High Fidelity [Original Soundtrack]

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
Any list of the top five novels about rock 'n' roll should include Nick Hornby's High Fidelity, the story of an obsessive, list-making record-store owner and his dysfunctional relationships. Hornby set his novel in London and filled it with references to '60s American R&B and late '70s/early '80s British punk, but the film version, relocated to Chicago and starring John Cusack, obsesses on indie rock and its progenitors. The soundtrack plays like a mix-tape made by your favorite college-rock disc jockey, which means that this set has plenty of hipster cred. Of course, there are some well-known artists such as the Kinks, Bob Dylan, and Stevie Wonder, but not the ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
Any list of the top five novels about rock 'n' roll should include Nick Hornby's High Fidelity, the story of an obsessive, list-making record-store owner and his dysfunctional relationships. Hornby set his novel in London and filled it with references to '60s American R&B and late '70s/early '80s British punk, but the film version, relocated to Chicago and starring John Cusack, obsesses on indie rock and its progenitors. The soundtrack plays like a mix-tape made by your favorite college-rock disc jockey, which means that this set has plenty of hipster cred. Of course, there are some well-known artists such as the Kinks, Bob Dylan, and Stevie Wonder, but not the obvious hits you've heard ad nauseum. The soundtrack includes two Velvet Underground songs "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'" and "Who Loves the Sun" and several contemporary VU disciples, including Smog and Stereolab the latter's "Lo Boob Oscillator" might make some music geeks' list of the Top Five Songs of the '90s. For historical cachet, the soundtrack includes '60s nuggets from the Thirteenth Floor Elevators and Love, but it balances the distant past with an Elvis Costello ballad "Shipbuilding" and current trendy Brits the Beta Band "Dry the Rain". You can imagine your music geek friend urging, "You gotta hear this song, it's great!" before every song on High Fidelity, and more often than not, she'd be right.
All Music Guide - Derrick Mathis
Gen X rock buffs can revel in nostalgia with the High Fidelity soundtrack. The film centers on the romantic escapades of record-store owner and ex-club DJ Rob Gordon John Cusack and his full-time obsession with music. Since High Fidelity has as much to do with vinyl addiction as it does with the difficulties of love, great care has been taken with its selection of tracks, a solidly eccentric collection of heartache-heavy pop gems ranging from obscure '60s bands and groundbreaking artists like "the Velvet Underground" and Bob Dylan, to Stevie Wonder and Stereolab. As in the film, there's a method to the compilers' elitist rock-geek madness. Even co-star Jack Black's schlocky blue-eyed cover of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" doesn't seem out of place. The inspired screeches of acid-fried '60s singer-songwriter Roky Erickson's "You're Gonna Miss Me" set the pace for the musing, hangdog tone of the album. Besides the joyous licks of the Kinks' "Everybody's Gonna Be Happy" and Royal Trux's hybrid of hip-hip, techno, and aggressive rock on "Inside Game," the bulk of the set is composed of moody folk-rock tunes like Dylan's exquisite "Most of the Time" and the Velvets' "Oh! Sweet Nuthin." Other noteworthy tracks include Love's "Always See Your Face," the Beta Band's "Dry the Rain," Elvis Costello's wistful "Shipbuilding," the stinging irony of Smog's "Cold Blooded Old Times," and Stevie Wonder's soulful optimism on "I Believe When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever." It's a fine, complementary batch of tunes that not only enhances the film's mood but is integral to its theme, and, as High Fidelity's Rob Gordon would agree, it'll go down as one of the top five soundtracks released in 2000.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/2000
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 720616218827
  • Catalog Number: 162188

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You're Gonna Miss Me (2:28)
  2. 2 Everybody's Gonna Be Happy (2:18)
  3. 3 I'm Wrong About Everything (3:36)
  4. 4 Oh! Sweet Nuthin' - The Velvet Underground (7:27)
  5. 5 Always See Your Face - Love (3:21)
  6. 6 Most of the Time (5:03)
  7. 7 Fallen for You (3:16)
  8. 8 Dry the Rain (6:05)
  9. 9 Shipbuilding - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (4:53)
  10. 10 Cold Blooded Old Times - Smog (4:12)
  11. 11 Let's Get It On - Jack Black (4:27)
  12. 12 Lo Boob Oscillator (6:36)
  13. 13 Inside Game - Royal Trux (3:42)
  14. 14 Who Loves the Sun - The Velvet Underground (2:46)
  15. 15 I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever) (4:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Costello Track Performer
Bob Dylan Track Performer
John Wesley Harding Track Performer
Joan Jett Track Performer
Elton John Track Performer
The Kinks Track Performer
Love Track Performer
Harry Nilsson Vocals, Track Performer
The Attractions Track Performer
Royal Tramps Track Performer
Smog Track Performer
The 13th Floor Elevators Track Performer
Stereolab Track Performer
Jack Black Track Performer
Belle and Sebastian Track Performer
Lisa Bonet Track Performer
Technical Credits
The Velvet Underground Producer
Clive Langer Producer
Gary Burnette Producer
Gordon Bynum Producer
James Harrah Producer
Geoffrey Haslam Producer
Daniel Lanois Producer
Sterling Morrison Composer
Jim O'Rourke Producer
Moe Tucker Composer
Stevie Wonder Producer
Doug Yule Composer
Shel Kagan Producer
Chris Allison Producer
Bill Callahan Producer
Kathy Nelson Executive Producer
Mitchell Leib Executive of Soundtracks
The Beta Band Producer
Sheila Nicholls Producer
Adam Producer
Alan Wistanley Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very, Very, Good

    If i didn't already own every single album on this soundtrack i would buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Super soundtrack!!

    I love the soundtrack most for the cuts by Dylan, Wonder and the song, Let's Get it on. But with each listening I have come to appreciate most of the rest of the selections as well. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    VERY GOOD! Not what I expected.

    Top five reasons why this cd seemed unappealing at first listen: 1) I don't know any of the songs; 2) with all the great lists of music in the movie why choose these songs; 3) where is Lisa Bonet?; 4) not a very good sampling of the songs presented in the movie.; 5) WHOAH! Hold up. Let me listen to that again! This soundtrack is actually REALLY GOOD! I especially like tracks 3, 7, 11, and 15. Shellia Nichols has a fantastic voice. I'll be buying her cd very soon, Oh what classics. This cd is worth a second, third and fourth, etc. listens. I highly recommend this cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointed

    The songs that are on this list are NOT all on the CD. In fact, when I got the CD I found that there are 15 songs on it, not 14, and though they added some, they took some of the best ones out. Notable songs NOT on the CD: Walking on Sunshine, Crimson and Clover, Heart of Glass, Baby I Love Your Way, and Crocodile Rock. That takes this CD from a 5 star to a 2 star in my book, and that's being generous.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    well that is a mix-up

    i liked it it was ver ver very different

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2010

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