[4] while Heather Phares of AllMusic was displeased with the lack of tracks composed by Bear McCreary that appear in the series, saying it "should please fans who enjoy the show's overall mood" but that "it doesn't capture its essence the way a soundtrack with more of McCreary's score would have."[3]

Track listing

No. TitleArtist Length
1. "Lead Me Home"  Jamie N Commons 1:57
2. "Main Title Theme" (Unkle Remix)Bear McCreary 4:23
3. "You Are the Wilderness"  Voxhaul Broadcast 5:16
4. "Love Bug"  Baby Bee 2:52
5. "Warm Shadow" (Dactyl Remix)Fink 5:33
6. "Sinking Man"  Of Monsters and Men 2:46
7. "The Parting Glass"  Emily Kinney, Lauren Cohan 2:57
8. "Running"  Delta Spirit 3:12
  • Track 1 ("Lead Me Home") is featured in the third season episode "Clear"[5] and in the midseason 3 trailer.[6]
  • Track 3 ("You Are the Wilderness") is featured in the third season episode "Prey".[7]
  • Track 4 ("Love Bug") is featured in the third season episode "Say the Word".[8]
  • Track 5 ("Warm Shadow") is featured in the third season episode "Arrow on the Doorpost".[9]
  • Track 7 ("The Parting Glass") is featured in the third season episode "Seed".[10]

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[3]

Release history

Region Date Format
United States March 17, 2013[11] Digital download
March 19, 2013[3] CD


Chart (2013) Peak
Billboard 200[2] 54


  1. Neuman, Clayton (October 14, 2012). "The Walking Dead Season Premiere Features First Original Soundtrack Single: Beth & Maggie Greene's "The Parting Glass"". AMC. Archived from the original on March 28, 2013. https://web.archive.org/web/20130328103733/http://blogs.amctv.com/the-walking-dead/2012/10/single-the-parting-glass.php. Retrieved March 21, 2013. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Template:BillboardID/Template:BillboardEncode/chart "Soundtrack - Chart History". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/artist/Template:BillboardID/Template:BillboardEncode/chart. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Phares, Heather. "The Walking Dead: Original Soundtrack, Vol. 1". http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-walking-dead-original-soundtrack-vol-1-mw0002485899. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Florino, Rob (March 18, 2013). ""The Walking Dead AMC Original Soundtrack – Vol. 1" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars". Artistdirect. http://www.artistdirect.com/entertainment-news/article/the-walking-dead-amc-original-soundtrack-vol-1-album-review-5-out-of-5-stars/10410876. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  5. "Episode 313 Musical Performance: Jamie N Commons "Lead Me Home"". AMC. Archived from the original on March 17, 2013. https://web.archive.org/web/20130317103314/http://www.amctv.com/talking-dead/videos/episode-313-musical-performance-jamie-n-commons-lead-me-home. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRJx8KG_X9Q Retrieved September 28, 2013
  7. "Episode 314 Musical Performance: "You Are the Wilderness" by Voxhaul Broadcast". AMC. Archived from the original on March 20, 2013. https://web.archive.org/web/20130320195219/http://www.amctv.com/the-walking-dead/videos/episode-314-musical-performance-you-are-the-wilderness-by-voxhaul-broadcast. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  8. "Episode 310 Musical Performance: "Love Bug" by Baby Bee". AMC. Archived from the original on May 11, 2013. https://web.archive.org/web/20130511141531/http://www.amctv.com/the-walking-dead/videos/episode-310-musical-performance-love-bug-by-baby-bee. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  9. Johnson, Scott (March 10, 2013). "The Walking Dead End Song Was Warm Shadow By Fink". Comicbook.com. http://comicbook.com/blog/2013/03/10/the-walking-dead-end-song-was-warm-shadow-by-fink/. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  10. "'The Walking Dead' Sisters Get Mournful on 'The Parting Glass' - Premiere". Rolling Stone. October 13, 2012. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-walking-dead-sisters-get-mournful-on-the-parting-glass-premiere-20121013. Retrieved March 21, 2013. 
  11. "The Walking Dead (AMC's Original Soundtrack - Vol. 1)". Amazon.com. https://www.amazon.com/Walking-Dead-AMCs-Original-Soundtrack/dp/B00BPLDCVM. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 

External links

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