41 Original Hits from the Soundtrack of American Graffiti

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41 Original Hits from the Soundtrack of American Graffiti
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Soundtrack album from American Graffiti by Various
Released August 1973 (LP)
June 22, 1993 (CD)
Recorded 1953-1973
Genre Rock and roll, Doo-wop, R&B
Label MCA 8001
Producer Gil Rodin (soundtrack producer)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]

41 Original Hits from the Soundtrack of American Graffiti is the official 1973 soundtrack album of the film American Graffiti. It has been certified triple platinum in the U.S., where it peaked at #10 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

Included in the film, but not on the soundtrack, are "Gee" by The Crows, "Louie Louie" by Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids, and Harrison Ford's in-character a cappella rendition of "Some Enchanted Evening".

A second compilation, titled More American Graffiti (MCA 8007) (and not to be confused with the 1979 film sequel of that name) was issued by MCA in early 1975, with George Lucas's approval.[citation needed] It features more rock and doo-wop hits from the late '50s and early '60s (only one of which, the Crows' "Gee", was featured in the film), along with additional Wolfman Jack dialogue. A third and final oldies compilation, titled American Graffiti Vol. III (MCA 8008) was also issued by MCA in early 1976. All three albums were released as 2-record sets, or as a double-length tape and are now entirely out of print.

All songs on the soundtrack album are presented in the order they appeared in the film.

The UK version of the soundtrack album is slightly reordered and omits three tracks; both Beach Boys songs and "Teen Angel" by Mark Dinning. The album is thus retitled "38 Original Hits from the Sound Track of American Graffiti".

Differences between vinyl and CD releases[edit]

Fats Domino's "Ain't That a Shame": On the original vinyl release of the soundtrack, an alternate version including an overdubbed female chorus (created for Domino's 1963 LP Let's Dance with Domino) is used. The CD issue uses the original hit single recording.

"Love Potion No. 9" by The Clovers: The vinyl release features the LP version which concludes with the lyrics "I had so much fun that I'm going back again. I wonder what will happen with Love Potion No. 10." The CD features the single version of the song which concludes by repeating the verse "But when I kissed the cop at 34th and Vine, he broke my little bottle of Love Potion No. 9."

"Party Doll" by Buddy Knox: fades out earlier than the original version during the final chorus.

Track listing[edit]

LP[edit]

Side one (Front side of record one)
No.TitleOriginal Artist and yearLength
1."(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock"Bill Haley & the Comets 19542:08
2."16 Candles"The Crests 19582:48
3."Runaway"Del Shannon 19612:18
4."Why Do Fools Fall in Love"Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers 19562:14
5."That'll Be the Day"The Crickets 19572:14
6."Fannie Mae"Buster Brown 19592:52
7."At the Hop"Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids 19732:25
8."She's So Fine"Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids 19732:18
9."The Stroll"The Diamonds 19572:26
10."See You In September"The Tempos 19592:03
Side two (Front side of record two)
No.TitleOriginal Artist and yearLength
1."Surfin' Safari"The Beach Boys 19622:05
2."(He's) The Great Imposter"The Fleetwoods 19611:33
3."Almost Grown"Chuck Berry 19592:09
4."Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"The Platters 19582:37
5."Little Darlin'"The Diamonds 19572:04
6."Peppermint Twist"Joey Dee and the Starlighters 19611:58
7."Barbara Ann"The Regents 19612:14
8."The Book of Love"The Monotones 19582:17
9."Maybe Baby"Buddy Holly 19572:01
10."Ya Ya"Lee Dorsey 19612:22
11."The Great Pretender"The Platters 19552:35
Side three (Back side of record two)
No.TitleOriginal Artist and yearLength
1."Ain't That a Shame"Fats Domino 19552:31
2."Johnny B. Goode"Chuck Berry 19582:38
3."I Only Have Eyes for You"The Flamingos 19593:09
4."Get a Job"The Silhouettes 19582:37
5."To the Aisle"The Five Satins 19572:44
6."Do You Want To Dance"Bobby Freeman 19582:35
7."Party Doll"Buddy Knox 19571:54
8."Come Go with Me"The Del-Vikings 19562:37
9."You're Sixteen - You're Beautiful (And You're Mine)"Johnny Burnette 19601:56
10."Love Potion No. 9"The Clovers 19591:53
Side four (Back side of record one)
No.TitleOriginal Artist and yearLength
1."Since I Don't Have You"The Skyliners 19582:35
2."Chantilly Lace"The Big Bopper 19582:21
3."Teen Angel"Mark Dinning 19592:35
4."Crying in the Chapel"Sonny Till & the Orioles 19533:04
5."A Thousand Miles Away"The Heartbeats 19572:25
6."Heart and Soul"The Cleftones 19611:49
7."Green Onions"Booker T. & the M.G.'s 19622:25
8."Only You (And You Alone)"The Platters 19552:35
9."Goodnight, Well it's Time to Go"The Spaniels 19542:43
10."All Summer Long"The Beach Boys 19642:05

CD[edit]

Disc One
No.TitleOriginal Artist and yearLength
1."Rock Around the Clock"Bill Haley & His Comets 1954 
2."16 Candles"The Crests 1958 
3."Runaway"Del Shannon 1961 
4."Why Do Fools Fall in Love"Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers 1956 
5."That'll Be the Day"Buddy Holly 1957 
6."Fanny Mae"Buster Brown 1959 
7."At the Hop"Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids 1973 
8."She's So Fine"Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids 1973 
9."The Stroll"The Diamonds 1957 
10."See You In September"The Tempos 1959 
11."Surfin' Safari"The Beach Boys 1962 
12."(He's) The Great Imposter"The Fleetwoods 1961 
13."Almost Grown"Chuck Berry 1959 
14."Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"The Platters 1959 
15."Little Darlin'"The Diamonds 1957 
16."Peppermint Twist"Joey Dee and the Starlighters 1961 
17."Barbara Ann"The Regents 1961 
18."The Book of Love"The Monotones 1958 
19."Maybe Baby"Buddy Holly 1958 
20."Ya Ya"Lee Dorsey 1961 
21."The Great Pretender"The Platters 1955 
Disc Two
No.TitleOriginal Artist and yearLength
1."Ain't That a Shame"Fats Domino 1955 
2."Johnny B. Goode"Chuck Berry 1958 
3."I Only Have Eyes for You"The Flamingos 1959 
4."Get a Job"The Silhouettes 1958 
5."To the Aisle"The Five Satins 1957 
6."Do You Wanna Dance?"Bobby Freeman 1958 
7."Party Doll"Buddy Knox 1957 
8."Come Go with Me"The Del-Vikings 1957 
9."You're Sixteen" (written by Bob & Dick Sherman)Johnny Burnette 1960 
10."Love Potion No. 9"The Clovers 1959 
11."Since I Don't Have You"The Skyliners 1958 
12."Chantilly Lace"The Big Bopper 1958 
13."Teen Angel"Mark Dinning 1960 
14."Crying in the Chapel"Sonny Till & the Orioles 1953 
15."A Thousand Miles Away"The Heartbeats 1957 
16."Heart and Soul"The Cleftones 1961 
17."Green Onions"Booker T. & the M.G.'s 1962 
18."Only You (And You Alone)"The Platters 1954 
19."Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite"The Spaniels 1953 
20."All Summer Long"The Beach Boys 1964 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie. American Graffiti Original Soundtrack review allmusic.com. Retrieved on 2011-08-09.