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American Graffiti Soundtrack

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2CD set original soundtrack with 41 killer tracks from the 50s & early 60s: Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Del Shannon, Platters, Flamingos, Bill Haley, Diamonds & more

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For those of us who grew up in the '70s, this drive-in compilation of '50s and '60s rock and doo-wop, complete with Wolfman Jack introductions, was our introduction to this music. There are 41 jukebox hits here, and every one of them is a classic of its time (although two tracks--"At the Hop" and "She's so Fine" are covers by the revival band Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids). In his 1973 movie, director George Lucas used the music (and the presence of mysterious deejay Wolfman) as the AM-radio soundtrack to one night in suburban California, 1962. The idea was to capture and sustain an end-of-summer, end-of-innocence mood that's in the air throughout the picture-- not as a shortcut to establishing a period (as in Robert Zemeckis'Forrest Gump). There's an awful lot of spontaneous energy in these tunes--from Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly, to the Platters and the Clovers and the Del-Vikings, to the Crests and the Beach Boys--and also just a hint of melancholy that goes down very nicely with a burger, shake, and fries. --Jim Emerson

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley And The Comets
  2. Sixteen Candles - The Crests
  3. Runaway - Del Shannon
  4. Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
  5. That'll Be The Day - Buddy Holly
  6. Fanny Mae - Buster Brown
  7. At The Hop - Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids
  8. She's So Fine - Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids
  9. The Stroll - The Diamonds
  10. See You In September - The Tempos
  11. Surfin' Safari - The Beach Boys
  12. He's The Great Imposter - The Fleetwoods
  13. Almost Grown - Chuck Berry
  14. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - The Platters
  15. Little Darlin' - The Diamonds
  16. Peperment Twist - Joey Dee & The Starlighters
  17. Barbara Anne - The Regents
  18. Book Of Love - The Monotones
  19. Maybe Baby - Buddy Holly
  20. Ya Ya - Lee Dorsey
  21. The Great Pretender - The Platters

Disc: 2

  1. Ain't That A Shame - Fats Domino
  2. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
  3. I Only Have Eyes For You - The Flamingos
  4. Get A Job - The Silhouettes
  5. To The Aisle - The Five Satins
  6. Do You Wanna Dance - Bobby Freeman
  7. Party Doll - Buddy Knox
  8. Come Go With Me - The Del-Vikings
  9. You're Sixteen-You're Beautiful (And You're Mine) - Johnny Burnette
  10. Love Potion No. 9 - The Clovers
  11. Since I Don't Have You - The Skyliners
  12. Chantilly Lace - The Big Bopper
  13. Teen Angel - Mark Dinning
  14. Crying In The Chapel - Sonny Till & The Orioles
  15. A Thousand Miles Away - The Heartbeats
  16. Heart And Soul - The Cleftones
  17. Green Onions - Booker T. & The M.G's
  18. Only You (And You Alone) - The Platters
  19. Goodnight, Well It's Time To Go - The Spaniels
  20. All Summer Long - The Beach Boys


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 22, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: August 11, 1973
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: MCA
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002O81
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,248 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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What more can you say? This is quite possibly the best collection (and most eclectic sampling) of 50's and 60's music available. I was a kid when American Graffiti came out in 1973 and went week after week to the theatre to see it. It's held up beautifully all these years later. I owned the vinyl version of this double album, also the casette and even the eight track. The quality of the CD is leagues ahead of the original vinyl album, all the scratches and bumps have been removed and it results in a joyous listening experience. Each and every one of these songs is riveting, fun to listen to and just plain great!
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!
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Of all the categories of music available on compact discs (or cassettes), one of my favorites has always been the movie soundtrack. Not only does a good soundtrack album helps listeners remember favorite scenes from the movies, but it also may inspire them to explore musical styles they would have otherwise never listened to.
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.
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By thedude_888 on January 20, 2007
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This is a fantastic soundtrack. The oldies are fading away from every day radio. Now is the time to buy CD's like this to keep that era alive.
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Great fun in this collection of great Classic songs.

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!
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This is by far the best soundtrack to a movie in the world (according to me). First I saw the movie, then someone talked me into buying the soundtrack, I'm not a big fan of movie soundtracks, but AMERICAN GRAFFITI is a classic american soundtrack that proves it's time. I'm only 13 years old, and I've told some of my friends about this soundtrack, but they didn't sound very excited. I never was interested in oldies music until I purchased the CD last year, and I instantly fell in love with it. If you get the chance, see the movie, and if you like the music on it, purchase the CD, it will soon become an instant classic to you. TRUST ME!
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This 41-song soundtrack to George Lucas' "American Graffiti" excels in all the same dimensions as the landmark film. Much like Lucas' script, the soundtrack is a story of transition from the repression of the Eisenhower '50s to the exuberance of the Kennedy '60s. The music opens with the first rumblings of rock 'n' roll freedom and closes with the broadening palette of the '60s. When the film's hot-rodder, John Milner, dismissively sneers at the Beach Boys you can feel the outlaw being fenced in by the civilizing forces of early-60s rock.

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.
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