30 Rock

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
With all of the things going on in any given episode of 30 Rock, it's easy to overlook just how big a part the show's music plays in its comedic brilliance. This ample soundtrack rectifies that, dedicating most of one disc to Jeff Richmond's score and one to the songs sung by the cast. Listening to Richmond's music on its own reveals just how much of its personality is reflected in the show and vice versa; based in jazz, big band, and lounge, his cues are sophisticated and goofy at the same time, and witty in their own right. There are few other shows where a piece adapted from Franz Schubert appears alongside a track called "Spanx." Richmond rummages through musical ...
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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
With all of the things going on in any given episode of 30 Rock, it's easy to overlook just how big a part the show's music plays in its comedic brilliance. This ample soundtrack rectifies that, dedicating most of one disc to Jeff Richmond's score and one to the songs sung by the cast. Listening to Richmond's music on its own reveals just how much of its personality is reflected in the show and vice versa; based in jazz, big band, and lounge, his cues are sophisticated and goofy at the same time, and witty in their own right. There are few other shows where a piece adapted from Franz Schubert appears alongside a track called "Spanx." Richmond rummages through musical history, coming up with sounds that are retro and fresh: "Theme from 30 Rock" nods to Carl Stalling and Raymond Scott, among others, as it bounds along with cartoonish glee; "Cha Cha" channels a sleek, Henry Mancini vibe; and "Claire" evokes Django Reinhardt with its brisk whimsy. Richmond is also nothing if not versatile; for every outrageous piece like the campy, brassy "Boys in Gayland," there's something subtler, like "Meet Donny"'s suave lounge or "Sunset Rounds," a piece of almost completely straight piano jazz with just a few winks. Perhaps Richmond's most successful feat is imbuing 30 Rock's music with New York City's essence. "Lizzie's Blues" distills it with a melody inspired by Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," but the lilting woodwinds that flit throughout the score keep it lingering in the background. There are a few songs with vocals on the first disc, most notably Tina Fey and Jason Sudeikis' '60s musical homage to "Cleveland" and Michael Bublé's "Mr. Templeton," but the fun really begins on disc two, which almost feels like a compilation of Jane Krakowski's greatest hits. Jenna Maroney is the biggest songbird on 30 Rock and its show within a show, TGS, and there's enough of her glorious hamminess to fill a deli on "Muffin Top," "Make a Pizza," "Tennis Night," and "That's Her." However, other members of the cast manage to get some songs in edgewise, most notably Tracy Morgan, whose "Werewolf Bar Mitzvah" might be the single funniest thing on the set. Yet the best song overall might be "All My Nights I've Been Waiting." Sung by Christopher Cross, it's a pitch-perfect parody and homage to songs like "Arthur's Theme," and another of the many ways 30 Rock pays tribute to the New York comedies that came before it. The feeling of camaraderie on this soundtrack is no surprise -- Richmond has worked with his wife Fey and some of the show's other stars for years prior on SNL -- but it is delightful. Aside from the small complaint that Richmond's cues are grouped in medleys, making it hard to pinpoint each one, this is a fun, thorough set for 30 Rock fans and soundtrack buffs. [Die-hard fans will want the collector's edition of the set, which includes a coffee-table book filled with cast photos and essays by Richmond, Fey, and other members of the 30 Rock team.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2010
  • Label: Relativity Music Grp
  • UPC: 854727002164
  • Catalog Number: 700216
  • Sales rank: 17,537

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Page Off Intro/Theme from 30 Rock/Kenneth Chokes (0:50)
  2. 2 Carol (2:17)
  3. 3 Frenchy/Slummin' It/Donald (2:35)
  4. 4 Resturant/Snowy Night/Light of Day (3:17)
  5. 5 Jack in Four/Cha Cha/Cleveland/Grizz & Liz - Jason Sudeikis (4:32)
  6. 6 My Funny Valentine (1:18)
  7. 7 Boys in Gayland/Halloween/Chicken Killer/Jack Attack (3:11)
  8. 8 Meet Donny/Spanx/Dirty 30's/Liz Taylor (3:25)
  9. 9 Mr. Templeton/Burnt - Michael Bublé (2:12)
  10. 10 Sunset Rounds (2:27)
  11. 11 Lizzie's Blues/Sad Clown (2:34)
  12. 12 Claire/Handkiss/The Getaway (2:40)
  13. 13 Colleen/Dumb Moon/Headlights (1:48)
  14. 14 Dad/Pieces of Wood (2:01)
  15. 15 Ave Maria as Played by Kathy Geiss at the Cryogenic Freezing of Her Fat (2:52)
  16. 16 Midnight Train to Georgia - Edie Falco (2:15)
  17. 17 30 Rock /The Bitenuker (3:26)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Make a Pizza - Jane Krakowski (0:28)
  2. 2 That's Her - Kyle Gordon (0:37)
  3. 3 Muffin Top - Jane Krakowski (1:58)
  4. 4 Werewolf Bar Mitzvah - Donald Glover (2:52)
  5. 5 Simple Things (0:16)
  6. 6 Tennis Night - Jane Krakowski (1:03)
  7. 7 Danny Boy - Cheyenne Jackson (0:20)
  8. 8 The Christmas Waltz - Cheyenne Jackson (2:14)
  9. 9 The Christmas Song - Alec Baldwin (2:16)
  10. 10 The America Song and the Mob - Jane Krakowski (1:18)
  11. 11 I Will Always Love You - Jack McBrayer (0:52)
  12. 12 All My Nights I've Been Waiting (Liz Lemon's Theme) - Tina Fey (4:23)
  13. 13 Don't Go to Bed With a Frown - Jan Hooks (0:26)
  14. 14 What Do You Say to Cleveland [D (1:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jeff Richmond Primary Artist, Clarinet, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Theremin, Vocals, Melodica
Sharon Bryant Choir, Chorus
John James Choir, Chorus
Vaneese Thomas Choir, Chorus
Tawatha Agee Choir, Chorus
Jerry Barnes Choir, Chorus
Katreese Barnes Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Everett Bradley Vocals
Elaine Caswell Vocals
Steve Elson Wind
Earl Gardner Trumpet
Clark Gayton Trombone
Mike Harvey Choir, Chorus
Curtis King Choir, Chorus
Lou Marini Wind
Cynthia Mizelle Choir, Chorus
Christine Ohlman Vocals
Shawn Pelton Percussion, Drums
Lenny Pickett Wind
Larry Saltzman Guitar
Tim Lefebvre Strings
Neal Coomer Vocals
Kyle Gordon Vocals
Joel Noyes Strings
Greg Stare Percussion, Drums
Jeremy McCoy Strings
Brian Drye Trombone
Katherine Fong Strings
Giancarlo Vulcano Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Bass, Electric Guitar
Christina Courtin Strings
Pico Alt Strings
Eva Burmeister Strings
Kingsley Wood Strings
Ryan Keberle Trombone
Eran Sykes Strings
Toni Glickman Strings
Timothy Fain Strings
Jesse Mills Strings
Jeremy Turner Strings
Max Mandel Strings
Edward Arron Strings
Marlon Saunders Choir, Chorus
Robert Moose Strings
Michael Midlarsky Strings
Julia Joseph Vocals
Laurie Krein Trumpet
Taylor Bergren-Christman Strings
Stanley Harrison Wind
Milan Milisavljevic Strings
Guillaume Pirard Strings
Technical Credits
Franz Schubert Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Josiah Gluck Engineer
Lorenz Hart Composer
John Kilgore Engineer
Lorne Michaels Executive Soundtrack Producer
Jonathan Schultz Engineer
Giancarlo Vulcano Composer, Orchestration
Tina Fey Executive Soundtrack Producer
Eric Gurian Executive Soundtrack Producer
Jeff Richmond Composer, Orchestration, Executive Soundtrack Producer, Score
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