American Graffiti Highlights: 25th Anniversary Edition

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American Graffiti Highlights: 25th Anniversary Edition Review

by Cub Koda

In 1998, the original two-album set gets reduced to a single compact-disc selection to coincide with the 25th anniversary re-release of the original motion picture American Graffiti -- hence this best-of compilation, a curious release in and of itself. Still utilizing voice-overs from the late disc jockey Wolfman Jack, who had a memorable cameo in the movie, American Graffiti Highlights: 25th Anniversary Edition pares the original two-disc set down to highlights from Chuck Berry ("Johnny B. Goode," "Almost Grown"), Buddy Holly ("That'll Be the Day," "Maybe Baby"), the Platters ("Only You," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"), great rocking one-shots from Fats Domino, Del Shannon, Johnny Burnette, Bill Haley, and the Beach Boys, and plenty of great doo wop from the Spaniels, the Skyliners, the Clovers, Dell Vikings, the Five Satins, the Flamingos, the Regents, and the Diamonds. Even in this truncated 20-track form, this is still one great little oldies compilation to add to the collection.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Bill Haley 02:10 Amazon
2 Del Shannon 02:18 Amazon
3 Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers 02:17 Amazon
4 Buddy Holly 02:15 Amazon
5 Chuck Berry 02:19 Amazon
6 The Platters 02:37 Amazon
7 The Diamonds 02:07 Amazon
8 The Regents 02:12 Amazon
9 Buddy Holly 02:01 Amazon
10 Fats Domino 02:25 Amazon
11 Chuck Berry 02:39 Amazon
12 The Flamingos 03:31 Amazon
13 The Five Satins 02:44 Amazon
14 The Del Vikings 02:40 Amazon
15 Johnny Burnette 01:56 Amazon
16 The Clovers 01:51 Amazon
17 The Skyliners 02:37 Amazon
18 The Platters 02:40 Amazon
19 The Spaniels 02:43 Amazon
20 The Beach Boys 02:06 Amazon
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