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High Fidelity [Original Soundtrack]

High Fidelity [Original Soundtrack]

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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


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.

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
Hollywood Records


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
Kinks   Track Performer
Love   Track Performer
Harry Nilsson   Vocals,Track Performer
Attractions   Track Performer
Royal Tramps   Track Performer
Smog   Track Performer
13th Floor Elevators   Track Performer
Stereolab   Track Performer
Jack Black   Track Performer
Belle and Sebastian   Track Performer
Lisa Bonet   Track Performer

Technical Credits

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
Beta Band   Producer
Sheila Nicholls   Producer
Adam   Producer
Alan Wistanley   Producer

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High Fidelity [Original Soundtrack] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If i didn't already own every single album on this soundtrack i would buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i liked it it was ver ver very different
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago