Saturday Night Live: 25 Years, Vol. 1

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Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
Heavy on singer-songwriters and baby-boomer faves, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: 25 YEARS OF MUSICAL PERFORMANCES, VOL. 1 is music for the Bill Murray generation. Featuring James Taylor, the Grateful Dead, Tom Petty, and Eric Clapton, its highlights include Randy Newman's "I Love L.A." and Paul Simon's GRACELAND classic "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes." But most unforgettable is Elvis Costello's legendarily scathing 1977 performance. Apparently infuriated by the arrogance of the cast members, and quite drunk, Elvis shook up the audience by suddenly cutting from the safe "Less Than Zero" to his scathing media indictment, "Radio, Radio." A true ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
Heavy on singer-songwriters and baby-boomer faves, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: 25 YEARS OF MUSICAL PERFORMANCES, VOL. 1 is music for the Bill Murray generation. Featuring James Taylor, the Grateful Dead, Tom Petty, and Eric Clapton, its highlights include Randy Newman's "I Love L.A." and Paul Simon's GRACELAND classic "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes." But most unforgettable is Elvis Costello's legendarily scathing 1977 performance. Apparently infuriated by the arrogance of the cast members, and quite drunk, Elvis shook up the audience by suddenly cutting from the safe "Less Than Zero" to his scathing media indictment, "Radio, Radio." A true punk-rock moment if ever there was one.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Since its debut in October 1975, Saturday Night Live has always prominently featured musical acts and during its lengthy history, there have been a number of remarkable performances -- so many, as a matter of fact, that it's hard to believe that a collection of musical highlights wasn't released until the fall of 1999. Two volumes of musical performances containing 15 tracks apiece, were released simultaneously that year, purportedly to celebrate SNL's 25th anniversary yes, it actually coincided with their 24th birthday, but jumping the gun is part of the show's history -- they celebrated their 20th anniversary on their 19th. Given that so much music has aired on the show, it's inevitable that some favorites are missing -- whether it's the Replacements' legendary drunken appearance or Simon & Garfunkel's reunion. Still, most of the featured tracks on Saturday Night Live: 25 Years, Vol. 1 are pretty great. The most notorious of all is Elvis Costello's "Radio Radio," which he performed after being warned by the network not to sing it, but it's not the only highlight here -- Paul Simon's "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes," Sting's "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You," Jewel's "Who Will Save Your Soul," Lenny Kravitz's "Are You Gonna Go My Way," Tom Petty's "Honey Bee," the Grateful Dead's "Casey Jones," Billy Joel's "Only the Good Die Young," David Bowie's "Scary Monsters And Super Creeps," and Randy Newman's "I Love LA" are all worth the price of admission. It is true that the collection leans a little too heavily on '90s material which makes sense, since it was released in the '90s, but as the start of a hopefully long-running series of compilations, it's very good indeed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/2001
  • Label: One Way Records Inc
  • UPC: 600445020528
  • Catalog Number: 50205

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes - Paul Simon (5:55)
  2. 2 If I Ever Lose My Faith in You - Sting (4:23)
  3. 3 Wonderful Tonight (6:44)
  4. 4 Round Here (5:22)
  5. 5 Why (5:03)
  6. 6 Secret O' Life (3:52)
  7. 7 Who Will Save Your Soul - Jewel (4:27)
  8. 8 Are You Gonna Go My Way (3:48)
  9. 9 Honey Bee (4:58)
  10. 10 Casey Jones (3:35)
  11. 11 What Would You Say (3:44)
  12. 12 Only the Good Die Young (3:42)
  13. 13 Radio, Radio (3:07)
  14. 14 Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (4:37)
  15. 15 I Love L.A. (3:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Bowie Track Performer
Elvis Costello Track Performer
Grateful Dead Track Performer
Billy Joel Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Track Performer
Rickie Lee Jones Track Performer
Lenny Kravitz Track Performer
Randy Newman Track Performer
Tom Petty Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Paul Simon Track Performer
James Taylor Track Performer
Neil Young Track Performer
Dave Matthews Track Performer
Annie Lennox Track Performer
Joshua Redman Saxophone
Counting Crows Track Performer
Eric Clapton Track Performer
Technical Credits
Michael Kamen Composer
Eric Clapton Composer
Bob Liftin Engineer
Michael Ostin Executive Producer
David Wild Liner Notes
Jay Vicari Engineer
Scott Schachter Engineer
Steven Baker Creative Consultant
Emily Lazar Mastering
Ryan Shiraki Executive Producer
Robert Smith Creative Consultant
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