American Graffiti Highlights: 25th Anniversary Edition

American Graffiti Highlights: 25th Anniversary Edition

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One of the first films to use pop songs in place of traditional film scoring, George Lucas's American Graffiti saturated its soundtrack with vintage hits from the late '50s and early '60s.The soundtrack artists' roster reads like a rock and roll "Who's Who?" Tracks by Bill Haley, Del Shannon, Buddy Holly, See more details below

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One of the first films to use pop songs in place of traditional film scoring, George Lucas's American Graffiti saturated its soundtrack with vintage hits from the late '50s and early '60s.The soundtrack artists' roster reads like a rock and roll "Who's Who?" Tracks by Bill Haley, Del Shannon, Buddy Holly, The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, The Platters, Fats Domino, and The Del-Vikings, and a host of others are linked by atmospheric narration from the mythic d.j. Wolfman Jack. Although the songs and the film's images have become indelibly linked, the American Graffiti soundtrack works just as well as an independent collection of the period's finest pop music. Just don't be surprised if you feel compelled to head down to the local Sock Hop and grab a soda after listening to it.

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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
In 1998, the original two-album set gets reduced to a single compact-disc selection to coincide with the 25th anniversary re-release of the original motion picture American Graffiti -- hence this best-of compilation, a curious release in and of itself. Still utilizing voice-overs from the late disc jockey Wolfman Jack, who had a memorable cameo in the movie, American Graffiti Highlights: 25th Anniversary Edition pares the original two-disc set down to highlights from Chuck Berry ("Johnny B. Goode," "Almost Grown"), Buddy Holly ("That'll Be the Day," "Maybe Baby"), the Platters ("Only You," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"), great rocking one-shots from Fats Domino, Del Shannon, Johnny Burnette, Bill Haley, and the Beach Boys, and plenty of great doo wop from the Spaniels, the Skyliners, the Clovers, Dell Vikings, the Five Satins, the Flamingos, the Regents, and the Diamonds. Even in this truncated 20-track form, this is still one great little oldies compilation to add to the collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/08/1998
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008811187125
catalogNumber:
11871
Rank:
21374

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beach Boys   Track Performer
Chuck Berry   Track Performer
Clovers   Track Performer
Del Vikings   Track Performer
Diamonds   Track Performer
Buddy Holly   Track Performer
Platters   Track Performer
Del Shannon   Track Performer
Regents   Track Performer
Skyliners   Track Performer
Wolfman Jack   Vocals
Spaniels   Track Performer
Five Satins   Track Performer
Johnny Burnette   Track Performer
Fats Domino   Track Performer
Flamingos   Track Performer
Bill Haley & His Comets   Track Performer
Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Buddy Holly   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
Bill Inglot   Remastering
Lewis A. Martineé   Composer
Richard M. Sherman   Composer
Joe Rock   Composer
Stuart Wiener   Composer
Williams   Composer
Daniel Hersch   Remastering
Lennie Martin   Composer

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