American Dreams: Original Soundtrack 1963-1964

American Dreams: Original Soundtrack 1963-1964

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Set in Philadelphia during the 1960s, NBC's drama American Dreams focuses on the friendship between teenage girlfriends Meg and Roxanne, who achieve their goal of becoming dancers on Dick Clark’s locally produced American Bandstand. The soundtrack to the series features era-appropriate artists such as Simon & Garfunkel, Martha & the Vandellas, the Everly…  See more details below


Set in Philadelphia during the 1960s, NBC's drama American Dreams focuses on the friendship between teenage girlfriends Meg and Roxanne, who achieve their goal of becoming dancers on Dick Clark’s locally produced American Bandstand. The soundtrack to the series features era-appropriate artists such as Simon & Garfunkel, Martha & the Vandellas, the Everly Brothers, and the Beach Boys, as well as present-day artists such as India.Arie, Vivian Green, and Vanessa Carlton performing renditions of '60s classics.

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
American Dreams: Original Soundtrack 1963-1964 includes some of the music featured in the nostalgic Dick Clark-executive produced program. Excepting the several faithful cover versions that were performed by popular impersonators during the show's American Bandstand-set scenes, this could be any garden-variety compilation of '60s chart pop -- including Martha Reeves & the Vandellas' "(Love Is Like A) Heatwave," the Everly Brothers' "Gone Gone Gone," the Kinks' "You Really Got Me," Simon & Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence," and Otis Redding's "That's How Strong My Love Is." Folks old enough to remember when the songs were originally popular would likely see the cover versions as sacrilege, whether it's Vanessa Carlton's "Wishin' and Hopin'," Duncan Sheik's "Beyond the Sea," India.Arie's "Come Ye," or B2K's (featuring Marques Houston) "My Girl." But the appearances from the younger artists were obviously a way to connect with younger viewers, many of whom tuned in to see Michelle Branch play Lesley Gore and/or Third Eye Blind mimic the Kinks. (Note to those who didn't catch the show: The latter part of that sentence was not made up; it actually happened.) Since everything here has a legitimate connection to a specific episode, the disc makes for a decent accessory for fans of the show. Otherwise, it's perfectly skippable.

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Hip-O Records


  1. Generation  - Emerson Hart
  2. (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave  - Martha Reeves
  3. My Girl  -  B2K
  4. She's Not There  -  Zombies
  5. Wishin' and Hopin'  - Vanessa Carlton
  6. Don't Worry Baby  -  Beach Boys
  7. People Get Ready @@Impresions
  8. Come Ye  -  India.Arie
  9. Gone, Gone, Gone  -  Everly Brothers
  10. My Boyfriends Back  - Stacie Orrico
  11. Beyond the Sea  - Duncan Sheik
  12. That's How Strong My Love Is  - Otis Redding
  13. You Really Got Me  -  Kinks
  14. Every Little Bit Hurts  - Vivian Green
  15. The Sound of Silence  -  Simon & Garfunkel
  16. Generation  - Emerson Hart

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Price   Background Vocals
Gary Meek   Saxophone
Joel Derouin   Strings
Grant Geissman   Guitar
Peter Kent   Strings
Bob McChesney   Trombone
Rob Mitchell   Drums
Maria Newman   Strings
Danny Pelfrey   Piano
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Joseph Powell   Background Vocals
Sally Stevens   Background Vocals
Craig Stull   Guitar
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
Roy Wiegand   Trumpet
John Wittenberg   Strings
Terry Young   Background Vocals
Bill Armstrong   Flugelhorn
Matt Laug   Drums
Matt Slocum   Guitar,Soloist
Emerson Hart   Guitar,Vocals
Shannon Sanders   Organ
Sandra Jensen   Strings
Forest Robinson   Percussion,Drums
M.B. Gordy   Drums

Technical Credits

Nina Simone   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Brian Wilson   Composer,Producer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Rod Argent   Composer
Don Everly   Composer
Phil Everly   Composer
Charles Trénet   Composer
Ray Davies   Composer
Ed Cobb   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
Bob Feldman   Composer
Jerry Goldstein   Composer
Richard Gottehrer   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Danny Pelfrey   Programming,Producer
Shel Talmy   Producer
Greg Townley   Sound Design
Johnny Pate   Arranger,Producer
Kathy Nelson   Executive of Soundtracks
Ronald White   Composer
Gavin Lurssen   Mastering
Mark Nash   Producer,Engineer
Emerson Hart   Composer,Producer
Gregory Sill   Executive Producer
Roosevelt Jamison   Composer
Michele Horie   Artwork
Roger Christian   Composer
Pamela Neal   Programming,Sound Design

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American Dreams: Original Soundtrack 1963-1964 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm glad they came out with an album and the songs were terrific, but they should of have ALL the guest artists on the CD. I'm dissapointed they didn't have Nick Carter on here. But other than that, this CD is rocking!
Guest More than 1 year ago
NBC’s freshman drama has smartly captured the turbulence of the early 60s and its impact on America. But unlike the suburban flight that was celebrated on "The Wonder Years," "American Dreams" is mired in the tensions of inner-city, inter-racial Philadelphia, a metropolis that still claimed ownership of American Bandstand. And it’s that ownership (and Dick Clark’s production of the TV series) that provides one of the show’s innovative dramatic conceits. ¶ By casting two of the main characters as Bandstand regulars, the music of the era, and especially its transitions (Girlgroups, British Invasion, Motown, et. al), have become the show’s guiding continuity (or discontinuity, if you want to nit-pick the historical accuracy of the song selections). Further, as a lure to the latest MTV generation, the producers have restaged classic Bandstand performances with modern artists, several of which are included here. This CD is a good overview of the show’s musical offerings, including s an extended (or more likely original, un-edited) version of the show’s theme song (the sensational Searchers meet the Byrds "Generation" by Tonic’s Emerson Hart), eight original hits, and six re-creations. ¶ At first, Hart’s full-length theme song seems overlong compared to the familiar, edited TV rendition, but a few spins reveals the charms of the additional lyrics and 12-string guitar interlude. The original artist hits, widely anthologized elsewhere, provide good continuity for the recreations, with highlights that include an expansive stereo mix of The Impressions’ "People Get Ready" and Otis Redding’s incendiary, soulful "That’s How Strong My Love Is." The closing electric folk-rock mix of Simon and Garfunkel’s "The Sounds of Silence" having been released in 1965, and a hit in early 1966, is misplaced here -- the straight 1964 acoustic version would have been a better fit. ¶ The re-staged hits offer a few stand-outs, chief among them India.Arie’s mesmerizing crawl through Nina Simone’s "Come Ye." The sparse accompaniment of congas and organ stabs adds terrific drama to Arie’s vocal. B2K featuring Marques Houston perform a letter-perfect take of "My Girl," which, though remarkably similar to the original, generates its own spark. Ditto for Vivian Green’s run through Brenda Holloway’s "Every Little Bit Hurts" - confident and soulful. ¶ Duncan Shiek gives a performance of "Beyond the Sea" that’s more of an actor’s play on Bobby Darin’s ring-a-ding-ding style than a singer’s cover. Stacie Orrico’s reworking of The Angels’ "My Boyfriend’s Back" is more notable for her background singers (series stars Brittany Snow and Vanessa Lengies) than for Orrico’s own performance, and weakest of the lot is Vanessa Carlton’s cover of "Wishin’ and Hopin’," which shows none of the sophistication that Dusty Springfield brought to the original. ¶ Licensing restrictions no doubt scotched several other TV performances from making the CD compilation (e.g., LeAnn Rimes, Usher, and Nick Carter). Still, this is a nice souvenir of the show’s first season, and well timed to help fans through summer withdrawal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I wasn't alive during the 1960's, I feel like I was a part of that generation. They do a wonderful job of portraying not only the music and happy times, but the racial inequality, and the tough inner city life of the whites as well as the minorities. This is my favorite show on tv right now, and I cannot wait for the 2nd season. I think it is great that Dick Clark decided to use today's artists to sing the songs of yesterday. Thumbs up to Dick Clark.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just bought this cd today, and have listened to it twice already. I really enjoyed the first season of "American Dreams" and cannot wait for the new season to begin. I also like that the cd includes an extended version of the theme song "Generation" which I find myself singing everytime the show comes on. Although I wasn't alive then, the music of the 60's is a great library of what when on during that time. The cd includes some of the more fun songs like "My Girl", "My Boyfriend's Back", and "Don't Worry Baby" (one of my favorites) and concludes with Simon and Garfunkel's masterful "The Sound of Silence". The music reflected on the time, and this album does exactly that.