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American Graffiti
     

American Graffiti

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The soundtrack to the George Lucas film about teenage life in a small California town in the early '60s was probably the best thing about the movie, featuring several dozen outstanding early rock & roll hits. There's nothing terribly obscure here -- in fact, most of these were big smashes -- but it's a good survey of rock's early days,

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The soundtrack to the George Lucas film about teenage life in a small California town in the early '60s was probably the best thing about the movie, featuring several dozen outstanding early rock & roll hits. There's nothing terribly obscure here -- in fact, most of these were big smashes -- but it's a good survey of rock's early days, ranging from superstars like Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, and the Beach Boys to great one-shots like the Monotones, the Tempos, and Buster Brown. Drawbacks: Wolfman Jack talks over the intros of a few songs, and there are a couple tracks by early-'70s Sha Na Na-type revivalists Flash Cadillac.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/1993
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0076732800126
catalogNumber:
8001
Rank:
11200

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buster Brown   Track Performer
Skyline   Track Performer
Beach Boys   Track Performer
Chuck Berry   Track Performer
Big Bopper   Track Performer
Booker T. & the MG's   Track Performer
Cleftones   Track Performer
Clovers   Track Performer
Crests   Track Performer
Del Vikings   Track Performer
Diamonds   Track Performer
Lee Dorsey   Track Performer
Fleetwoods   Track Performer
Bill Haley   Track Performer
Heartbeats   Track Performer
Buddy Holly   Track Performer
Buddy Knox   Track Performer
Frankie Lymon   Track Performer
Platters   Track Performer
Del Shannon   Track Performer
Regents   Track Performer
Flash Cadillac   Track Performer
Skyliners   Track Performer
Spaniels   Track Performer
Mark Dinning   Track Performer
Monotones   Track Performer
Five Satins   Track Performer
Jimmy Bowen   Track Performer
Johnny Burnette   Track Performer
Joey Dee   Track Performer
Fats Domino   Track Performer
Flamingos   Track Performer
Bobby Freeman   Track Performer
Orioles   Track Performer
Tempos   Track Performer
Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers   Track Performer
Joey Dee & the Starliters   Track Performer
Comets   Track Performer
Silhouette   Track Performer
Buddy Know   Track Performer
Continental Kids   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Lee Dorsey   Composer
Buddy Knox   Composer
Wolfman Jack   Introduction
Silhouettes   Contributor
Jimmy Bowen   Composer
Calvin Carter   Composer
Jackie DeShannon   Composer
James Hudson   Composer
Morris Levy   Composer
Clarence Lewis   Composer
Morgan Robinson   Composer
Sharon Sheeley   Composer
Jeff Walker   Liner Notes
Sonny Til   Contributor
David Willardson   Illustrations
J. Michael Walker   Original Liner Notes
Stuart Wiener   Composer

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American Graffiti 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
songs could be a bit longer!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The collection of songs on this CD is the best I have heard to date. The dialogues by Wolfman Jack make you truly feel that you have gone back in time. If you enjoy music in the era of the 50's and early 60's, then this is the CD for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Along with Pulp Fiction AG is one of the few truely classic soudtrack albums. AG succeeds where other soundtrack compilations fail for five reasons: 1) All the songs are classics that are appreciated by fans of music ranging from Punk to Country to Harder Rock to Classical. They have a raw Punk simplicity but the good taste of a well written and well performed standard. 2) AG mostly combines songs that are not attached to great albums. One bad point is that it does leave off Everyday and Well Allright by Buddy Holly. These are his good taste songs that are without the irritating and wimpy background vocals that were later added by the studio heads. Mostly AG includes artists with one to three big songs and artists with big songs that have inexplicably been left off Greatest Hits collections. As a result you are getting everything that you want on the one collection. No filler only killer. And almost all of the songs are ones you probably do not own. 3) The songs are varied but they all come from the same era and the same ideas. They form one mood that allows for tempo changes so the work does not sound moderate. In comparison most collections that contain a lot of strong songs are all over the place. In addition many collections miss key songs. 4) The Wolfman Jack edits help to turn AG into a concept work that flows as one piece. This is not a collection of unrelated songs that do not work well together. The humor- which also includes using work by groups like the Tempos- helps to make the recording both cool and hilarious. 5) Like Revolver by the Beatles this is a good taste work that can be used to make more "serious" collections (slow Standards, Classical) cooler and "cooler" collections (Metal, Alternative) more "serious". Because while you shouldn't let other people tell you what to like it is better to have a more diverse range of sounds in your collection. Like Rock could be key Metal, Rawer Folk, Beatnik Jazz, Stravinsky Classical, Surfer instrumental recordings and so on... Definatley one of the recordings that should be heard as a whole piece. Donny Wallace Navasota, TX.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm 12 years old and this may sound kind of odd but I love 50's music!!! American Graffiti is one if the best cds I have. I love the songs Runaway, Teen Angel, and Heart and Soul. This a great cd that I recommend(is that how that's spelled?), although I do wish it had a little more Dion and the Belmonts. I'm a big fan!!! Peace out ya'll!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This soundtrack has my kind of music, oldies! I love listening to them. They are classics! I also love dancing to them. This CD should be played at every school dance out there. My favorite songs on this CD are Rock Around the Clock, At the Hop, Runaway, Ya-Ya and Peppermint Twist. This CD is a great way to get people to feel good and alive again!
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