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Outside Providence
     

Outside Providence

 
The '70s-soundtrack craze continues apace with the music from OUTSIDE PROVIDENCE, the latest movie from the Farrelly brothers (THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY), who cowrote the screenplay about a blue-collar kid in a snooty Rhode Island boarding school. You've heard all this stuff before, repeatedly; while many of the current mess of '70s soundtracks make a point of

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The '70s-soundtrack craze continues apace with the music from OUTSIDE PROVIDENCE, the latest movie from the Farrelly brothers (THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY), who cowrote the screenplay about a blue-collar kid in a snooty Rhode Island boarding school. You've heard all this stuff before, repeatedly; while many of the current mess of '70s soundtracks make a point of unearthing some long-forgotten and really cool track that you haven't heard in a while, the most obscure that OUTSIDE PROVIDENCE gets is King Harvest's unapologetically twee "Dancin' in the Moonlight." In general, it's much like listening to a then-newfangled, multigenre FM radio station from the era (and to its credit, the soundtrack features the uncut album versions of all these songs, most of which appeared in drastically truncated form on AM radio as well.) There's hard rock (the Who's magisterial "Won't Get Fooled Again" and Ten Years After's amusingly dated "I'd Love to Change the World"), prog rock (the tough, little minisymphony "Roundabout" by Yes), and mellow rock (the Eagles' annoyingly smug "Take It Easy," Steely Dan's enigmatic, tropics-touched "Do It Again"). There are also Beatles-reload classics (Paul McCartney and Wings' "Band on the Run," Badfinger's "No Matter What"), folkish-rockish classics (the Doobie Brothers' "Long Train Runnin'"), and Brit rock classics (Free's always pleasurable "All Right Now"). And for the truly ironic at heart, OUTSIDE PROVIDENCE closes with Lynyrd Skynyrd's deathless "Free Bird," the song that launched ten thousand mid '70s dorm-room parties.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Even though it was directed by Michael Corrente, Outside Providence is the Farrelly Brothers' coming-of-age story; it was co-written by the brothers and Corrente, based on a novel Peter Farrelly wrote. Unlike the duo's previous hit comedy There's Something About Mary, Outside Providence is a period piece, set in the early '70s, which means that its soundtrack can be filled with classic rock favorites. And it is. There's not a song here that isn't regularly on either oldies or classic rock stations or regularly heard on TV commercials (the possible exception is Ten Years After's "I'd Love to Change the World," which isn't aired all that often). So, predictable it may be, but the soundtrack is still entertaining, since each of the 12 songs -- including "Won't Get Fooled Again," "Band on the Run," "Take It Easy," "Do You Know What I Mean," "Do It Again," "All Right Now," "Roundabout," "Dancin' in the Moonlight," "No Matter What" and "Free Bird" -- are quite strong. It will be a nice souvenir for fans of the film, but anyone looking for a solid sampler of early-'70s AM pop and album-rock hits will enjoy the soundtrack as well.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/1999
Label:
Giant Records / Wea
UPC:
0075992472128
catalogNumber:
24721

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Badfinger   Track Performer
Doobie Brothers   Track Performer
Eagles   Track Performer
Free   Track Performer
Lynyrd Skynyrd   Track Performer
Paul McCartney   Track Performer
Steely Dan   Track Performer
Ten Years After   Track Performer
Who   Track Performer
Yes   Track Performer
King Harvest   Track Performer
Lee Michaels   Track Performer
Wings   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Kooper   Producer
Paul McCartney   Producer
Paul Rodgers   Composer
Who   Producer
Yes   Producer
Andy Fraser   Composer
Lee Michaels   Producer
Jeffrey Aldrich   Producer
Mal Evans   Producer
Glyn Johns   Producer
Pete Ham   Composer
Larry Jacobson   Producer
Gary Katz   Producer
John Kelly   Producer
Eddy Offord   Producer
Ted Templeman   Producer
Chris Wright   Producer
Peter Afterman   Producer

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