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American Splendor Import, Enhanced, Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (Aug. 1 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Enhanced, Soundtrack
  • Label: Watertower Music
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000A59VN
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

1. Paniots Nine - Joe Maneri
2. Blue Devil Jump - Jay McShann
3. Chasin' Rainbows - R. Crumb & His Cheap Suit Serenaders
4. On The Sunny Side Of The Street - Lester Young/Oscar Peterson Trio
5. Oh, Lady Be Good - Dizzy Gillespie
6. Ain't That Peculiar - Marvin Gaye
7. Looking Suite: Shortest Weekend, The / After Alice (So Sweet, So Sad)
8. Stardust - Dizzy Gillespie
9. Hula Medley - R. Crumb & His Cheap Suit Serenaders
10. T'aint Nobody's Bizness If I Do - Jay McShann
11. My Favorite Things - John Coltrane
12. Time Passes Strangely: Cancer Treatment / Retirement Party
13. Ain't That Peculiar - Chocolate Genius

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By R.G.F. on Sept. 25 2003
Format: Audio CD
Here's something useful, the track listing:
Paniots Nine- Joe Maneri
Blue Devil Jump - Jay McShann
Chasin' Rainbows - R. Crumb and His Cheap Suit Serenaders
On the Sunny Side of the Street - Lester Young and the Oscar Peterson Trio
Oh, Lady Be Good - Dizzy Gillespie
Ain't that Peculiar - Marvin Gaye
Longing Suite: The Shortest Weekend/After Alice (So Sweet, So Sad) - Mark Suozzo
Stardust - Dizzy Gillespie
Hula Medley - R. Crumb and his Cheap Suit Serenaders
T'Aint Nobody's Bizness (If I Do) - Jay McShann
My Favorite Things - John Coltrane
Time Passes Strangely:(Cancer Treatment/Retirement Party)
Ain't that Peculiar - Chocolate Genius
It does strike me as odd that unlike virtually every other CD here on amazon.com, there is no track listing for this album. Does this have anything to do with the fact that the title track - which I do like - is not included?
Either way, the tracks that ARE included on the album are nothing to get too excited about, not much representation for the obscure "sides" Pekar's known for collecting.
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Dear Idaho Guy,
Congratulations, you've hit the lottery of life. You should go back to where you saw "Splendor" and sue them but good for the bump you obviously took to the head while leaving the theater. If not that, you can at least get your money back from that high-falutin' film study course you must have taken somewhere along the line. I mean, do you wear a corduroy sport coat, or what?
Do you really think that putting a song in a film - then taking it out of the soundtrack - was really some kind of message, and not just an editorial error? Do you really believe that it was some kind of code that only the truly dialed-in, such as yourself, would be able to decipher? Do you really think that out of everyone who took the time to see the film and write reviews in this forum, that you were the only one who actually "got it?" Do you really think all of us sat through the entire film, regardless of any familiarity with Harvey Pekar, and although we enjoyed it, we entirely missed the point, or rather one of many points, that the film and the characters, both fictive and real, were sort of, well . . . non-Hollywood?
As much as I appreciate your taking the time to educate me in the nuances of film viewing - "ignorant fan" that I am, I think I may have figured out that particularly subtle and understated point all on my own. What I can't figure out is how you have somehow connected this outsider, non-Hollywood stance of the film with the plain old poor decision to cut the title song from the soundtrack. Color me crazy, but I somehow thought that putting the Mirsky appearance in the film was sort of a non-Hollywood gesture in itself. I mean, it wasn't exactly Madonna in the new James Bond movie, was it? Did you think that William S.
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It is pretty clear that all of my fellow critics have seen the movie since your reviews all point to a certain event in the movie, the scene with the song American Splendor. It is also clear that you missed the point of the entire film, and thus the soundtrack as well. I must say that this was the most hilarious scene in the entire movie. Harvey writes comics about his ordinary mundane American life. The play about his life is clearly meant to be ironic because the actors in the play act nothing like Harvey and his wife. The climax of the scene, and the moment of pure hilarity, is when this pop band starts playing this very sappy pop song which draws the watcher in on some broad unspecified emotional level. Harvey does not walk down the street with this song in his head being overwhelmed by this ridiculous all encompassing emotion. It is just another regurgitation of the "Hollywood Bull" he spent the entire movie developing a stance against.
A soundtrack should be a musical outlet for the creative message the movie has set forth, and this soundtrack accomplishes just that. Thus the fact that this track is not on the album is the very reason I will buy it. Don't whine that you didn't get your pop fix on this soundtrack, there is a time and place for everything. If some producer had decided to put that track on this album to please ignorant fans and to make a few more bucks, it would have obliterated everything the movie stood for. If you enjoyed the movie as well as understood it, then disregard all the other reviews for this album because the writers are exactly the people which Harvey would despise.
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The review posted right before this one bitterly criticizes the title song "American Splendor," which is not on the album as "Hollywood Bull." Wait a minute...A song by an indie songwriter, who's contributed songs to other indie films like "Happiness" and "The Tao of Steve" (produced by the same producers as "Splendor") would be too commercial, but two versions of "Ain't that Peculiar" is somehow artistically pure? Obviously, it's a matter of personal judgment as to whether the song "American Splendor" is in fact "sappy," but to label those who enjoy the song "ignorant" is the height of arrogance. And anyone who knows anything about show business knows that the soundtrack album was not put together in the idealistic way described by the Idahoan reviewer beneath me.
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