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The Big Chill - Deluxe Edition [Soundtrack]

Various Artists Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 23, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: March 23, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Motown
  • ASIN: B0001JXQCE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,067 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
2. The Temptations - My Girl
3. The Rascals - Good Lovin'
4. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - The Tracks Of My Tears
5. Three Dog Night - Joy To The World
6. The Temptations - Ain't Too Proud To Beg
7. Aretha Franklin - (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman
8. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles -I Second That Emotion
9. Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale
10. The Exciters - Tell Him
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Four Tops - It's The Same Old Song
2. Martha & The Vandellas - Dancing In The Street
3. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
4. The Marvalettes - Too Many Fish In The Sea
5. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing
6. Jimmy Ruffin - What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted
7. Jr. Walker & The All Stars - Shotgun
8. Isley Brothers -Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)
9. The Supremes - Ask Any Girl
10. Lesley Gore - You Don't Own Me
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Editorial Reviews

Writer/director Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill was one of Hollywood's first forays into baby-boomer navel-gazing, an examination of 60's idealism gone sour during the subsequent selfish excesses of the Me Decade and Go-Go 80's. It's Motown classics-dominated score became both a commercial sensation and generational touchstone, facets that often overlooked its status as one of the most artistically skillful pop song scores ever set to a film. This deluxe two CD edition won't defuse any of the often overweening nostalgia that's been its hallmark. Indeed, this slip-cased, expanded set (which includes the 1983 album's complete original track listing, as well as that of its 1984 sequel, More Songs From the Big Chill) often seems to relish in them on the new classic-rock dominated second disc, Bigger Chill: Music of a Generation. The second disc's tracks (which span more Motown, and a gamut from James Brown to Lesley Gore) are "inspired" by the film and not in it, but should more than please those enthralled by the original collection. Also included are previously unavailable instrumental versions of the Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want," Bert Kaempfert's "Strangers in the Night" and the mock TV "J.T. Lancer" theme, tracks that were the film's only "traditional" scoring touches. --Jerry McCulley

Product Description

This movie made Motown hot again and spawned two best-selling soundtrack albums, both of which you'll find on disc one. Disc two, meanwhile, adds another 19 tracks of classic '60s rock and soul for the ultimate baby-boom flashback! Includes I Heard It Through the Grapevine Marvin Gaye; Good Lovin' Rascals; Tell Him Exciters; When a Man Loves a Woman Percy Sledge; My Girl Temptations; We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet Blues Magoos; What Becomes of the Brokenhearted Jimmy Ruffin, and more. 38 classic tunes!

Customer Reviews

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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Great Big Deluxe 2CD "INCOMPLETE" set.... March 31, 2004
By Hank
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As many of you know, the original soundtrack was split into 2 separate CDs - Soundtrack to Big Chill and More Songs from Big Chill. I was annoyed years ago when I discovered I could actually compile every song heard in this movie - including the Stones' "Can't Always Get What you Want" - into a single CD, while Motown decided it was a good idea at the time to make consumers pay for 2 CDs instead of one by adding a bunch of songs that were not even in the movie. So now that they have a chance to redeem themselves, why is Motown releasing a 2CD "Deluxe" set that is still missing a vital track from the "More Songs" soundtrack such as Quicksilver Girl? I can understand copyright issues with the Rolling Stones' song, which was probably why it was left off the original soundtrack, but Quicksilver Girl was on the "More songs" soundtrack! I think the song list on the new Deluxe package is good, but the omission of 2 of the key songs that actually appeared in the movie was disappointing and dropped this review a couple of stars. That having been said, I still bought this set. Guess I'm just a sucker for repackages!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "more double the pleasure ~ The Big Chill" March 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best compilations to come out as being re-mastered "The Big Chill, featuring the Deluxe Edition with an expanded booklet with liner notes that will give the listener an insight to the film as well as the music.
Take a look at what you're in for ~ Original Soundtrack Album (released in September 1983), featuring The Exciters, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Procol Harum, The Rascals, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, The Temptations and Three Dog Night ~ high steppin', low steppin' and rhythm takes an aggressive leap into the decades that gave us music with soul.
Next stop is ~ 'More songs From The Big Chill,' (released in March 1984), featuring The Band, The Beach Boys, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Spencer Davis Group, The Rascals, Percy Sledge ~ artist bring back some wonderful times in you life.
Film Instrumentals serve up "STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT" (Bert Kaempfert), "YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT" (Church Version) and the "J.T. LANCER" (theme) - can't go wrong with any of the three selections, especially the Kaempfert cue.
Disc Two starts things off with ~ Blues Magoos, James Brown, Joe Cocker, Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Lesley Gore, Isley Brothers, The Mamas & The Papas, Martha & The Vanellas, The Marvelettes, Moody Blues, Jimmy Ruffin, Spanky & Our Gang, The Supremes, Howard Tate, Tammi Terrell, J.R. Walker & The All Stars and The Zombies ~ each performer reached the top-ten-smash hit phase during their reign.
Compilation under the guidance of Harry Weinger and Hip-O Records, a job well done ~ good to hear classic sounds for listeners old and new...gotta love it!
Total Time: 2-CD-Set ~ Hip-O/Motown 6 02798 16228 6 ~ (3/23/2004)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A review from New Zealand September 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Even though i am too young to have experienced these songs when they were first released, they are classics that will never die. What a great collection, that has all of the songs from the movie plus others that follow along the same themes.

Definitely worth the price (even when you take into account currency conversion and freight costs to New Zealand!!)

I haven't stopped playing it since it arrived.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT Gift! December 5, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this CD as a gift for my wife. She loves music from the 60's and the film. I took a chance when I bought the "Deluxe Edition" instead of just the sound track. the up side is the second CD is even better than the sound track first CD. Good ahead...Go Deluxe!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Songs by Fantastic Artists March 9, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is truly one of the best soundtracks ever compiled for a movie. Every song is a classic, with both power as a standalone song as well as meaning within the timeline of the movie. "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum is one of those songs that still sends chills through me when I hear it.

Aretha Franklin sends power and strength through her rendition of "You Make Me Feel like a Natural Woman" - while The Temptations lay it all on the line with "Ain't Too Proud to Beg". You've got the sweet songs of "My Girl", the happy-go-lucky songs of "Good Lovin'" and "Joy to the World", and much more.

These were songs that inspired a whole generation of new songmakers, and for good reason. They had great lyrics, intricate harmonies, and melodies that worked their way into your heart.

Highly recommended! These are great to listen to as a set, to capture the essence of an era, as well as working into your other playlists you have, as cornerstones for groups of a variety of song types.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The original plus more August 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I had the original soundtrack, but typically there were several songs missing. This one has EVERYTHING on the movie and a few bonus cuts. There's hardly a song on here that isn't great. Well, the JT Lancer theme...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Big Chill - Deluxe Edition January 20, 2012
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My husband has been asking me for a long to get him this so I finally ordered it for him this Christmas. He was extremely pleased with the music on this CD. He listens to it all the time. I would definitely recommend this CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great album March 7, 2011
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Got this to replace a worn out vinyl recording of The Big Chill soundtrack. Love that it's got the additional 10 songs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love it. Brings back so many memories of high school days.
Published 13 days ago by Brenda Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Great party music
I used this as background music along with "The Very Best of Frank Sinatra" and "The Very Best of Sting: Fields of Gold" for a party we had. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bebop
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Some great songs, and some "eh"
Published 1 month ago by rthrbnbldr
5.0 out of 5 stars There are still lots of good songs on this one
I ordered the deluxe edition but got the standard edition, but I didn't care. There are still lots of good songs on this one. I have not seen the movie but will one day. Read more
Published 1 month ago by leo134
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
Great songs all together.
Published 1 month ago by Charles W. Ambrose
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it!
I've been listening to the soundrack for weeks and will definitely play them when we have friends over. This purchase makes me want to see the movie again!
Published 3 months ago by GGE
3.0 out of 5 stars Big Chill movie music was a little chilled
I was diappointed in this music. It wasn't what I expected at all-songs were not good quality compared to the orginal album from long ago. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ann S. Prather Speck
3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete recordings
Last two songs on each disc do not play through, only about 30 seconds then nothing. Pain in the ---- to send back, hope this does not happen to other folks.
Published 4 months ago by Mary k brennan
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
Wonderful movie about getting back in touch years after college and the changes people go through. This was Kevin Costner's fist movie, everything got cut but his hands. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Glen A. Neal
5.0 out of 5 stars Great trip down memory lane
We listened to this album all the way to Florida from New Hampshire. It was a fun trivia game to see if we could name the singers.
Published 4 months ago by Janet A. Panagoulis
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