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The Simpsons: Songs In The Key Of Springfield - Original Music From The Television Series [Soundtrack, Import]

Alf Clausen, Dan Castellaneta, Hank Azaria, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith, Danny ElfmanAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (March 13, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: March 18, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000033Z8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,837 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Simpsons Main Title Theme (Extended Version) - Alf Clausen
2. We Do (The Stonecutters' Song) - Marge/Homer/The Stonecutters
3. Dancin' Homer (Medley): Crosstown Bridge/Capitol City - The Simpsons/Tony Bennett
4. Homer & Apu (Medley): Who Needs The Kwik-E-Mart?/Who Needs The Kwik-E-Mart? (Reprise) - Lisa/Apu/Homer/Marge
5. 'Round Springfield (Medley): Bleeding Gums Blues/A Four-Headed King/There She Sits, Brokenhearted... - Lisa/DJ/Bleeding Gums Murphy/Cast
6. 'Oh, Streetcar!' (The Musical): White-Hot Grease Fires (Prologue)/Long Before The Superdome... - Director (Jon Lovitz)/Chief Wiggum/Marge/Apu/Ned Flanders/Cast
7. Jingle Bells - Robert Goulet/Bart/Smithers/Mr. Burns/Nelson
8. Springfield (Medley): The Simpsons End Credits Them (Big Band Vegas Version)/Gracie Films Logo - Alf Clausen
9. 'Itchy & Scratchy' Main Title Theme - Alf Clausen
10. 'Itchy & Scratchy' End Credits Theme - Alf Clausen
11. The Day The Violence Died (Medley): Not Jazz Chor, But Sad Chor/The Amendment Song - Krusty The Clown/Jack Sheldon/Kid/Bart/Lisa/Cast
12. Senor Burns - Tito Puente & His Latin Jazz Ensemble
13. The Simpsons End Credits Theme (Afro-Cuban Version) - Tito Puente & His Latin Jazz Ensemble
14. Your Wife Don't Understand You - Announcer/Lurleen (Beverly D'Angelo)/Homer/Cast
15. Kamp Krusty (Medley): South Of The Border/Gracie Films Logo - Bart/Krusty/Gene Merlino
16. End Credits Suite #1: The Simpsons End Credits Theme (Austalian Version) - Alf Clausen
17. End Credits Suite #1: The Simpsons End Credits Theme (Hill Street Homage) - Alf Clausen
18. End Credits Suite #1: The Simpsons End Credits Theme (It's A Mad, Mad, Mad World Homage) - Alf Clausen
19. Treehouse Of Horror V (Medley): Controlling The Transmission (Prologue)/The Simpsons Halloween... - Bart/Homer/Alf Clausen
20. Honey Roasted Peanuts - Homer/Marge
See all 39 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Out of print in the U.S.! Originally released in 1997, Songs In The Key Of Springfield is a collection of original songs, themes and underscore music from the television show The Simpsons. Apart from the Simpsons Main Title Theme (by Danny Elfman), you can also find 'The Itchy And Scratchy Theme', 'Senor Burns' (by Tito Puente), 'Dancin' Homer' (by Tony Bennett) 'It Was A Very Good Beer' (by Homer Simpson) and a cover of Carol King's 'Jazzman' performed by Lisa Simpson! Includes liner notes by Matt Groening and Alf Clausen. 39 total tracks. Rhino/Wea.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 Springfield, You Rock! March 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Until I heard this CD, I never fully appreciated how much music was in "The Simpsons." Sure, I knew the theme songs, and was aware of guest appearances by The Who, The Red Hot Chile Peppers, and many other bands, and I know that Danny Elfmann and ALf Clausen are exceptional composers who excel in many other venues. Over the years, however, the show has produced a number of memorable songs, many of them satirizing some of the most popular (and often unctious) chestnuts of recent American music.

Krusty's "Send in the Clowns" is a prime example of the importance and the sheer quality of the songs in the show. Like the best musicals, they advance the plot, jive with with the show's themes and characters, and are musically memorable and lyrically hilarious. Some of the songs are played semi-straight (Lurleen's country songs) while others extend the subversive, on-target humor of one of TV's most brilliant shows. (As the co-owner of the creature who actually won the "animal who most resembles a Simpson contest," receiving a Matt Groening autographed poster as a prize, I am one of millions of experts on the show and a longtime fan.)

I agree with the reviewer who said there were a just a few too many reworkings of the Simpson theme songs on the CD (although many of these are of unquestionable worth), the CD, replete with both music and samplings of dialogue is a tribute to the show, a true bargain box set, and a must for any Simpsons or musical comedy fan. Springfield, you RAWK!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So you like music and you like Simpsons... August 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD
What's really amazing about this CD is the complete variety in music. Compare "Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart" to "Bagged Me a Homer" or "Happy Birthday, Lisa" to "Baby On Board." All of them catchy, yet so different! I especially like "Flaming Moe's" and "The Itchy Scratchy Closing Theme," which is the opening theme sung in sad past tense. Personal favorite is "The Amendment Song."
In addition to some great instrumental stuff, there are three spoken skits taken from the show. The first one "Honey Roasted Peanuts" is the funniest and it leads into the next track. Another one, "In Search of an Out of Body Vibe," is funny too and although it doesn't lead into the next track, it is still from the same episode. However, the other skit, "TV [...]" is a complete mystery to me as it has nothing to do with any songs and ends with Bart saying "TV [...]." I don't understand why they cut out what Homer replies in the actual episode, "Since I know you're upset, I'll pretend I didn't hear that." Okay, it's not that funny but it still would have been better to end the skit with a punchline. Also, the track "Boy Scouts-N-The Hood" has a song in it ("Springfield Springfield") but has so much dialouge both before and after the song is sung that it feels more like a skit too.
Good CD.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Simpson Family Smile Time Variety Hour June 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Whoa, momma! For a Simpsons fan, it doesn't get any better than this. A bunch of great, hilarious music from the funniest TV show ever. I especially love the songs from the "Streetcar Named Desire" and "Planet of the Apes" musicals. Alf Clausen should be commended for the great job he did in putting this CD together. The sound is really good, considering these songs were not intended for commercial release when they were recorded. It's even in stereo. Any Simpsons fan who doesn't already own this CD should click on "Buy now" right this very minute.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're a fan, you probably know all the words... September 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD
While "The Simpsons Sing The Blues" seemed to be a quicky cash-in job to make somemore money off of Simpsons-maina, "Songs in the Key of Springfield" delivers the goods. The snappy writing and lovable characters can be enjoyed over and over again in you CD player. I would recommend this to anyone who likes the show.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the simpsons are great!!!!!!!!!!!!! February 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
my favorite tv show,you must buy this cd,there are so many songs,

if you like the simpsons you will recognize all the songs,and if you don't like them you will get fun with the lirycs
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Kid's Review
Format:Audio CD
THIS has to bee one of the best CD's ever! I love classical music very much, so I'm not saying I like this better than that. But this CD is so funny that I could give it 6 or 7 stars. When ever my mom gets upset, I will play the Amendment song for her or the Monorail song and she will be in a great mood!
The "Itchy & Scratchy" is an old favorite. It just cracks us up to listen to it. With the drum, xylophone and car horn. Then near the end it has the chimpmunks yelling "Itchy & Scratchy SHOW!!!"
Also, the Stone Cutters "We do" is very, very good.
With 39 tracks, this has various episodes from seasons 2 through 8.
Well, you will be very glad to get this CD! Believe me... This cannot be better! (:
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The sounds of Springfield May 22, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Music has always been an integral part of "The Simpsons," the brilliant animated comedy series created by Matt Groening. Much of the show's musical appeal is due to the outstanding work of its primary songwriter/composer/adapter/arranger, Alf Clausen. This disc collects a smorgasbord of songs and instrumental pieces from the series' first several seasons; altogether, there are a bountiful 39 tracks.
I could not possibly mention every one of this disc's marvelous highlights in the space of a short review. But here are a few of my favorites--
"We Do" (The Stonecutters' Song): A maniacal anthem for a wacky secret society. "Oh, Streetcar!": Snippets from a full-blown musical version of "A Streetcar Named Desire." The "Itchy and Scratchy" Main Title Theme: The demented theme song of the ultraviolent cartoon show-within-a-show. "The Amendment Song": A brilliant "Schoolhouse Rock" parody which savagely satirizes the anti-flag burning movement. The medley from "A Fish Called Selma": This musical montage includes the unforgettable musical version of "Planet of the Apes," complete with Phil Hartman's superb vocal performance as Troy McClure.
There are also some excellent instrumental pieces, most notably the many variations on the familiar end credits music: an Afro-Cuban version, an Australian version, a "Hill Street Blues" homage version, and more. Snippets of dialogue are included in many of the tracks.
And the album is not all satire and hilarity. There are some genuinely touching moments, such as Lisa's tribute and farewell to her musical mentor, jazz musician "Bleeding Gums" Murphy (the "'Round Springfield" medley).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Songs From One of My Favorite Shows!!
Love the CD. All my favorite songs from the show. The only major disappointment for me is that they didn't play the Happy Birthday Lisa song from the closing credits with all the... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Meryl W
5.0 out of 5 stars Shipped Quickly, Excellent Condition
This is a fun collection of musical moments from when the Simpsons were excellent. I you're a fan and like to sing along to some funny lyrics then look no further.
Published 4 months ago by John H Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars LOOOVE IT!
Love all these songs! We are Big fans, so it's hard to disappoint us with anything Simpsons related. Product came fast and intact.
Published 9 months ago by elizabeth
4.0 out of 5 stars $20 can buy many peanuts
I bought this CD in summer 1997 when I was 16. It was hardly ever out of my CD player (remember those?). Man, where has time gone? Read more
Published 15 months ago by Inspector Gadget
5.0 out of 5 stars Simpsons music
This is a great novelty item for any hardcore Simpsons fan like myself. Whenever I hear a song on hear I can recall each episode as if I'm watching them at that very moment.
Published 22 months ago by Ryan J. Esquivel
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice
This has all the songs that drew people into the Simpsons and made them bother to watch "All Singing, All Dancing", one of the most hated clip shows. Read more
Published on March 6, 2012 by SideshowJazz1
5.0 out of 5 stars Sing it Homer!
The songs on this CD are true Simpsons! I love the tunes sung by the characters of the series. Great item for any Simpsons fan!
Published on December 19, 2011 by P. Claussen
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleasing the Simpsons soundtrack
I received the CD promptly and my kids love it. I had no problem dealing with this seller and would buy from him/her again.
Published on January 14, 2011 by Des
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious!
A must-have for any "Simpsons" fan! Alf Clausen's original songs and re-tooled versions of the opening theme song are especially good.
Published on May 1, 2010 by J. Fischer
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
What a disappointment! This was the first Simpson CD I've ever purchased and it is terrible. I watch the Simpsons all the time and I know there are many many great songs on the... Read more
Published on April 19, 2008 by S. Schmidt
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