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The Boat That Rocked [Movie Soundtrack]

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The soundtrack to Richard Curtis' salute to British pirate radio doesn't quite have the crazed, maverick spirit of legend, partially due to the song selection and partially due to the passage of time. Back in the late '60s, hearing the Who and Hendrix intercut with Motown and Dusty Springfield had a dangerous thrill, especially in the U.K. where this was only heard on pirate radio, not the BBC, but in 2009, having all these sounds on one compilation can't help but feel a little commonplace, since there have been 25 years of reissues that cover similar ground. That said, this is a tremendously entertaining set that does a good job of balancing the very familiar ("I Can See for Miles," "The Letter," "Crimson and Clover," "My Generation," etc.) with some left-field choices like "Yesterday Man," "I've Been a Bad Boy," and "The Happening." If this leans just a little bit too heavily on the familiar, well, that's just an indication that this soundtrack isn't for those who actually experienced pirate radio (or U.S. radio) in the '60s, it's for those who wish they had been there.

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