Don't forget about Soundtracks

by on Tuesday, November 4 2008, 9:12am. Viewed 1,279 times.

I was looking through Central Library's CD collection for something to listen to the other day and happened upon an old favorite of mine; the soundtrack to "Bye Bye Birdie".  The original with Ann-Margaret and Bobby Rydell not the remake starring Chyna Phillips and I don't even know who the guy star was.  I just remember the remake was pretty awful.

Now, back to Bye Bye Birdie.  It's early 60's and pre-Beatles.  Ann-Margaret portrays teenager Kim McAfee newly pinned by Hugo Peabody (Bobby Rydell) and also chosen to be the girl that will receive a farewell kiss("One Last Kiss")  from teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie before he leaves to serve his country.  Suffice it to say the movie itself is a treat and the soundtrack is just full of the catchy little tunes from the movie.  From the beginning telephone montage as the classmates share the news via the grapevine to the classics "I Got a Lot of Living to do" and "Put on a Happy Face" this is the kind of movie soundtrack that just puts you in a good mood. So "Put on a Happy Face" with Dick VanDyke and enjoy listening to this wonderful soundtrack. 

Please share your favorite soundtracks with the rest of us bloggers. 

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E-Dub@evpl wrote
on Monday, November 3 2008, 3:58pm

What a cool topic. I hadn't really thought of the soundtracks I listen to until I read your post. There have been some great movie soundtracks! My faves: "Amelie" and "Virgin Suicides", both of which are atmospheric, mysterious & beautiful, and (now for something completely different) "Legally Blond" which is just fun & upbeat. We have all of them so have a look in the catalog ( and try some out!

googler@evpl wrote
on Monday, November 3 2008, 4:31pm

My favorite soundtrack is still The Blues Brothers. Best recording of "Rawhide" ever.

on Monday, November 3 2008, 6:20pm

The only soundtracks I've ever liked enough to buy are Garden State and Once. I listen to both of those on a semi-regular basis. Also, make all the jokes you want, but I've been meaning to get a copy of the Dirty Dancing soundtrack.

on Monday, November 3 2008, 6:22pm

Oh, another pretty good one is High Fidelity. I love Jack Black singing Let's Get It On.

on Tuesday, November 4 2008, 9:28am

When I was a teen I listened to the original Broadway cast recording of CAMELOT over and over.  JFK was president then and there was a feeling that we might be in a new Camelot.  I can still hear those wonderful voices in my head -- Richard Burton (King Arthur), Julie Harris (Guinevere), and Robert Goulet (Lancelot).  We have the recording at McCollough and Central.

Bufkinite@evpl wrote
on Tuesday, November 4 2008, 4:58pm

I remember listening to the soundtrack of "Easy Rider" over and over again in my teenage years.  More recently, the soundtrack to "Juno" and "Amelie" (still the most perfect movie of the last decade in my book) have gotten a lot of play.

seeker@evpl wrote
on Wednesday, November 5 2008, 12:31pm

Soundtracks are my weakness - I play them from overture to finale and sing along without any regard to key or range.  I love the classics from Rogers & Hammerstein/Hart or Lerner and Loewe, but recently I've been playing Chicago (Broadway AND movie soundtrack)with the "Cell Block Tango", "All That Jazz" - Queen Latifah belting out "When You're Good to Mama" which somehow temps me to put on "Guys and Dolls" -- which leads to "Lil' Abner" --- which for some unfathomable reason leads to "The Harvey Girls" -----which naturally make me think of "First Impressions" (a musical version of "Pride and Prejudice").  

Suddenly I realize that the reason my cat is staring at me disapprovingly is that it's 2:00 in the morning and he wants me fresh and ready to feed him at 8 in the morning!

It's easy to loose all track of time listening to music that carries us away.  I think soundtracks appeal to us on so many different levels - the music, the lyrics, the plot or characters we identify with, and our memories of our feelings when we first saw/heard it.  What really makes me wonder are the emotions they pull from deep inside us that sometimes have little logic on a conscious level.  Sometimes we just love them 'cause we love them.

on Wednesday, November 5 2008, 5:05pm

Another one I enjoy is The Muppet Show: the 25th Anniversary Collection : Music, Mayhem, and More! which includes songs from the show as well as songs from Muppet movies.