American Dreams Soundtrack
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you love the show then you'll love the cd, this is the 2nd time I have purchased it.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
We loved the show while it was on and the CD didn't disappoint us. A nice mix from that era of our societyPublished on October 20, 2013 by Honest Review
Fans of this show will enjoy this CD. It mixes remakes of old songs by todays artists with other originals from the era. Read morePublished on June 4, 2005 by Melanie
Will there be a second season soundtrack? This first one is outstanding. L.BoyerPublished on May 9, 2004
this show is great. all the songs are so good to listen to. if you don't have this you need it! The theme song, "Our Generation" is wonderful. Read morePublished on April 4, 2004