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If you're too young to remember these years, this album will give you a taste of what it must have been like to have grown up in the 50's and early 60's. An additional note: if you're never seen the movie, rent it or buy it immediately. It's a deserved classic!
Just as John Williams Romantic-era stylings of his Star Wars scores opened my ears and mind to classical music at the age of 14, the songs of various artists featured in the soundtrack for 1973's George Lucas nostalgia-laced American Graffiti opened my heart and soul to the early rock 'n' roll and doo-wop of the late 1950s and early '60s. Having been born in 1963 into a household where only my older sister listened to such artists as The Beatles, Tom Jones and Englebert Humperdinck, it was only in the days of "Happy Days" (a TV sitcom that was inspired by the success of Lucas' first real successful movie) that I got a taste of early rock 'n' roll songs in the vein of "(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock," the song that kicks off this 2-CD, 41-song album.
The songs presented here were not only chosen by director George Lucas because they fit the time period (no song here was released after 1962), but also because the songs themselves were like a Greek chorus commenting on the on-screen doings of Steve, Laurie, Curt, John, Carol, Debbie and Toad. If the mood is upbeat, then songs like "Rock Around The Clock" are featured. For more emotionally charged sequences (Steve and Laurie's heart-rending argument at the school dance, for instance), The Platters' famous cover of Kerns' "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" and "Only You" are perfect accompaniment.Read more ›
Getting right to the point, this CD is an essential addition to any music lover's collection.
Buy it and get the party mood going!
The film's music, composed of existing rock and pop jukebox hits rather than a score, is both a soundtrack to the storyline and a character in itself. Specific songs illuminate their scenes so innately that the music's first few notes make the film reappear in your head; the teen-angst at the dance to "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," the end-of-the-night sunrise to "Green Onions," and the credit sequence accompanied by the effervescent "All Summer Long" make indelible references to Lucas' images.
The original 1973 issue of this soundtrack was a revelation. The psychedelic rock movement of the late '60s had all but divorced itself from rock 'n' roll's roots, and oldies radio was not the potent force it would become in the '80s and '90s. It may be hard to imagine in this CD era of reissue cash cows, but it was tough to find original '50s music in the early '70s. The intervening years have seen these songs reissued hundreds of times, but their potency remains intact. And with oldies radio moving the early part of their playlists into the late '60s and early '70s, these seminal golden oldies are once again falling from the public's consciousness.Read more ›
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Best....Soundtrack...EVER--love it! You will be hard pressed to find a better compilation.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this on 8-Track when I was 12-years-old and played it constantly. The kids I babysat used to beg me to bring my 8-track so that they could sing and dance along. Read morePublished 1 month ago by H. Wheales