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The Rookie Soundtrack

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Audio CD, Soundtrack, March 26, 2002
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The soundtrack to The Rookie, a true story about a late-blooming major league pitcher, is as American as apple pie, the Stars and Stripes, and, naturally, baseball. Composed of down-home country-fried and blues-bred rock, the album evocatively simulates the feeling of America's storied frontier heritage. Seasoned performers like Steve Earle (the uplifting rustic rock track "Some Dreams"), John Fogerty (the swampy blues number "Blue Moon Nights"), and Willie Nelson (the vintage front-porch country of "Nothing I Can Do About It Now") conjure up the simpler times of dusty farms and sparsely settled plains. Contemporary crooners capture this mood just as skillfully--Ryan Adams's fragile "In My Time of Need" and "Tumbling Down," Allison Moorer's piano-sprinkled soul ballad, are both fit for the desolate open road. Never flashy or overwhelming, the album mixes these slower and upbeat tracks seamlessly, ensuring that its energy never drags. Moreover, the quality of the musicians and songs included is rock solid through and through, guaranteeing that The Rookie is one soundtrack that definitely hits a home run. --Annie Zaleski


1. Some Dreams - Steve Earle
2. Blue Moon Night - John Fogerty
3. Embryonic Journey - Jefferson Airplane
4. Tumbling Down - Allison Moorer
5. There Is A Light - Duane Jarvis
6. Stuff That Works - Guy Clark
7. Slow Turning - John Hiatt
8. Baby I Ain't Gonna Do That No More - Paul Burch & WPA Ballclub
9. Shining - Eileen Rose
10. Nothing I Can Do About It Now - Willie Nelson
11. In My Time Of Need - Ryan Adams
12. The Plains - Carter Burwell
13. The Shperes - Carter Burwell

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 26, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: March 29, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • ASIN: B00006312Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,221 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sheldon Stanley Sturges on September 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
There are a lot of good tunes used in the uplifting soundtrack for "The Rookie", and a few are not on this soundtrack, notably House of Pain's "Jump Around"(played after the team wins the championship),and the Elvis gospel song "Run On".
The remaining stuff is all terrific, especially John Hiatt's great "Slow Turning", and John Fogerty's wistful "Blue Moon Night".
A nifty baseball movie, and a nifty soundtrack.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Dooley on June 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The Elvis Song in the movie "The Rookie" is called "Run On" It's a gospel song Elvis did in the 60's. I wish it was on this Soundtrack. EP Enterprises may have not granted permission to put it on the soundtrack. Who knows? It's a great upbeat Gospel song. Elvis Gospel songs are excellent. I recommend - "Elvis Presley - Amazing Grace" The Double CD collection - if you are looking for that Song
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By geneseograd on July 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The Elvis song from movie that is not on soundtrack is Run On. Great tune! - they should have included it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
not to mention Burwell's beautiful Celtic-tinged background music. The five songs, in order: "There is a Light" by Duane Jarvis; "Some Dreams" by Steve Earle, "Stuff That Works" by Guy Clark; "Shining" by Eileen Rose and "Baby I Ain't Gotta Do That No More" by Paul Burch. All great songs, all stand on their own. Throw in John Hiatt, Willie Nelson, John Fogerty and the peripatetic Ryan Adams, and you've got a CD that will stand up to repeated listens. I don't know who put the thing together, with all these stellar Nashville artists, but it is much appreciated. See the movie; the Burwell cuts are much shorter, and it's all worth hearing on a theatre sound system.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Bachmann on January 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I find this soundtrack almost addictive. I love John Fogerty's version of "Blue Moon Night." Eileen Rose is amazing, and Willie is a welcome old friend. Your moods can go way up and way down listening to this stuff, a cool roller-coaster ride. When I feel like two-stepping, this is what I want to listen to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. Gilliland on January 18, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I never saw the film so I can't moan about the absence of the song by Elvis. But the music that is on this soundtrack is quite good, a nice mix of oldies (a Jefferson Airplane track from the 60s) along with more recent recordings, and the always present snippets from the film score. There's no true baseball thread that connects these songs, but most of the songs on here have a nice earthy feel to them --- almost like the rich infield soil. Another factor that helps make this album hold up so well is that the musical style of the various artists on this CD is quite a compatible fit. A song by Motorhead, for example, or a lame attempt at adding some contemporary hip-hop artist, would definitely have sounded out of place. So, thumbs up to the compilers of this soundtrack for picking songs that worked well together. Play ball!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Austin H. Speed on April 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
"The Rookie" soundtrack is a wonderful blend of tone, talent, and absolute musical sincerity. There's hardly a manufactured or false note on the album. I thoroughly enjoyed the tracks mentioned by the previous reviewer and, in addition, I really liked Allison Moorer's song, "Tumbling Down." I've listened to the album several times now and find myself liking something else each time. A wonderful compilation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Excellent soundtrack and great price through sbcglobal.net (Amazon Marketplace). Excellent turn-around time, received item within a week.
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