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American Dreams Soundtrack

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Generation – Emerson Hart
  2. Heatwave – Martha and the Vandellas
  3. She’s Not There – The Zombies
  4. Don’t Worry Baby – The Beach Boys
  5. My Girl – B2K featuring Marques Houston
  6. People Get Ready – The Impressions
  7. Come Ye – India.Arie
  8. Gone Gone Gone – The Everly Brothers
  9. My Boyfriend’s Back – Stacie Orrico, Brittany Snow & Vanessa Lengies
  10. Wishin’ and Hopin’ – Vanessa Carlton
  11. Beyond The Sea – Duncan Sheik
  12. That’s How Strong My Love Is – Otis Redding
  13. You Really Got Me – The Kinks
  14. Every Little Bit Hurts – Vivienne Green
  15. Sounds of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 6, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: September 29, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • ASIN: B000092ZKT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,542 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Tom on May 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I've been an "American Dreams" watcher since the series' first episode and, being a music fan as well, it wasn't long before I began eagerly anticipating the soundtrack CD from this show (which we all knew was coming, seeing as how music is itself a character in the show, as much as the Pryor family members are).
I very much enjoy this album, starting with the great title song for the show, "Generation". There's a great mixture of classic '60s tunes by the original artists, as well as new covers of other ones by contemporary pop stars (from the excellently-done re-creations on the "American Bandstand" set, which have become a staple of the show).
Unfortunately, some of my favorite musical guest appearances, the ones I was most eagerly awaiting on CD, are absent from this disc ... specifically Nick Carter (Jay and the Americans), Michelle Branch (Lesley Gore), and Usher (Marvin Gaye). Why were they (perhaps the most publicized of the guest appearances, ironically) left off the disc? Certainly there was room for three more tracks, seeing as how nearly every song is less than three minutes long. Hopefully these songs won't be forever condemned to "musical limbo" and will see the light of day on a future "American Dreams" release.
That's the reason my review is only three stars ... it may be a rather insignificant reason to some people, but a big one for me, since it took away a good deal of the album's worth in my eyes.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
So, the big question was whether the Soundtrack for the NBC Television series "American Dreams" would feature the original hits that Dick Clark played on "American Bandstand" in 1963-64 or the covers of those songs by some of the young talent out there singing today. The answer is: Both (sort of). You do have Vanessa Carlson singing "Wishin' and Hopin'" and "My Girl" performed by B2K / Marques Houston but then you have the Zombies doing "She's Not There," Martha and the Vandellas singing "Heat Wave," the Kinks ripping through "You Really Got Me," and even Simon & Garfunkle doing "Sounds of Silence." Once you toss the two versions of the theme song "Generation" by Emerson Hart out of the equation the album is split right down the middle: seven Golden Oldies and seven contemporary covers of same.
I have to admit I am rather disappointed. Each week we get to here bits and pieces of the guest artists doing these songs (e.g., last week with the melodic post-grunge group Third Eye Blind appearing as the Kinks), and I was really hoping that this album would include the complete recordings done for the show (I figured they HAD to let Michelle Branch, Nick Carter, Ashanti, and the rest of these guest artists actually sing the ENTIRE song in the studio). The surprise on the album ends up being Meg (Britney Snow) and Roxanne (Vanessa Lengies) singing "My Boyfriends Back" along with Stacie Orrico, and the producers get props for putting lesser hits from that period by artists like Otis Redding and the Everly Brothers. I feel safe in assuming since this soundtrack has some, but clearly not all of the songs recorded for the show, there were contractual obligations that dictated who could and could not appear on the album. Too bad; 'tis a consummation devoutly to be wished.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on June 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
NBC's freshman drama has smartly captured the turbulence of the early 60s and its impact on America. But unlike the suburban flight that was celebrated on "The Wonder Years," "American Dreams" is mired in the tensions of inner-city, inter-racial Philadelphia, a metropolis that still claimed ownership of American Bandstand. And it's that ownership (and Dick Clark's production of the TV series) that provides one of the show's innovative dramatic conceits.
By casting two of the main characters as Bandstand regulars, the music of the era, and especially its transitions (Girlgroups, British Invasion, Motown, et. al), have become the show's guiding continuity (or discontinuity, if you want to nit-pick the historical accuracy of the song selections). Further, as a lure to the latest MTV generation, the producers have restaged classic Bandstand performances with modern artists, several of which are included here. This CD is a good overview of the show's musical offerings, including s an extended (or more likely original, un-edited) version of the show's theme song (the sensational Searchers meet the Byrds "Generation" by Tonic's Emerson Hart), eight original hits, and six re-creations.
At first, Hart's full-length theme song seems overlong compared to the familiar, edited TV rendition, but a few spins reveals the charms of the additional lyrics and 12-string guitar interlude. The original artist hits, widely anthologized elsewhere, provide good continuity for the recreations, with highlights that include an expansive stereo mix of The Impressions' "People Get Ready" and Otis Redding's incendiary, soulful "That's How Strong My Love Is.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Once Upon A Time on April 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I am ashamed to say, I am one of those out there that didn't catch this show while it was on the air. I could just slap myself silly for that! I added this series to my Netflix queue and I am hooked! I can't wait to own it!

I'm only 36 years old but watching this show is like eating comfort food. It makes me think of my grandparents when I see the clothes, the wallpaper, the appliances, the cars, the furniture, the hairstyles and Bandstand! This show deserves so many acclimates for the sets but especially for the actors. They are all superb! Every one of them! Just watching them at the dinner table or watching them in the kitchen brings back so many wonderful memories of what life was like for me as a kid with my grandparents. Here you have Helen (the Mom) in the kitchen cooking while Patty is calling out to her in a typical sibling annoying tattletale voice about Will. The Mom continues to do her thing while talking to her family but still calls out to them to do the right thing. I can't even pick who my favorite characters are because every cast member, including the reoccurring guests like Rachel Boston and Jessica Collins are absolutely brilliant at what they do in this show. Brother and sister JJ and Meg, love them! Love Roxanne! Love Sam, love them all. Wonderful ensemble cast!

It just blows my mind how authentic this show is to families and the early 60's. I feel like I can't get enough of it. Not sure how many seasons there are but I will own all of them.

I apologize to the cast and creators of this show for not tuning in when I should have. I love your show and can't wait to buy each season of it on DVD!
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