|1. (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley And The Comets|
|2. Sixteen Candles - The Crests|
|3. Runaway - Del Shannon|
|4. Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers|
|5. That'll Be The Day - Buddy Holly|
|6. Fanny Mae - Buster Brown|
|7. At The Hop - Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids|
|8. She's So Fine - Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids|
|9. The Stroll - The Diamonds|
|10. See You In September - The Tempos|
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|1. Ain't That A Shame - Fats Domino|
|2. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry|
|3. I Only Have Eyes For You - The Flamingos|
|4. Get A Job - The Silhouettes|
|5. To The Aisle - The Five Satins|
|6. Do You Wanna Dance - Bobby Freeman|
|7. Party Doll - Buddy Knox|
|8. Come Go With Me - The Del-Vikings|
|9. You're Sixteen-You're Beautiful (And You're Mine) - Johnny Burnette|
|10. Love Potion No. 9 - The Clovers|
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Just as John Williams Romantic-era stylings of his Star Wars scores opened my ears and mind to classical music at the age of 14, the songs of various artists featured in the soundtrack for 1973's George Lucas nostalgia-laced American Graffiti opened my heart and soul to the early rock 'n' roll and doo-wop of the late 1950s and early '60s. Having been born in 1963 into a household where only my older sister listened to such artists as The Beatles, Tom Jones and Englebert Humperdinck, it was only in the days of "Happy Days" (a TV sitcom that was inspired by the success of Lucas' first real successful movie) that I got a taste of early rock 'n' roll songs in the vein of "(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock," the song that kicks off this 2-CD, 41-song album.
The songs presented here were not only chosen by director George Lucas because they fit the time period (no song here was released after 1962), but also because the songs themselves were like a Greek chorus commenting on the on-screen doings of Steve, Laurie, Curt, John, Carol, Debbie and Toad. If the mood is upbeat, then songs like "Rock Around The Clock" are featured. For more emotionally charged sequences (Steve and Laurie's heart-rending argument at the school dance, for instance), The Platters' famous cover of Kerns' "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" and "Only You" are perfect accompaniment.
From that first track by Bill Haley and the Comets (such a whimsical and punny band name) to the surfin' crowd-pleasing Beach Boys' "All Summer Long," the original soundtrack album of American Graffiti will not only have listeners who saw the movie remembering the film's various characters and situations, it will also evoke the seemingly more innocent era of that pre-Cuban Missile Crisis summer of '62, with its cruising teenagers, drive-in diners with roller skating waitresses and the optimism of the Kennedy years.
This is a fun soundtrack album to listen to. If you're old enough to remember the era, it will be a personal musical portal to the past. If you're like me, born after 1962 and more familiar with Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Usher, and Britney Spears, give it a listen. It may open your heart and soul to older, yet still wonderful styles of early rock 'n' roll.