Original Soundtrack

American Graffiti

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AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger

The soundtrack to the George Lucas film about teenage life in a small California town in the early '60s was probably the best thing about the movie, featuring several dozen outstanding early rock & roll hits. There's nothing terribly obscure here -- in fact, most of these were big smashes -- but it's a good survey of rock's early days, ranging from superstars like Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, and the Beach Boys to great one-shots like the Monotones, the Tempos, and Buster Brown. Drawbacks: Wolfman Jack talks over the intros of a few songs, and there are a couple tracks by early-'70s Sha Na Na-type revivalists Flash Cadillac.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Bill Haley 02:12
2 The Crests 02:52
3 Del Shannon 02:19
4 Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers 02:20
5 Buddy Holly 02:17
6 Buster Brown 02:58
7 Flash Cadillac / Continental Kids 02:29
8 Flash Cadillac / Continental Kids 02:24
9 The Diamonds 02:29
10 The Tempos 02:10
11 The Beach Boys 02:07
12 The Fleetwoods 02:13
13 Chuck Berry 02:22
14 The Platters 02:40
15 The Diamonds 02:10
16 Joey Dee & the Starliters 02:04
17 The Regents 02:11
18 The Monotones 02:20
19 Buddy Holly 02:03
20 Lee Dorsey 02:27
21 The Platters 02:38
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