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American Graffiti

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/1993
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 076732800126
  • Catalog Number: 8001
  • Sales rank: 9,045

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley (2:12)
  2. 2 Sixteen Candles (2:52)
  3. 3 Runaway (2:19)
  4. 4 Why Do Fools Fall in Love? - Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers (2:20)
  5. 5 That'll Be the Day (2:17)
  6. 6 Fannie Mae (2:58)
  7. 7 At the Hop - Continental Kids (2:29)
  8. 8 She's So Fine - Continental Kids (2:24)
  9. 9 The Stroll (2:29)
  10. 10 See You in September (2:10)
  11. 11 Surfin' Safari (2:07)
  12. 12 (He's) The Great Imposter (2:13)
  13. 13 Almost Grown (2:22)
  14. 14 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (2:40)
  15. 15 Little Darlin' (2:10)
  16. 16 Peppermint Twist - Joey Dee & the Starliters (2:04)
  17. 17 Barbara Ann - The Regents (2:11)
  18. 18 Book of Love (2:20)
  19. 19 Maybe Baby (2:03)
  20. 20 Ya Ya (2:27)
  21. 21 The Great Pretender (2:38)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ain't That a Shame (2:26)
  2. 2 Johnny B. Goode (2:42)
  3. 3 I Only Have Eyes for You (3:24)
  4. 4 Get a Job - The Silhouettes (2:48)
  5. 5 To the Aisle (2:46)
  6. 6 Do You Wanna Dance (2:35)
  7. 7 Party Doll - Buddy Knox (2:13)
  8. 8 Come Go with Me (2:42)
  9. 9 You're Sixteen (1:58)
  10. 10 Love Potion No. 9 (1:53)
  11. 11 Since I Don't Have You - The Skyliners (2:38)
  12. 12 Chantilly Lace (2:22)
  13. 13 Teen Angel (2:42)
  14. 14 Crying in the Chapel - Sonny Til & the Orioles (3:04)
  15. 15 A Thousand Miles Away (2:27)
  16. 16 Heart and Soul (1:53)
  17. 17 Green Onions - Booker T. & the MG's (2:26)
  18. 18 Only You (And You Alone) (2:42)
  19. 19 Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight (2:45)
  20. 20 All Summer Long (2:08)
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Album Credits

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

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    American Graffiti

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The greatest Rock'n'Roll soundtrack

    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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