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Shout! Factory's compilation The Simpsons: Testify spotlights material culled from award-winning composer Alf Clausen and features the unmistakable voices of America?s most beloved TV family: Homer (Dan Castellaneta), Marge (Julie Kavner), Bart (Nancy Cartwright), Lisa (Yeardley Smith), and Springfield?s various townsfolk (Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer). The soundtrack kicks off with Danny Elfman's unforgettable main title theme and continues with a collection of the best songs from the last nine seasons of TV's longest-running prime-time comedy.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Simpsons: Testify is the third collection of original ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Shout! Factory's compilation The Simpsons: Testify spotlights material culled from award-winning composer Alf Clausen and features the unmistakable voices of America’s most beloved TV family: Homer (Dan Castellaneta), Marge (Julie Kavner), Bart (Nancy Cartwright), Lisa (Yeardley Smith), and Springfield’s various townsfolk (Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer). The soundtrack kicks off with Danny Elfman's unforgettable main title theme and continues with a collection of the best songs from the last nine seasons of TV's longest-running prime-time comedy.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Simpsons: Testify is the third collection of original songs and music from the television series, covering music heard on the series' tenth through 18th seasons. It takes its title from a gospel number from the 2000 episode "Faith Off," and there are a few other church-inspired numbers, including the Christian country-rock jibe "He's the Man" with Shawn Colvin on vocals, but this is hardly a theme collection. Like any average episode of The Simpsons, Testify hops all over the place, flitting from style to style, all illustrating composer/conductor Alf Clausen's uncanny ability to simultaneously pay homage and parody. If there are no outright classics along the lines of "Monorail" here, there's a bunch to enjoy, including the Sinatra swipe "Jellyfish," the medley "Everybody Hates Ned Flanders," and "They'll Never Stop the Simpsons," a sly parody of "We Didn't Start the Fire." Also, there are several big-name cameos here -- Los Lobos doing the end credits, Weird Al singing the "Jack & Diane" parody "Homer & Marge," David Byrne sitting in on "Everybody Hates Ned Flanders," Baha Men doing their one hit as "Who Wants a Haircut," Jackson Browne on "Marjorie," the B-52's on "Glove Slap," Shawn Colvin on "He's the Man," and two Ricky Gervais numbers -- which are merely icing on the cake here, just as they are on the show. When it comes right down to it, Testify is only necessary for hardcore Simpsons fans, but they will surely find this worth the time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2007
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663105377
  • Catalog Number: 10537
  • Sales rank: 73,570

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 "The Simpsons" Main Title Theme - Alf Clausen Orchestra (1:23)
  2. 2 Testify - Julie Kavner (1:41)
  3. 3 The Very Reason That I Live/All Ends That's, Well/Hangin' in & Hangin' Out - Nancy Cartwright (2:28)
  4. 4 He's the Man - Yeardley Smith (2:02)
  5. 5 Stretch Dude and Clobber Girl - Yeardley Smith (0:45)
  6. 6 "The Simpsons" End Credit Theme - Los Lobos (0:41)
  7. 7 Ode to Branson - Amick Bryam (2:01)
  8. 8 Sold Separately - Harry Shearer (0:47)
  9. 9 Island of Sirens - Dan Castellaneta (0:53)
  10. 10 They'll Never Stop the Simpsons - Dan Castellaneta (1:16)
  11. 11 You're a Bunch of Stuff - Yeardley Smith (1:50)
  12. 12 What Do I Think of the Pie? - Yeardley Smith (0:39)
  13. 13 Baby Stink Breath/Arrow Quivers - Yeardley Smith (0:30)
  14. 14 Tastes Like Liberty - Mark Campbell (1:14)
  15. 15 Jellyfish - Julie Kavner (1:40)
  16. 16 Homer & Marge - Yeardley Smith (1:49)
  17. 17 "Everybody Hates Ned Flanders" Medley: Flanders Is His Name/Everybody H - Julie Kavner (4:11)
  18. 18 I Love to Walk/Homer's Car Struck - Julie Kavner (1:27)
  19. 19 Marjorie - Julie Kavner (2:19)
  20. 20 "The President Wore Pearls" Medley: Vote for a Winner/I Am Their Queen/ - Yeardley Smith (6:01)
  21. 21 Glove Slap - The B-52s (1:24)
  22. 22 O Pruny Night - Yeardley Smith (0:47)
  23. 23 America (I Love This Country) - Mark Campbell (1:07)
  24. 24 America Rules - Yeardley Smith (1:25)
  25. 25 Welcome to Moe's - Yeardley Smith (1:16)
  26. 26 We Are the Jockeys/I Like This Place - What Is This Place? - Tress MacNeillie (1:36)
  27. 27 Song of Shelbyville - Yeardley Smith (1:10)
  28. 28 "A Star Is Torn" Medley: I'm Talkin' Springfield/My Kitty Died/Always M - Yeardley Smith (4:31)
  29. 29 Who Wants a Haircut? - Yeardley Smith (1:07)
  30. 30 "My Fair Laddie" Medley: Adequate/Not on My Clothes/Repeat After Me/Blu - Yeardley Smith (6:25)
  31. 31 Springfield Blows - Alf Clausen Orchestra (0:36)
  32. 32 "King of Cats" Itchy & Scratchy Medley: Tune-Up/"King of Cats" Opening/ - Yeardley Smith (3:40)
  33. 33 Lady - Julie Kavner (1:36)
  34. 34 You Make Me Laugh - Julie Kavner (0:26)
  35. 35 Lady Riff - Ricky Gervais (0:35)
  36. 36 Poppa, Can You Hear Me? - Nancy Cartwright (0:49)
  37. 37 "Yokel Chords" Medley: Oh, How Do We?/Motivate Them/Cultural Things Exp - Studio Singers (3:55)
  38. 38 Hullaba Lula - Kelsey Grammer (0:52)
  39. 39 Song of the Wild Beasts - Dan Castellaneta (0:52)
  40. 40 Dancing Workers' Song - Edie Lehmann-Boddicker (1:15)
  41. 41 Oldies and Nudies - Alf Clausen Orchestra (1:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Simpsons Primary Artist
Jackson Browne Track Performer
David Byrne Track Performer
Shawn Colvin Track Performer
Steve Kujala Woodwind
Ralph Grierson Keyboards
Marilyn Baker Viola
Richard Todd French Horn
Kelsey Grammer Track Performer
Murray Adler Violin, Concert Master
Dale Anderson Percussion
Israel Baker Violin
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Bobby Bruce Violin
Jodi Burnett Cello
Amick Byram Vocals, Track Performer
Lee Callet Woodwind
Alvin Chea Vocals
Jon Clarke Woodwind
Larry Corbett Cello
Randy Crenshaw Vocals, Track Performer
Isabelle Daskoff Violin
Donna Davidson Vocals
Brian Dembow Viola
Joel Derouin Violin
Harold Dicterow Violin
George Doering Guitar
Assa Drori Violin
Arni Egilsson Bass
Dennis Farias Trumpet
Roger Freeland Vocals
David Frisina Violin
Armen Garabedian Violin
Berj Garabedian Violin
Pamela Gates Violin
Gene Morford Vocals
Dominic Genova Bass
Jim Gilstrap Vocals, Track Performer
Pamela Goldsmith Viola
Harris Goldman Violin
John Goux Guitar
Endre Granat Violin
Gary Grant Trumpet
Jules "Stix" Greenberg Percussion
Susan Greenberg Woodwind
Terry Harrington Baritone Saxophone, Soloist
Gary Herbig Woodwind
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Dan Higgins Woodwind
Ralph Humphrey Percussion
Clydene Jackson Vocals
John Thomas Johnson Tuba
Alan Kaplan Trombone
Peter Kent Violin, Concert Master
Myra Kestenbaum Viola
Jerome Kessler Cello
Katie Kirkpatrick Harp
Ray Kramer Cello
Bernard Kundell Violin
Janet Lakatos Viola
Michael Lang Keyboards
Warren Luening Trumpet
Tress MacNeille Track Performer
Michael Markman Violin
Gordon Marron Strings Violin
Timothy May Guitar
Gene Merlino Vocals, Track Performer
Jorge Moraga Viola
Carole Mukogawa Viola
Ira Nepus Trombone
Don Palmer Violin
Claudia Parducci Violin
Joel Peskin Woodwind
Darryl Phinnessee Vocals
Morris Repass Trombone
Rick Riccio Track Performer
Gale Robinson French Horn
Richard Ruttenberg Keyboards
Carl Saunders Trumpet
Danny Seidenberg Viola
Harry Shirinian Viola
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Sally Stevens Vocals, Track Performer
Rob Summers Trumpet
Joel Timm Woodwind
Carmen Twillie Vocals
John VanHouten Trombone
Alan Vavrin Percussion
Brad Warnaar French Horn
Dorothy Wade Violin
Randy Waldman Keyboards
Maxine Willard Waters Vocals
Oren Waters Vocals, Track Performer
Ann White Vocals
Jerry Whitman Vocals
John Wittenberg Violin
John Yoakum Woodwind
Tibor Zelig Violin
Mihail Zinovyev Viola
Vincent DeRosa French Horn
Harry Shearer Track Performer
Gayle Levant Harp
Robert H. Carr Woodwind
David Riddles Woodwind
Andrew Shulman Cello
Julia Waters Vocals
Tom Boyd Woodwind
Alf Clausen Conductor, Vocals
Archie Levin Viola
Niki Magee Violin
Dennis "Cannonball" Caplinger Banjo
Russi Taylor Track Performer
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Bob Joyce Vocals, Track Performer
Lou McCreary Trombone
Hank Azaria Track Performer
Steve Buscemi Track Performer
Julie Kavner Track Performer
Timothy Landauer Cello
Calabria McChesney Violin
Michael Watts Keyboards
Steven Gordon Viola
Dan Castellaneta Track Performer
Nancy Cartwright Track Performer
Yeardley Smith Track Performer
Scott Clausen Keyboards
Larry Hall Trumpet
Songa Lee Violin
Nicholas Harper Vocals
Aaron Page Vocals
Emily Charouhas Vocals
Chelsea Di Blasi Vocals
Ricky Gervais Track Performer
Michael Mathews Cello
Raymond Kelley Cello
John D. Mitchell Woodwind
Mark Campbell Vocals
Karolina Naziemiec Viola
James Atkinson French Horn
Douglas Lyons French Horn
Rich Logan Vocals, Track Performer
Bob Zimmitti Percussion
Louise di Tullio Woodwind
Jon Lewis Trumpet
Charles Boito Woodwind
Raymond Tischer Viola
Victoria Lanier Violin
Gary Gray Woodwind
Richard Shaw Bass
Technical Credits
Jackson Browne Composer
Danny Elfman Composer
Barry Manilow Composer
Michel Legrand Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Jack Feldman Composer
Brian Kelley Composer
John Mellencamp Composer
Don Payne Composer
Michael Price Composer
Rick Riccio Engineer
Bruce Sussman Composer
Alf Clausen Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes, Orchestration, Adaptation
Brad Dechter Orchestration
Mark Chalecki Mastering
Antonia Coffman Show Consultant
Robert L. Emmer Executive Producer
Jacquie Perryman Contributor
Matt Groening Artwork
Dana Gould Composer
Ardell Hake Sound Consultant
Dell Hake Orchestration
Anselm Douglas Composer
Chris Ledesma Audio Production
Travis Powers Sound Effects
Dan Castellaneta Composer
Traditional Composer
Tim Long Composer
Scott Clausen Orchestration
Ken Keeler Composer
Ricky Gervais Composer
Derek Dressler Executive Producer
Jeff Palo Producer, Audio Production
Matt Warburton Composer
Carol Farhat Audio Production
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