Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Various Artists - 41 Original Hits From The Soundtrack of American Graffiti (1973)

Here at the CD Project, any and all donations of CDs are welcome (our unofficial motto: "If it's free, I'll take three!").  This donated compilation arrived here at corporate headquarters just the other day.  The official 1973 soundtrack album of the film American Graffiti, it has been certified triple platinum in the U.S.  Stupidly, it's probably not something I'd have bought for myself, but it's a welcome addition to my collection. I'm in full agreement with critic Richie Unterberger when he writes:
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.
It's all good fun; my top tracks are marked with a

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #10


Disc 1:
Bill Haley and His Comets(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock1952
The Crests Sixteen Candles1958
Del Shannon Runaway1961
Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers Why Do Fools Fall in Love1956
Buddy Holly That'll Be The Day 1957
Buster Brown Fanny Mae1959
Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids At The Hop1973
Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids She's So Fine1973
The Diamonds The Stroll1957
The Tempos See You in September1959
The Beach Boys Surfin' Safari 1962
The Fleetwoods (He's) The Great Imposter1961
Chuck Berry Almost Grown1959
The Platters Smoke Gets in Your Eyes1959
The Diamonds Little Darlin'1957
Joey Dee & The Starlighters Peppermint Twist1961
The Regents Barbara Ann 1961
The Monotones The Book of Love1958
Buddy Holly Maybe Baby1958
Lee Dorsey Ya Ya 1961
The Platters The Great Pretender1955

Disc 2:
Fats DominoAin't That a Shame1955
Chuck Berry Johnny B. Goode1958
The Flamingos I Only Have Eyes For You1959
The Silhouettes Get a Job1958
The Five Satins To the Aisle 1957
Bobby Freeman Do You Wanna Dance?1958
Buddy Knox Party Doll1957
The Del-Vikings Come Go With Me1957
Johnny Burnette You're Sixteen 1960
The Clovers Love Potion No. 91959
The Skyliners Since I Don't Have You 1958
The Big Bopper Chantilly Lace1958
Mark Dinning Teen Angel1960
Sonny Till & The Orioles Crying in the Chapel1953
The Heartbeats A Thousand Miles Away1957
The Cleftones Heart and Soul1961
Booker T. & The MG's Green Onions 1962
The Platters Only You (And You Alone)1954
The Spaniels Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite1953
The Beach Boys All Summer Long1964

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None


  1. I watched AG on HBO numerous times in the early 80's. As a faithful watcher of Happy Days (even thru the rough years at the end), the music of the late 50's and early 60's was something I enjoyed. I even would watch Sha Na Na's syndicated half hour show (after they got such big exposure in Grease). This music was classic then and still is today.

  2. This one is near and dear to my heart. Even the soundtrack resonated with me because it was the music my own father had grown up listening to and continued to enjoy throughout his life. He even had the unique privilege to hear Wolfman Jack firsthand as he broadcast near the Texas border.

    Love these songs, love the movie and I cherish the memories they both bring.